Sharmi Surianarain

Chief Impact Officer

Sharmi Surianarain is Chief Impact Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. She leads research, knowledge, and insights, focusing on the impact of Harambee’s capabilities to change the system and contribute to solutions for the African continent. Sharmi brings prior experience in human capital management, education, and facilitating links to employment across Africa, India, and the United States. She served as Vice President of Lifelong Engagement at African Leadership Academy (ALA) where she oversaw a network of 2,000 young African leaders, managed ALA’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, Africa Careers Network, and ALA’s alumni engagement team. Sharmi also served as a management consultant providing strategic advice to clients including the Development Bank of South Africa, Transnet Capital Projects, and the Government of Mozambique. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Other Interesting Articles

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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Harambee in the News

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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