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Elizabeth Ngonzi

Elizabeth Ngonzi

Adjunct Instructor

Elizabeth Ngonzi is an award-winning international consultant, educator, speaker, executive coach, leveraging her distinguished 20+ year career to enable social impact organizations and leaders to more effectively define and tell their stories to activate stakeholders.

During her career, she has overseen the turnaround of a Nelson Mandela-endorsed international nonprofit organization; been an invited member of the U.S. Speaker Program at the U.S. Department of State; founded and run an international boutique consulting firm; excelled in various corporate roles; taught and guest lectured at top academic institutions in the U.S. and abroad; and delivered training that has transformed lives and organizations worldwide.


At The Center for Global Affairs at NYU, she teaches nonprofit leaders how to use digital storytelling and
platforms to more effectively raise funds and engage stakeholders. Until 2018, Ms. Ngonzi served as the turnaround CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA – one of only four Nelson Mandela-endorsed nonprofits worldwide – which she developed into an in-demand organization by drawing on her entrepreneurial approach to social impact, leveraging digital storytelling, diversifying fundraising, professionalizing operations and creating cross-sector partnerships.


A frequent international public speaker and trainer, Ms. Ngonzi covers digital storytelling, entrepreneurship, leadership, branding, and digital innovations facilitating social impact. Venues have included Candid (formerly known as The Foundation Center); the International Fundraising Congress; SXSW; TEDx CornellU; UNICEF; Vital Voices Global Partnerships; WeWork; and the Woodrow Wilson Center.


Organizations she has advised include America Needs You; AMREF Health USA; Communities in Schools of New Jersey; Cornell University Office of Diversity Alumni Programs and School of Hotel Administration; National Eating Disorders Association; the North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; and the United Nations.


Ms. Ngonzi is a 2019 cohort member of the “Most Influential People of African Descent” (MIPAD 100); was a 2017 recipient of the African Diaspora Awards “Advocate of the Year” Award; was featured in 2016 by WeWork’s Creator Magazine as one of its “40 Over 40” leaders; and was recognized by BRANDfog as one of the “25 Smartest Women on Twitter 2015”.


She has been quoted in or featured by Black Enterprise Magazine, CCTV America, CNBC, Crain’s NY Business, Forbes Woman, MarketWatch, NPR, South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) News, The
Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The NonProfit Times and The Washington Post.


Ms. Ngonzi earned a Master of Management in Hospitality degree (Services Marketing concentration) from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration; a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from Syracuse University iSchool; and a High School Diploma from the United Nations International School, which she attended for primary and secondary school.

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.