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

Equip the youth to turn side hustles into full-time work

24 Jun 2022

Resilience alone in the face of crisis is not what will get us through. It needs to be coupled with intentional investment and support to address the reality of our country’s youth unemployment crisis.


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Harambee in the News

Conext 2022 in conversation with sector leader, Kasthuri Soni

Conext, the official publication of the Digital Council Africa, interviews Harambee’s Chief Executive Officer, Kasthuri Soni for the June 2022 edition of “In conversation with sector leadership”. Soni shares her advice and learnings on what energises her at work and how to empower others.


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Harambee in the News

Resilience and the clues it gives us for sustained, inclusive economic recovery

The latest Quarterly Labour Force Survey results suggest that the number of employed young people has increased for two consecutive quarters. While these numbers are the highest they have been in the past two years, this slight bounce-back is cause for very cautious optimism. Employment remains considerably lower than pre-lockdown.


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