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Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl

Innovation Catalyst, Angel Investor, and PROWAH Co-Founder
Development Economics, Innovation systems

Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl is an Innovation Catalyst, Angel Investor and Co-Founder of the Professional Women of African Heritage (PROWAH) in Switzerland. PROWAH initiative aims to empower professional women of African heritage to connect, learn from one another and expand professional and leadership skills so that they are change agents who shape the African narrative globally. Pauline’s passion lies in innovation, entrepreneurship and empowerment of youth and women.

Pauline worked for the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) from 2011 to 2018 as the Managing Director and Program Director for AIF’s flagship program, Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA), where she was responsible for the overall management of the Foundation and led all work related to building African innovation ecosystems and catalyzing market-orientated solutions for African-led development across the continent.

Pauline has over 20 years’ experience in international affairs and philanthropy industries including various UN bodies and international organizations in Africa, Europe and USA. Pauline currently serves as a Board of Directors member of the Flame Tree Initiative, a US-based NGO that uses ICTs to address the digital divide through collaboration with African universities. In addition, Pauline is an Advisory board member for EurAfrican Forum and Innovation in Laboratory Engineered Accelerated Diagnostics (iLEAD). She is also a Bellagio/PopTech Catalyst, a joint initiative between the Rockefeller Foundation and PopTech, working with a global community of innovators and thought leaders for positive social change.