Sharmi Surianarain

Chief Impact Officer

Sharmi Surianarain is Chief Impact Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. She leads research, knowledge, insights and advocacy, focusing on the impact our tools and capabilities we are making to change the system and contribute to solutions for the African continent. Sharmi brings extensive 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. Prior to ALA, Sharmi provided strategic advice to African 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.

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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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Harambee in the News

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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Harambee in the News

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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