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Teresa Mbagaya
Principal at The Omidyar Network


An Investment Principal at Omidyar Network, Teresa Mbagaya is responsible for the strategic leadership, management and execution of Omidyar’s investment strategy in education in Africa.

Previously as the Education Lead for Microsoft in East and Southern Africa, she led regional teams in the deployment and implementation of learning solutions and innovations across 10 countries. As the Head of Econet Education, Teresa drove the development of Zimbabwe’s first digital education platform.

Her background builds upon a proven career in private and public sector impacting millions through nationwide initiatives centered on digital education transformation and youth skills development. She has been listed on the ‘30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa’ by Forbes, a 2019 Obama Foundation Leader, a nominee for the Future Awards Africa ‘Young Person of the Year’ and a 2015 inductee to the African Leadership Network.

She has served on the 2018 advisory board of Village Capital Communities Africa, as an advisory member on the Global Education Platform, under the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, the Global Business Coalition for Education and a member of Technical Reference Group of the 2017 High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa. Teresa graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University.