An innovation strategist and social entrepreneur, Saleema Vellani visited Monrovia, Liberia, during the week of March 26. During her stay, she hosted a half-day workshop for a cross-section of iCampus community members, social entrepreneurs, international development professionals, as well as media organizations. The workshop focused on building participants’ knowledge on how professionals can apply the design thinking process and innovative approaches to solve complex development challenges.

From her expertise as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins University and the Co-Founder and COO of Innovazing, which educates, empowers and connects changemakers globally, Saleema expanded participants’ knowledge and helped cultivate a mindset shift, which is much needed across the African continent with the rise of entrepreneurship and its importance in the economy.

Saleema invited her colleagues, Weiyi Wang and TianYu Dong, to co-facilitate the team discussions during their trip to Liberia under a World Bank Youth Innovation Fund program, called The 100-Day Challenge: Promoting Sound Environmental and Social Practices in Road Construction in Liberia. Over thirty-five locally-based professionals, members of civil society, and media organizations, convened at iCampus for the workshop.

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