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Profile: Amandla Ooko-Ombaka
Amandla Ooko-Ombaka is a Business Associate with Maendeleo Group. She is an international development specialist with a public sector heart, a private sector mind and a passion for getting things done. Her professional and academic work is focused on how private sector led growth can build capabilities and institutions for governance in Africa.
Amandla has 7+ years of experience supporting performance transformations for Fortune 100 companies, governments & non-profits across Africa, Asia and North America. As a consultant with McKinsey & Company in their U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa Offices, she served public and private sectors clients across 8+ industries in over 30 cities. She was affiliated with the Oil & Gas practice working on multi-billion dollar projects. However, her work in Africa ranges from designing a financial inclusion architecture for Ethiopia targeting 8 million+ citizens, to establishing performance management practices for a Kenyan bank targeting a top 5 market position.
As an independent consultant and governance advisor, Amandla has served the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, the Ministry of Infrastructure in Rwanda, Stanbic Bank amongst others on topics including Policy Analysis, Business Financial Planning, Board Structure & Performance, Organizational Restructuring and Strengths-Based Leadership. She continues to offer targeted business advisory to FTSE 100 and LSE listed companies through Catalant.
Amandla views leadership as a call to service, and often speaks and/or moderates global dialogues on this topic, including a recent session with President Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia, and Felipe Caledron of Mexico (IDEASpHERE 2016). She supports the African Leadership Network (ALN) serving as an advisor to the CEO, and has co-founded several leadership and service oriented initiatives including the media platform secondstoryafrica.com, and the Leadership Institute at Yale – a 501(c)(3).
A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Amandla holds a BA in Economics & International Studies with distinction from Yale University, an MPA in International Development and an MBA from Harvard where she was a Center for Public Leadership Fellow. She is currently working on her first book, a biography of her father. You can follow her on Twitter @AmandlaOO