Maryana Iskander

Chief Executive Officer

Maryana Iskander is Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. She brings a track record of scaling organisations through technology innovation, partnership models, data-driven delivery, and talent management. In 2019, Maryana led Harambee to receive the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the Conscious Companies Award. Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and as Advisor to the President of Rice University. Maryana was also an associate at global consultancy McKinsey & Company, and a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She earned a B.A. magna cum laude from Rice University, an M.Sc. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she received a Distinguished Alumna Award. Maryana is a Henry Crown Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She also serves on the board of World Education Services, a leading institution in the field of education and professional development.

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Harambee in the News

The World of work: First time entries in the job market

12 Jan 2022

With matric results coming out later this month, Harambee’s Chief Engagement Officer, Zengeziwe Msimang spoke to Radio702’s Clement Manyathela about tips, tricks and high-quality advice for young people starting, or continuing their journey into work, regardless of their education status.


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CID Speaker Series Podcast featuring Sharmi Surianarain

Sharmi Surianarain, Chief Impact Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator continues her conversation with with CID Student Ambassador, Jamar Williams, after an appearance at the virtual CID Speaker Series event.


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4 lessons in transforming systems from the world’s best social impact organisations

17 Dec 2021

These nonprofit institutions are “system shapers,” embedding innovation inside governments and sectors.


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