Maryana Iskander

Executive Board Member & CEO

Maryana Iskander has served as Chief Executive Officer of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator since 2013. She brings a track record of scaling organisations through partnership models, data-driven delivery, talent management and technology innovation. Harambee has partnered with over 500 African businesses in South Africa and Rwanda and provided over 175,000 jobs and work experiences to unemployed youth. In 2019, Maryana led Harambee to receive the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the Concious 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.

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Harambee in the News

The Future of Work Podcast: A pathway to employment in Africa with Sharmi Surianarain

06 May 2021

In conversation with Harambee’s Sharmi Surianarain, the Brenthurst Foundation talks through the development challenges facing Africa and some of the solutions on offer for economic growth and prosperity.


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These South African app builders are creating digital solutions for new opportunities

12 Apr 2021

With the mobile phone at the centre of Africa’s digital connectivity, creative entrepreneurs are leveraging technology to build the continent’s digital future.


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South Africa awarded Top 2021 Most Favored Global Offshore CX Delivery Location

09 Apr 2021

South Africa, after three consecutive years in a humbling second place, has emerged as the number one global preferred front office CX offshore location.


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