We support entrepreneurs from idea generation to venture creation.

About JASIRI

JASIRI, supported by the Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy (Gray Philanthropy), believes that high-impact entrepreneurial success requires patient, holistic, and context specific support. JASIRI systematically identifies and removes potential stumbling blocks on the entrepreneurial journey and believes that entrepreneurial teams are at the heart of new venture creation. Our program will take participants from idea generation, validation, prototyping to venture creation with a focus on Market-Creating Innovations.

Vision

An empowered, prosperous, productively engaged African citizenry thriving in ethical societies with dignity and hope.

Mission

We attack poverty by investing in, nurturing and empowering responsible entrepreneurs and leaders who benefit society by helping to accelerate meaningful employment creation while embodying the values and behaviours of ethical leadership.

Gray Philanthropy Philosophy

“Businesses can and should be a force for the common good by offering their customers and clients great value for money, acting ethically, creating good employment opportunities, raising efficiency through innovation and thereby earning a profit while contributing to the welfare of others.” – Mr. Allan Gray

Gray Philanthropy believes that businesses can and should be a force for the common good, This was the dream of the late Mr. Gray who founded an investment management firm, Allan Gray Ltd, in 1973. Allan Gray Ltd takes a client-centric, long-term investment approach which has seen the company grow into one of the largest of its kind on the continent. Gray Philanthropy is convinced that the biggest challenge facing our continent is youth unemployment, and that focused support of entrepreneurship is the greatest driver for job creation and meaningful employment. The Philanthropy intends to pursue a long-term strategy of developing exceptional and responsible entrepreneurs in East Africa, starting with JASIRI. Existing philanthropic activities initiated by the Gray family support a community of over 1000 potential and actual entrepreneurs who between them have started businesses collectively worth an estimated 150M USD.

There are numerous initiatives across the ecosystem, some of which include:

JASIRI TEAM

Regional Hub

RWANDA

Rwanda

Anthony Farr

CEO

Rwanda

Aline Kabanda

Country Director

Rwanda

Isidore Iradukunda

Program manager

Rwanda

Daniel Hampton

Head of Programs

Rwanda

Akaliza Keza Ntwali

Program Lead

Rwanda

Amandine Kayizali

Lead Recruiter

Rwanda

Melody Arendse

Senior Projects Officer

Rwanda

Patrick Cyusa

Head Coach & Mentor Manager

Rwanda

Ruti Yannick

Senior Developer

Rwanda

Phumlani Nkontwana

Head of Research

Rwanda

Rafiki Murenzi

Business Analyst

Rwanda

Gaju Aline

Executive Assistant

Rwanda

Amanda Luyenge

Executive Assistant

Rwanda

Sue Marx

Executive Assistant

Rwanda

Steven Nkubito

Finance Manager

Rwanda

Peace Alliance

Junior Developer

Rwanda

Richard Bareke

School Liaison Officer

Rwanda

Patrick Nsengumuremyi

Technical Support Officer

Kenya

Rwanda

Dr. Roselyn Marandu-Kareithi

Country Lead

Rwanda

Allan Kimaina

Data Scientist

Rwanda

Njoki Nancy Riguga

Projects and Program Manager

Rwanda

Stephen Mangira

School Liaison Officer

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