Lisa Issroff

Board Chairperson

Together with her husband David, Lisa founded and runs the Issroff Family Foundation, which provides support for children and youth across Africa and in New York City, USA with a focus on education within a context of related services. Lisa is especially passionate about the nexus that unites youth, education, and empowerment and is focused on providing expertise and tangible support towards developing comprehensive youth-focused organizations and schools primarily in Southern and East Africa.


Mel Okudo

Board Vice-Chairperson

Mel has a background in financial services and business development and is an advisor to real estate finance and financial technology ventures. He began his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City, where he was a Vice-President and worked across various advisory, investing and risk management functions. He is a Sloan Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Miguel Hennessy

Board Treasurer

Miguel is a Managing Director at UBS and Alignment Partners (a subsidiary of UBS), and is responsible for client relationship management, wealth advisory, macro investment strategy, and private banking solutions. Previously Miguel spent eight years at J.P. Morgan’s private bank advising ultra-high net worth clients on investments, lending, and trust and estate planning strategies. In the years before that, Miguel managed equity portfolios at Capital Counsel, and was CEO of the private equity firm LatinValley. He also spent 13 years at Morgan Stanley where he ran short-end bond trading in London, UK.  Miguel graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, received his M.B.A. from Wharton School, and holds Series 7, 63, and 65 (Securities and Investments) licenses.  He lives with his wife and children in New York, USA.

As a founding member of the USA Ongoza Board (2012), Miguel serves as the Chairperson of the Finance Committee, as well as the Treasurer of the US Board. He lends his vast experience in investment and growth through advising Ongoza in strategy and investments.


Gladys Ndagire


Gladys Ndagire is the Founder of Go Make Good, a for-profit consultancy for philanthropists, impact investors, and social entrepreneurs in Africa (clients include Invest Africa, the African Grantmakers Affinity Group and Kaz’o’zah Arts). Previously, Gladys was an Asset Management Analyst at J.P Morgan providing goal-based wealth management analysis for Sub-Saharan Africa. She graduated from Brown University with a double concentration in Engineering and Anthropology, receiving the prestigious Joslin Award for her significant contributions to the university. 


Liz Wamai

Board Member

Liz Wamai is the Director of Recruiting, Global Business Functions at Facebook. Previously, she headed talent acquisition and recruiting at Bloomberg, responsible for all key markets including the US, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. She transitioned to Bloomberg from Merrill Lynch where she was the Managing Director for Global Campus Recruiting, responsible for leading a global approach to campus recruiting. Liz was also a vice president at Credit Suisse where she established a diversity recruiting program for the Investment Banking, Securities, Asset Management and Private Client Service’s businesses. 


David Samach


David Samach is a partner at Deloitte Consulting in charge of their Tokyo office. Previously, he was the Global Head of the Portfolio Management and Planning team in Credit Suisse’s Investment Bank. In his three-year tenure at Credit Suisse, David has led a range of initiatives across a broad spectrum of topics including investment governance, cost reduction, strategic planning and budgeting, regulatory communications and Operational Risk management. 


Denise Tollinche


Denise joined Synergos in October 2011 and serves as Senior Manager, Global Philanthropists Circle, a network of leading philanthropic families from across the world committed to using their time, influence and resources to fight global poverty and social injustice.