2023 Mandela Washington Fellow
Karen An Information Specialist, Entrepreneur and a graduate of Leadership in Public Management and Governance from University of South Africa Graduate School of Business Leadership. Trained under the YALI Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa. She serves as Advocacy and Marketing Coordinator for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Zambian Chapter and a double major Bachelor of Arts in Library and Information Science and Public Administration
She has over 4 years’ experience as an Information Specialist, ensuring quality information is shared and information resources are accurately organized and accessed by children, adolescents and adults. At the center of her work is ensuring information literacy gap is bridged at all levels and she acts as a catalyst for positive change.
As an entrepreneur she is the founder and CEO of Nerak fashions. A fashion-oriented business. A self-taught content creator and social media marketing expert currently managing various social media platforms for different companies and organizations.
Karen is passionate about Leadership and Mentorship and is of the view that the two coexist if one is to maximize their leadership potential. A mentee under the Charlie Blair Foundation annual mentorship program for Women in Business and Set Apart International. She is a young emerging leader that wants to see African young people thrive and make global impact.
Karen is a 2023 Mandela Washington Fellow. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and local community engagement.
During her Professional Development Experience (PDE) a component of the U.S. Department of State’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African Leaders at The Schreiber Research Group (TRSG), Karen has played a leading role in seeing to it that the right content for various platforms is created in order to enhance Digital Marketing in the organization.