A Tribute to Carlos Chege
Carlos was the Maua Business Development Manager at Wrigley East Africa. Maua (Flower in Kiswahili) is an inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurship accelerator programme that identifies micro distributors for Wrigley products in their communities, builds their skills and supports them to become independent entrepreneurs. He was a founder member of EASEN and author of Factors influencing the development of social enterprises in Kenya. He is a key pioneer in the social enterprise movement in Africa and was instrumental in mobilising the participation in the Social Enterprise World Forum in 2010 in South Africa. He previously worked for international organisations like African Wildlife Foundation, Land O’Lakes International Development, Social Enterprise Development Consultants, CMS Africa, KCA University and Care International and consulted for various institutions in the areas of enterprise development, strategy, capacity building and business planning among others. He was, at the time of passing, pursuing a PhD in Entrepreneurship leader at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya and holds a MSc in Entrepreneurship from the same university. He also held a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Nairobi. He has attended short courses in various parts of the world.
His areas of expertise include, establishing new ventures, revolutionizing existing ventures, business planning, and strategy. He is the founder and executive director of West Africa Social Entrepreneurs Network (WASEN) Ghana, Women Business Center (South Africa) and deeply involved in building consensus with impact investors needed to promote growth, create wealth and sustained socio-economic prosperity particularly for social enterprises in sub-Sahara Africa.
He is presently a mentor to the President Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Centre in Accra and assists start-ups, SMEs and social enterprises giving them major boost needed in order to create a boom in their sector.
Isaac seeks to reverse the trend of poverty, inequality and migration through appropriate research, quality training and the relevant mentorship programs that respond to the needs of entrepreneurial development of young people in sub-Saharan Africa. He is the chapter head for Under 30 Changemakers (South Africa and Ghana), a community of over 1200 global social entrepreneurs, coders, inventors, activists, and artists creating solutions to the world’s biggest social and environmental problems.