MARY MWENDE NDANDIDigital Divide Committee
Mary grew up in Mombasa, Kenya. Her circumstances motivated her to study diligently and she was one of the first girls to join the Global Give Back Circle, an organization that guides at-risk girls to complete their educational journey, gain employable skills, and transition into the workplace. Joining this organization pivoted Mary’s journey and set ablaze her desires to achieve more.
In 2010, Mary received a full scholarship to the American University in Dubai (AUD), and became the first African woman to be elected President of the Student Government. She graduated with honors and pursued a Master’s in Business Administration on a full scholarship at the same university.
Mary’s unwavering desire to succeed has given her the opportunity to share the stage with U.S. President Bill Clinton, attend a training championed by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Women in Public Service Institute at Bryn Mawr College, and be a Youth Advisor for Microsoft’s YouthSpark Initiative, and selected out of 6000 applicants as one of Women Deliver’s Young Leaders. Mary is now working at Johnson & Johnson as a Marketing professional Managing Women’s Health brands for Africa, Middle East, and Turkey. Mary is on a continuous learning journey and her vision is to see to it that she can meaningfully contribute to the making of innovative, dynamic, and fair economies/societies for all, and especially for the most vulnerable of communities.