Maryana Iskander

Executive Board Member & CEO

Maryana Iskander has served since 2013 as Chief Executive Officer of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, a leading social enterprise building African solutions to tackle the global challenge of youth unemployment. She brings a track record of scaling organisations through partnership models, data-driven delivery, talent management and technology innovation. 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, a US$1 billion organisation that is America’s largest provider of women’s healthcare. Maryana was 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.

Other Interesting Articles

Harambee in the News

From the desk of the President: SAYouth.mobi enabling the Presidential Employment Stimulus

18 Oct 2021

Since the Department of Basic Education opened applications for the next cohort of school assistants just two weeks ago, over 940,000 young people have applied via the zero-rated recruitment platform called SAYouth.mobi, which forms part of the national Pathway Management Network.


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Harambee in the News

Rooting for change: solving the unemployment crisis

06 Oct 2021

In this episode of the Impact Room, we meet the women leaders charting a new course against unemployment – and delivering results.


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Harambee in the News

When scale is not enough: To tackle youth unemployment in South Africa, we need systems change

30 Sep 2021

No single social enterprise can scale operations enough to address the significant, complex, and severe crisis of unemployment and specifically youth unemployment in South Africa. What is needed is systems change, which recognizes and address the complexity of the challenge to go farther and faster together.


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