Efe Ukala


Efe Ukala is the founder of ImpactHER, an impact driven organization that focuses on bridging the financing gap for women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa through investor readiness training, mentorship, market access, and other support. ImpactHER has supported over 10,000 African female entrepreneurs in 48 African countries, on a pro bono basis, on how to run successful businesses and become investor-ready. ImpactHER’s intervention has, (i) launched hundreds of African female-led businesses online, (ii) helped African women supply their products to U.S. vendors, and (iii) given African female-led SMEs access to institutional capital.

Efe designed and created the Africa curriculum for Google’s Women Will initiative (entrepreneurship and workplace training modules) which is currently being used to train over 10,000 women across Sub-saharan Africa. Launched in Sub-saharan Africa in 2019, Women Will is a Google initiative to create economic opportunity for women everywhere, so that they can grow and succeed.

Efe received her A.B. from the University of Chicago where she was a Jeff Metcalf Fellow and her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law. Efe is a member of the New York State and New Jersey State Bars. She was an elected member of Board of the University of Chicago Black Alumni Association.

Efe is an advocate for financial inclusion for African women and the prosperity of Africa, having been featured in Forbes and BBC News. She has also spoken at Harvard Business School, the United Nations, an African Development Bank (AfDB) conference, Columbia Business School, Cornell University Business School, Duke Business School, on issues relating to financial inclusion in Africa.

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