Finance & Sustainability Colloquium - Dr. Lydiah Kemunto Bosire, Founder and CEO of 8B Education Investments

by Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise (CSGE)


Tue, Apr 14, 2020

6 PM – 7:15 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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A weekly lecture series that highlights leaders in the sustainable global enterprise industry. With topics ranging from food to energy these speakers will cover it all.

Dr. Lydiah Kemunto Bosire (BA '01, MPA '02), Founder & CEO, 8B Education Investments

Dr. Bosire is the Founder and CEO of 8B Education Investments, a fin-tech social enterprise specialized in lending to African students to attend world-class global universities. A Kenyan national who studied in the US and the UK, Lydiah brings to the field of innovative finance her personal perspective, and over fifteen years of experience working on issues of international politics, development, and human rights.

Prior to founding 8B, Lydiah worked at the United Nations, the World Bank, and leading global NGOs. Most recently, she served as lead for the UN-World Bank Partnership at the Department of Political Affairs of the UN Secretariat. While completing her studies at the University of Oxford, Lydiah co-founded Oxford Transitional Justice Research.

Lydiah was a pioneer of the global youth movement around HIV/AIDS. She co-founded the YouthForce advocacy platform used at international HIV/AIDS conferences, and served as a founding board member of the non-profit Keep a Child Alive.

Lydiah currently serves on the board at WorldQuant University, and is a member of the UWC Atlantic College Advisory Council. She publishes and speaks on a wide range of topics, including on the role of innovative finance in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN and the World Bank in conflict-affected states, and the role of world-class human capital in African development.

Lydiah completed her doctorate (D.Phil) in Politics at the University of Oxford. She also holds a Master of Science from Oxford, where she attended as a Clarendon Scholar. She received an undergraduate degree with honors in Government and a Master of Public Administration at Cornell University.


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