Maryana Iskander

Executive Board Member & CEO

Maryana Iskander has served as Chief Executive Officer of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator since 2013. She brings a track record of scaling organisations through partnership models, data-driven delivery, talent management and technology innovation. Harambee has partnered with over 500 African businesses in South Africa and Rwanda and provided over 175,000 jobs and work experiences to unemployed youth. In 2019, Maryana led Harambee to receive the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and the Concious Companies Award.

Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a US$1 billion organisation that is America’s largest provider of women’s healthcare. Maryana was an associate at global consultancy McKinsey & Company, and a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

She earned a B.A. magna cum laude from Rice University, an M.Sc. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she received a Distinguished Alumna Award. Maryana is a Henry Crown Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She also serves on the board of World Education Services, a leading institution in the field of education and professional development.

Other Interesting Articles

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Sector innovation creates new work from home call centre jobs for South African youth

24 Mar 2021

Collaboration between industry stakeholders proves it’s ability to unlock jobs.


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Harambee in the News

Too big to fail? How about too big to implement?

Why economic growth plans should focus on sector-level solutions.


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Harambee in the News

Business process outsourcing sector helps SA spring into jobs growth

11 Mar 2021

In partnership with the private sector, national government through the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), and youth employment accelerator Harambee the BPO sector has seen growth over the past year, with a growing pipeline of interested investors.


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