Miller Center is excited to announce the Social Enterprise Alumni Advisory Council for the 2023 – 2024 term, which includes four members from our inaugural council and four new members. As part of our ongoing effort to get direct feedback and direction on strategy and tactics from the “voice of the customer”, this stellar group of social entrepreneurs will further enable our Center to make informed choices to bring about our most ambitious outcomes. The entrepreneurs invited to join the 2023 – 2024 Council are all partners and alumni of our accelerator programs and were carefully selected as they are representative of the social enterprises we work with globally.

2023 2024 advisory council standing in front of a white boardAs Miller Center continues to double down on our efforts to recruit for our accelerator programs, serve the entrepreneur alumni community, grow Miller Center Invest, and strengthen academic partnerships across Santa Clara University, it is critical that we continuously listen to, work closely with, and align to the needs of the social enterprise community. The Alumni Advisory Council is a representative body acting as an ongoing sounding board and focus group for these consultations.

Each of the eight Advisory Council members brings unique perspectives and wisdom about the social enterprise ecosystem across several sectors and regions with businesses focused on sustainable farming, safe water, emerging market entrepreneurship, food security and nutrition, women’s health, empowering artisans, and energy access. They hail from Cameroon, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Thailand, Uganda, and the US, with the impact of their enterprises extending across Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia.

We are thrilled to announce the four returning members and four new members joining the Council.

Returning Council Members:

Manka Angwafo, Founder & CEO Grassland Cameroon

Zubaida Bai, Founder & Board Chair Ayzh, President & CEO Grameen Foundation

Antonio Nuño, Co-founder & CEO Someone Somewhere

Manoj Sinha, Founder & CEO Husk Power Systems

New Council Members:

Lucy Ashman, Founder Tierra & Lava

Sonali Mehta-Rao, Co-founder Awaaz.de, Founder Ahaana Ventures

Matt Wallace, Managing Director & Co-founder ONOW

Galen Welsch, Co-founder & CEO Jibu

Please join me in welcoming the 2023 – 2024 Social Entrepreneur Alumni Advisory Council to the Miller Center family:


Pictured: Advisory Council members Zubaida Bai, Lucy Ashman, Sonali Mehta-Rao, and Galen Welsch with Miller Center staff members Karen Runde, Karen Carter, Paul Belknap, and Eli Latimerlo.