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Graduate Fellowship


Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Master of Arts, May 2010
Concentration: Alternative Asset Class Investment, International Development and Contemporary African Studies

Zenzele Circle
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Profile (.pdf)

Magogodi Makhene is the co-founder and Managing Director of Zenzele Circle. Zenzele helps build Africa's "missing middle" by linking start-up small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in sub-Saharan Africa with seed and growth capital as well as strategic partnerships. She is also the founding co-chair of the Africa Social Enterprise Forum (ASEP), an annual gathering of social investment capital and innovative African social enterprise ventures.

Magogodi was named a semifinalist for the Echoing Green Fellowship this January, and featured as a leading changemaker in the NY Post and on Her master's work has focused on leveraging private equity/venture capital finance tools to advance African development. She is the founding author of the blog Africa's Moment for Skoll Foundation's Social Edge. Magogodi is proudly South African, a Sowetan girl at heart whose earliest memories growing up at the tail-end of apartheid South Africa profoundly shaped her belief in humanity.