Anne Shongwe
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Anne ShongweAnne is the Founder and CEO of Afroes Transformational Multi-Media & Consulting. Afroes is a social enterprise that creates and deploys innovative interactive digital and media technology dialogue solutions rooted in Africa’s rich heritage.

The core mission of Afroes is to inspire the conversations and actions of Africans with digital or face-to-face dialogue on hope and possibility. In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Childrens’ Fund-led Champions-for-Children campaign, Afroes is developing digital gaming simulations to engage and inspire action amongst young people across South Africa and the region, of the dangers likely to face them during the forthcoming World Cup. Afroes has been working in partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the African Futures Institute, the Nelson Mandela Children’s’ Fund and the African Leadership Academy.

Afroes also provides face-to-face strategic consulting services to high-value development agencies working in Africa with a strong social transformation agenda. Among these are the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WHO and the UNDP.

Prior to establishing Afroes, Anne has been an International Development professional with over 20 years of social and economic development experience working with the United Nations and Management Consulting firms across Africa, Asia and the United States. Anne is committed to Africa’s agenda for transformation in partnership with Africa’s citizens and global partners and has a proven track record in providing innovative strategy and policy solutions to countries including high-level advisory services to Governments and their Cabinets.

While with the United Nations Development Programme for 15 years, Anne served as Assistant Resident Representative, as Development Policy Advisor and Regional Policy Advisor in various roles. At the UNDP, Anne led the coordination and development of globally recognized Human Development Reports for South Africa; facilitated high-level policy dialogue at both Cabinet and Senior Government level; and, co-produced cutting edge tools on HIV and AIDS and Capacity Development.

Following her departure after 15 years with the United Nations, Anne was selected to co-author and facilitate the development of the Long-term Strategy for Africa’s Conference of Ministers of Public Service in October 2008. Anne continues to provide innovative development solutions to countries and organizations working on Africa.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University, New York, a Masters degree in International Development from The American University, Washington DC and a post-graduate Certificate in Management Development from Jones International University in conjunction with the UNDP. © Anne Shongwe 2010