Liz Ngonzi

Liz Ngonzi

Liz is an award-winning social entrepreneur and educator, and an international speaker and executive coach, who has the privilege of helping purpose-led institutions and individuals worldwide to accomplish the seemingly impossible - developing an ecosystem of aligned stakeholders to help them amplify their impact on the world.

Liz founded The International Social Impact Institute® in 2020 to deliver events, training and consulting services to help institutions and individuals access the resources, knowledge and networks that will enable them to clarify and share their story to build an ecosystem of like-minded stakeholders with whom they can collaborate to make the world more equitable and sustainable.  Over the last two years, The Institute has been fortunate to fulfill its mission through partnerships with organizations worldwide, such as the Cornell University Mastercard Hanga Ahazaza Initiative; the GivingTuesday Starling Collective; the JCC Association of North America; the King Baudouin Foundation United States; the Nelson Mandela University (South Africa); the Obama Foundation Leaders Africa Program; the Resource Alliance UK; and the USAID Power Africa Women in African Power initiative, among others. She is also the curator and moderator of the inaugural Youth Giving Summit, a virtual global event attended by 2,000 people in August 2022, designed to catalyze the impact of young people worldwide, by inspiring, connecting, and activating them to create transformation in their respective communities and worldwide.

Liz is also a 2019 cohort member of the “Most Influential People of African Descent” (MIPAD 100); a 2017 recipient of the African Diaspora Awards “Advocate of the Year” Award; was featured in 2016 by WeWork Creator Magazine as one of its “40 Over 40” leaders; and, since 2011, has been a member of the invitation-only President’s Council of Cornell Women for which she previously served as Communications Chair.

Dedicated to educating others, Liz is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Center for Global Affairs at New York University where she received an NYU SPS 2021 Teaching Excellence Award.  She holds a Master of Management in Hospitality degree in Services Marketing from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration; a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems from the Syracuse University iSchool; and graduated from the United Nations International School, which she attended K-12.