IUGB Foundation Names Kajunju to Head Atlanta-based Non-Profit
ATLANTA- An entrepreneur and advocate of African higher education and economic development, Amini Kajunju has been named executive director of the IUGB Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta. The Foundation is dedicated to empowering students and helping to develop the necessary resources to make the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) a center of excellence for higher education in West Africa.
According to William Fitzgibbon, chairman of the board of the IUGB Foundation, “Amini’s vast background and keen interest in higher education in Africa will bring a new and exciting dimension to the Foundation. We are thrilled she has agreed to lead us and to help the university and its students reach new levels of excellence.”
Kajunju will oversee the full execution of the Foundation’s goals and objectives as the organization continues its rapid growth in support of the university and its mission.
“I am extremely pleased to be part of the IUGB Foundation,” said Kajunju. “Our role in helping support the students of West Africa is critical, not only to their futures but to the future of the country.” She added, “I look forward to working with individuals and companies to help make the International University of Grand-Bassam a center of educational excellence and to provide support to the next generation of African leaders.”
Kajunju joins the Foundation from Africa Integras, where she served as director of strategic partnerships. Africa Integras invests in the development of education infrastructure, including academic facilities, student hostels and faculty housing at African universities.
Prior to her role with African Integras, Kajunju was president and CEO of the African-American Institute (AAI), a U.S. based non-profit dedicated to strengthening human capacity in Africa. She is the first African to serve at the helm of this, the oldest nonprofit organization of its kind in the United States.
A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kajunju also founded the Bashi Group, an international consultancy focused on education and entrepreneurship in Africa in 2016.
With 20 years of experience in entrepreneurial and economic development, she joined AAI from the Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO), a New York-based nonprofit small business development service provider serving New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, where she was executive director for 10 years.
Kajunju previously served in program positions at the International Executive Service Corps and Social Science Research Council and interned at the Center for Humanitarian Outreach & Intercultural Exchange and The Carter Presidential Center. She is a founding member and Vice-President of the Board of ANGELAFRICA, a nonprofit organization whose mission seeks to build a network of business and professional leaders and promote economic growth in Africa. Kajunju is on the board of numerous organizations, including Junior Achievement Africa and Walnut Hill School of the Arts.
The new IUGB Foundation head holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with an emphasis on economic development from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in finance and management from New York University.