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

The top 4 programmes unlocking youth potential

18 May 2022

South Africa has a record high unemployment rate for job seekers between the ages of 15 to 24. On a positive note, this month’s edition of Public Sector Leaders, takes a look at public-private partnerships that assist in creating job opportunities in South Africa, especially for the youth.


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Harambee in the News

Harambee podcast interview with Sherrie Donaldson

10 May 2022

Man in the Van has a conversation with Sherrie Donaldson of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, to find out more about this organisation and the important role that it plays in not only preparing youth for the workplace, but also assisting both job seekers and employers to connect with each other.


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Harambee in the News

How a Leadership Base Camp builds young artisans’ soft skills to help them succeed at work

26 Apr 2022

Many young South Africans lack the essential “soft” skills to succeed in the workplace, despite having the appropriate training and eagerness to work. But a Leadership Base Camp designed and developed by Harambee education partner, BluLever Education is changing all that.


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