Melizsa Mugyenyi
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Melizsa Mugyenyi

Lead & Deputy Vice President, Strategic Engagements at World Data Lab Board Chair
Disruptive and systemic realignments in development, that shift power to Africa's visionaries are desperately needed. We can no longer talk of 'meaningful partnerships', 'localization', or 'locally owned solutions' while perpetuating outdated and inequitable models of development. The tide must turn."

Melizsa Mugyenyi is World Data Lab’s (WDL) Lead and Deputy VP of Strategic Engagements. Based in Nairobi, she has dedicated her career to achieving sustainable impact outcomes within Sub-Saharan Africa.

In her recent tenure as turnaround CEO of the Graça Machel Trust, Melizsa navigated the organization through the post-COVID landscape, achieving remarkable programmatic and organizational growth outcomes.  

Her multifaceted experience encompasses areas such as health, youth development, education, and women’s advancement. She has designed, managed, or fundraised for high impact initiatives while working with various leading organizations at senior levels, including the Aga Khan Foundation and International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX). 

Beyond her executive roles, Melizsa is an active board member of several forward-thinking organizations, including the African Visionary Fund, and the  International Institute for Environment Development. (IIED).