Minerals Africa Development Institution (MADI) in partnership with the Calestous Juma Legacy Foundation (CJLF) is proud to announce the winners of the recent inaugural Prof. Calestous Juma Essay Competition which was concluded early this year. We are proud to announce the following outstanding essays as the winners respectively:
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Meet the Judges
Kate is the Project Coordinator at the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, where she supports a range of editorial and organizational projects. Her previous work at HKS includes roles with the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Belfer Center and the Innovations in Government Program at the Ash Center. During her time at Harvard, she completed a certificate in Environmental Policy & International Development, and currently serves on the Calestous Juma Legacy Foundation board, with the goal of seeing positive change in the Lake Victoria basin area of Africa.
Kate has a BA from Loyola University, New Orleans in Communications & English and an MA from the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies.
Victoria Chengo is a Research Fellow in the Climate Resilient Economies (CRE) Programme, and the Tomorrow’s Cities Nairobi Risk Hub Manager at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). Driven by her passion and background on Earth Sciences, Victoria aspires to create a meaningful impact in Africa’s Sustainable Development through evidence-based research and capacity building engagements in the fields of climate change (climate action and governance), sustainable cities & development – disaster risk reduction, and natural resources management – energy & water development. Besides her current work at ACTS, she has over years gained substantial experience in these fields from previous career development engagements such as serving as an intern at UNEP in the Department of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA), and actively involving herself in climate, environmental policy and governance initiatives as a volunteer in organizations and movements such as African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) and 350.org.
Robin is an entrepreneur working to build both market and social impact. Previously, Robin was VP of market development at Endurance International Group. He has worked with Ashoka, a global network of social innovators, and with Public Interest Registry, which operates .ORG domains globally. He was on the founding team at Elevate Youth and at Global PACT, supporting young leaders to solve self-identified problems in their communities. Robin has previously served as a panelist at the MIT100K, MIT IDEAS social innovation challenge, and BUILD entrepreneurship competitions. He is a startup coach with MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamps, and holds an MBA from MIT and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.