A Principal at Imaginable Futures, Teresa Mbagaya is responsible for the strategic management and execution of IF’s investment strategy in education in Africa. Previously as the Education Lead for Microsoft in East and Southern Africa, she led regional teams in the deployment and implementation of learning solutions and innovations across 10 countries. As the Head of Econet Education, Teresa drove the development of Zimbabwe’s first digital education platform.
Her background builds upon a proven career in the private and public sectors, impacting millions through nation-wide initiatives centered on digital education transformation and youth skills development. A 2020 Archbishop Tutu Fellow, she has been listed among the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa by Forbes, was selected to be a 2019 Obama Foundation Leader, and was nominated for the Future Awards Africa Young Person of the Year, Kenya's Top 40 Under 40 Women, and 2020’s Choiseul 200 among Africa's economic leaders of tomorrow.
Teresa has served on the 2018 advisory board of Village Capital Communities Africa, as an advisory member on the Global Education Platform, under the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, and as a member of Technical Reference Group of the 2017 High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in Africa. Teresa graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Yale University.