Strong business leader with demonstrated ability to build successful start-up businesses and break new ground. Cultivating ties with Boards, Regulators, customers and employees. Knowledge of the African economic landscape with the capacity to impact change.
Ebada is a seasoned Finance and investment expert with 9 years in the international and African market place. She is also a career banker and an Entrepreneur in the Hydroponics, Nano Technology and Solar Power business. In additions She is the Vice president of Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs (Africa’s largest Entrepreneurship network), a Director of the African Economic expansion Network (AEEN) and partner of SOA Solutions South Africa.
She transitioned from trader and commercial banker to serve as general manager in the startup of a Micro finance company that funded 90% women while providing mandatory financial literacy program and training on Debt management, book keeping and savings mobilization. In 18 months since inception the microfinance had disbursed affordable loans to 2,000,000 Kenyan women. Furs Leo was a cross model of Ujjivan micro finance in India (www.ujjivan.com) and retail risk management.
She is well vast in all economic, political and social matters Africa and with the growing concern of food security and employment, her company collaborated with Eden Green Hydroponics to set up vertical farming methods for Governments to serve small and large scale farmers and the formally unemployed young people and providing operating capital for hundred’s. Current investments in Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, Nigeria and Rwanda.
Together with IPS on a commercial scale, she is solving electrification problems that African Governments are facing by lighting up villages and towns through solar power; with an implementation of 120MW to date.
She co-founded the Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs, a private organization with 12.6 Millions members that has become a lead change agent in Africa which has produced more entrepreneurs than any other organization through its Intra-trade platforms and private entrepreneurship programs in 19 African countries. Ebada set up A.Y.E as co-founder with her personal funds.
Ms. Ahmed runs businesses that not only generate profits but have an overall positive impact on the lives of people. Their remains a substantial gap in infrastructure development and her role in AEEN is to link foreign direct investment to Africa projects either though debt, equity or both.
A Certified startup expert and investment guru, she also has vast experience in formulation and implementation of Business plans and risk management; Community and Stakeholder Relations & Development; Micro finance and Banking, Negotiations and People development, fund raising, Budget Development and crisis management. She is well respected in the development space.
Ebada earned a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political science from the University of Nairobi, and various other Trading and professional qualifications. She speaks Somali, English, Kiswahili and Written Arabic.
Ebada has continually received recognition for her Development and Finance expertise has been honored with youngest senior Bank manager recognition by central bank of Kenya, at the age of 23, Top 40 under 40 Kenyan women on business, 100 most influential people in East Africa, Change agent of year award, and in house banking awards and incentives.
She has given of her time and expertise by serving on various boards and ensuring every project she is involved in has social impact regardless of its size.
Ebada’s personal vision is to see A Africa that can be, should be and will be in matters of food security, power and improved standards of living. She will continue to support private entrepreneurship in Africa through A.Y.E , provide smart solutions of feeding Africa and raising grants for innovation while speaking for marginalized women and drive women inclusion agenda with national governments.