Eddie Mandhry is a Senior Fellow at Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic venture co-founded by the former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt & Wendy Schmidt. Presently building the Virtual Center for Advanced Potential, a global network of researchers and practitioners working to advance the field of talent discovery and development - bridging the gap between talent and opportunities.
He was most recently Director for Africa and the Middle East at Yale where he led the university president’s Africa Initiative, and advanced Yale’s bi-directional partnerships across Africa and the Middle East. His work was at the intersection of people, ideas, and institutions pursuing innovative solutions to urgent global challenges. Prior to joining Yale, he was the Associate Director of NYU Africa House, and the NYU Abu Dhabi Center for Technology & Economic Development. He is a Carnegie New Leader and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.
Eddie holds an MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Science/African Studies from Hampshire College. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
There is a lack of focused discourse highlighting innovation in exceptional talent identification and development in Africa. There is an urgent need to harness/unlock the potential of Africa’s demographic dividend by way of its youthful population. This panel will seek to learn from a diverse set of entrepreneurs at the forefront of reimagining how we educate the world’s youngest population. We will explore how for- and non-profit models face incredible opportunities and challenges as they scale across borders on the continent.