Meet modern-day revolutionary, Liz Ngonzi, a Ugandan-born international connector and communicator with a master plan to challenge myths about Africa and the diverse people who make up its 55 unique countries. As the founder of Amazing Taste, a boutique-consulting firm, she develops online and traditional marketing strategies and training programs for both the U.S. and international nonprofits.
Ngonzi, a Cornell University graduate, got the inspiration early to become a voice of social change. From preschool to high school, she attended the United Nations International School in New York City. At 9 years old, her mom a lifelong gender rights activist and United Nations executive, exposed her to the plight of women worldwide.
Now recognized as a global thought leader, Ngonzi continues to breathe life into her work by creating platforms, forging strategic relationships and facilitating discussions for nonprofit organizations throughout New York, Africa and Europe.
How does Ngonzi do it? “Whenever I have a suitable platform to deliver my message, I seize the opportunity to create new narratives about Africa,” Ngonzi says. In 2012, she co-organized a panel for the SXSW technology conference entitled, “Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development,” to cast African women in a new light by showcasing those who work in or leverage technology. In 2013, she presented at the NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising where she teaches about Africa, Tech and Philanthropy. And this month, she participated on the Women’s Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) Africa Symposium in Lagos, Nigeria.
BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the culture cultivator to talk her career transitions and how other women can pursue a path in global development.
BlackEnterprise.com: What inspired you to go into international development?
I spent the first 10 years of my career in corporate America, but 12 years ago, I was hit by the entrepreneurial bug and decided to apply the skills, networks and experience I’d gained from my corporate career to nonprofit organizations with nationwide and global footprints. I chose international development because I guess it’s in my blood: I’ve been traveling internationally from the age of 4, and I’ve always been aware of and interested in global issues—all of which have resulted in my unique worldview.
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