Shamina is the Executive Director of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth and Financial Inclusion. In 2015, she was appointed by President Obama to a six-year term on the Board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Over a 15-year career in the public sector, Shamina held senior positions in the White House and the US House of Representatives. She serves on the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Inclusive Growth and the advisory boards of Data & Society, the Beeck Center of Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University, and Care.com.
With her wealth of experience, we were excited to have Shamina join the Project Inspire judging panel for the first time in 2015. In preparation for the 2016 challenge, we asked Shamina for some quick facts of what Project Inspire is all about.
Project Inspire Team: “What does Project Inspire mean to you?”
Shamina: “Project Inspire provides a good opportunity for creative entrepreneurs to get the benefit of serious learnings and support from peers and other professionals”.
Project Inspire Team: “What was your key takeaway as a judge in 2015 and do you have any tips for applicants?”
Shamina: Make sure you… “solve a problem! With all of the deserving programs, I found it difficult to choose between them. It’s a nice problem to have, and I enjoyed the experience very much”.
Project Inspire Team: “This year’s theme needs to be addressed now, because…”
Shamina: “Empowering Women and Girls through safety and security is a powerful theme that speaks to the supply and demand of the market. Women and girls are critical to the success and progress of the global economy. Business that targets and supports safety and security will always be in high demand”.
Thanks for your time Shamina!
The Project Inspire team is now sorting applications for Project Inspire 2016. If you managed to get your application in by 1st July 2016, we’re now reading it! Stay tuned for updates on semi-finalist announcements by following us on Facebook, Twitter and subscribing to our newsletters.
Written by Maria Wesson
Edited by Amra Naidoo