Harvard Social Enterprise Conference > Youth Employment & Workforce Development

Sharmi Surianarain

March 22, 2022 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Sharmi Surianarain

Sharmi Surianarain serves as the Chief Impact Officer for Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator in South Africa. Sharmi is a fierce advocate for opportunity and social justice for young people and women across the African continent, and is a keen analyst and thinker on the future of work.

Sharmi leads on Harambee’s impact and systems change agendas, and oversees Harambee’s work in new markets. Sharmi is the Founder of Making Caring Count, a social enterprise that aims to build impactful solutions around care work in Africa. Sharmi brings extensive experience in human capital management, education, and facilitating links to employment across Africa, India, and the United States.

Prior to Harambee, Sharmi served as Vice President of Lifelong Engagement at African Leadership Academy (ALA) where she oversaw a network of 2,000 young African leaders, managed ALA’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, Africa Careers Network, and ALA’s alumni engagement team.

Sharmi is an Aspen African Leadership Initiative Fellow, Class of 2020, an RSA Fellow, and sits on the Boards of Emerging Public Leaders, Metis, Instill Education and is on the 2021 G7 Impact Taskforce. Sharmi’s work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Daily Maverick, The Mail and Guardian, and The Economist. Sharmi holds a B.A. from Harvard University, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Mona Mourshed

March 22, 2022 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Mona Mourshed

Mona Mourshed is the founding CEO of Generation: You Employed, a global employment non-profit. Mona has decades of experience as a leader in the education and workforce space and has authored widely cited reports and articles. Mona previously founded and led McKinsey & Company’s global education practice. She was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’, sits on the boards of New America, Teach for All, and Last Mile Health, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mona has a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT.



Mariana Costa Checa

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Mariana is the co-founder and CEO at Laboratoria, an organization empowering women
who dream of a better future to start and grow careers in technology. With learning centers
across Latin America, Laboratoria is helping shape a more diverse, inclusive and
competitive digital economy in Latin America that can create opportunities for every
woman to develop her potential. For her work as a social entrepreneur Mariana has been
named one of Peru’s leading innovators by the MIT, and had the honor of sharing a panel
with President Obama at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Aside from her work
at Laboratoria, Mariana is involved in multiple initiatives that promote the growth of social
entrepreneurship in her home country Peru, such as being a Board member at Angel
Ventures Peru (seed stage fund) and Kunan (entrepreneurial ecosystem builder). Prior to
starting Laboratoria Mariana worked in development programs through Latin America as a
Project Manager at the Organization of American States. She holds a BSc in International
Relations from the London School of Economics and a Masters Degree in Public
Administration from Columbia University in New York.