Looking Inward to Create Sustainable Development
Speaker: Jana Zindell, Chief Program Officer, Ubuntu Education Fund
Sponsored by the Social Intervention Group (SIG) and the Global Health and Mental Health Unit of SIG
This presentation will focus on the Ubuntu model and delve deep into the issue of intranpreneurship and the importance of empowering local leaders in order to truly create sustainable development models.
As Ubuntu Education Fund’s Chief Program Officer, Jana Zindell oversees the strategic development and implementation of the organization’s programs. She spearheaded the creation of the Ubuntu Model, a strategy rooted in four tenets: individualized cradle to career care, focus on the depth rather than the breadth of impact, sustained institutional investments, and commitment to community partnerships. Jana has since established her unique voice within the nonprofit sector’s global poverty debate as one of increasing significance.
In addition to her programmatic work, Jana created BUILD, an innovative staff empowerment initiative, in 2010; the initiative promotes sustainable leadership, organizational accountability, and increased efficiency. She also served as the Ubuntu Centre Project Manager, coordinating the design of the nonprofit’s 25,000 square foot headquarters in Port Elizabeth’s townships. The Centre has won awards from New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Architecture Magazine. Jana received her Bachelor of Arts in international relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her Master of Arts in international development and public policy from Georgetown University.