The Team

Madelle Kangha

Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) YSDC 2021: Pan-African Edition

A Lawyer by profession, Madelle is a United Nations Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Founder of the Jumpstart Group. The Jumpstart Group is a network of institutions which seek which seek to harness Africa’s demographic dividend by fostering entrepreneurship and creating employment opportunities for young people.

Most notable among these institutions is Jumpstart Academy Africa, a social venture which is accelerating Africa’s readiness for the future of work by equipping young people with workforce and soft skills.

Since commencing operations in 2014, JumpStart Academy Africa has reached over 20,000 young people through their programs and campaigns; impacting them in the areas of Academic Excellence, Civic Engagement and Enterprise Creation.

In recognition of Madelle’s work with Jumpstart Academy Africa, Madelle has been featured by Forbes as “Innovative Africans Fixing a Broken Education System”.  Madelle has also received awards and recognition from the Queens Young Leaders, American Express Emerging Innovators, Ashoka Changemakers, One Young World, Vital Voices and Avance Media as one of the Most Influential Young Africans.

Madelle holds an LL.M from Georgetown University, a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Anthropology from the London School of Economics; and is an alumnus of the African Leadership Academy, Watson University, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.