Meet our speaker!
Désirée Younge has over 20 years of experiences as a cross-sector senior executive in philanthropy, for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Désirée's professional experience encompasses entrepreneurship and leadership development, poverty alleviation and economic development, practiced through venture philanthropy and impact investing business models.
Désirée has served in senior positions at Amazon's Last Mile Team (USA), Tory Burch Foundation (USA), The Tony Elumelu Foundation (Africa), Robin Hood Foundation (USA), and Synergos Institute (Global). Désirée is a risk-taker, and has run entrepreneurial ventures including Cotton Tree Philanthropy Advisors Inc., a philanthropic strategy and advisory entity that maximized social and economic returns for high net-worth individuals, nonprofits, and businesses.
One of her new ventures is a nonprofit – E2 Entrepreneurs Inc., which supports women-led social enterprises primarily in West Africa, with coaching, mentoring, access to local capital and a global network of experts and investors. E2 Entrepreneurs helps to scale or replicate impactful models across the African continent through its signature apprenticeship program. Through her consulting business- Conscious Catalyst Group, Désirée enjoys her work with start-ups and SMEs. She provides tactical and strategic advice to help her clients establish structure and actionable growth plans, which are key drivers to overall success.
Désirée holds a B.A. from Notre Dame of Maryland University, an M.A. in International Affairs from the New School and an EMBA from TRIUM Global Executive program. She is an active board member and advisory member of several organizations in the U.S. and West Africa.