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Elizabeth Ngonzi

Elizabeth Ngonzi

Adjunct Instructor

Elizabeth Ngonzi is an award-winning entrepreneurial leader, accomplished strategist, seasoned educator and global speaker dedicated to enabling organizations to fulfill their missions and individuals to reach their full potential.

Most recently, she served as the turnaround CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North American representative of the South African non-profit, Afrika Tikkun. Afrika Tikkun – one of only four nonprofits worldwide for which President Nelson Mandela volunteered to act as Patron in Chief – has for 25 years successfully delivered innovative social development services to disadvantaged children and their families in South Africa. She developed the North American arm into a next-generation nonprofit by forging strategic partnerships with global organizations, corporations, nonprofits, academic institutions and individuals.

A member of the U.S. Speaker Program at the U.S. Department of State, she is also a global public speaker who frequently addresses are entrepreneurship, leadership, youth development, philanthropy, and technological innovations advancing international development.

At NYU she develops courses for nonprofit leaders and grant makers seeking to leverage technology to more effectively engage with their stakeholders. As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cornell University Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship, she helped budding entrepreneurs identify and demonstrate their unique value propositions to prospective funders.

She has been quoted and/or featured by Black Enterprise Magazine, CCTV America, CNBC, Crain’s NY Business, Forbes Woman, MarketWatch, NPR, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Currently Teaching

Digital Storytelling, Innovation, and Fundraising

Learn to leverage digital platforms to effectively raise awareness about a cause, diversify fundraising, and innovate to become more relevant.

Introduction to Digital Storytelling, Innovation, and Fundraising: Intensive in Fundraising

Examine how technology and the Internet are changing fundraising practices and how to apply these tools successfully at your nonprofit.