JA Africa is excited to welcome Amini Kajunju to its Board of Directors. Amini Kajunju is currently the director of Strategic Partnerships at Africa Integras, she works with African universities to help them enhance and expand their network of partnerships with academic, financial, private, non-profit and governmental organizations.
Amini was named one of 20 Young Power Women in Africa by Forbes and “Advocate of the Year” at Applause Africa’s African Diaspora Awards in 2013. In 2016, she also founded the Bashi Group, an international consulting firm whose mission is to support projects related to education and entrepreneurship in Africa.
Prior to her current roles, Amini Kajunju was the first African President and CEO of the Africa-America Institute (AAI) – the oldest non-profit organization of its kind in the US – where she initiated and directed programs in higher education and skills training, including the Future Leaders Legacy Fund, East African Development Bank STEM scholarship fund and the State of Education in Africa conference. Prior to AAI, Ms. Kajunju was the Executive Director of the Workshop in Business Opportunities (WIBO from 2001 to 2011. WIBO supports entrepreneurs with training, networking and business resources.
Amini currently serves on the advisory committee of University of South Africa (UNISA), is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Economics of Innovation Council, a founding member and Vice-President at the non-profit AngelAfrica. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brigham Young University and a Master’s in Public Administration from New York University. Amini Kajunju is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo.