Pauline Mujawamariya Koelbl

Strategic Advisor

A Freelance Innovation Catalyst, Angel Investor, Speaker, Innovation Ecosystems Strategic Advisor and seasoned impact-driven Team Leader, Pauline Koelbl’s passion lies in innovation, entrepreneurship and empowerment of youth and women. Pauline is a leading expert and influencer on the transformation of developing countries to emerging economies by designing programs & policies fostering inclusive innovations. She has over 20 years’ experience in international affairs and philanthropy industries.

During the last seven years and half, Pauline’s work focused on catalyzing marketable, scalable and impactful home-grown innovations for African-led growth across African continent, building strategic partnerships and innovation ecosystems that will invigorate economic growth across Africa. Pauline has been actively promoting innovation-catalytic policies and actions at the highest governmental levels across the African continent. Prior to that, Pauline worked for a number of UN bodies and NGOs in Africa, Europe and USA including WHO in Geneva, UNESCO in Paris, UNICEF in Goma, Enda Tiers Monde in Dakar , Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Arizona etc.

Pauline recently Co-founded PROWAH (Professional Women of African Heritage) in Switzerland, and she is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Flame Tree Initiative, a US-based NGO that partners with African universities to foster scalable, socially-minded businesses that accelerate regional change. In addition, Pauline serves on a number of Advisory Boards including: GreenTec Capital, which focuses on transformative investments in African innovations and start-ups; iLEAD (Innovation in Laboratory Engineered Accelerated Diagnostics), an African laboratory initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and EurAfrican Forum, an annual Forum which promotes the power of diasporas as a connecting force between cities, regions and continents, between cultures, companies and people.