Launched in March 2018, the MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy is developing leaders in the conservation sector, specifically supporting senior and young professionals from MAVA Foundation’s partner organisations. Delivered by Common Purpose and Mowgli Mentoring who are recognised and applauded experts in their respective fields, the Academy has four cohorts (one French-speaking and three English-speaking); two have graduated, one is currently ongoing, and applications for the fourth and final (English speaking) cohort were received on 5 November 2020.

In June 2020 we shared that, despite the unexpected interruption of the coronavirus pandemic, the Academy continued to maintain individual and group learning, intergenerational relationships and momentum. We did this by providing virtual opportunities for leadership development and mentoring. …


Mentor name: Abae Mohamed

Country: Kenya

Mowgli Mentoring Programme: Imarisha Mentoring Programme

In July 2019, Facebook Developer Circles held a hackathon at the TechBridge Invest Hub Mombasa encouraging innovators to develop solutions to community problems using technology — the solutions had to be aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). As a third year Business Information & Technology student from Mount Kenya University, Abae Mohamed jumped at the opportunity. Applying what he was currently studying at the university and his passion to develop innovative solutions for his community, he emerged the best in the health-tech category. …


Drawing insights from the Kigali entrepreneurial ecosystem

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Copyright. Mowgli Mentoring — Safaricom Mentorship Programme

How can we increase the availability of quality mentors?, is a question we frequently get asked at Mowgli Mentoring. Mentoring programmes generally involve more seasoned entrepreneurs and corporate leaders supporting less experienced start-ups through the growth phases of their businesses. A strong culture of nurturing and supporting entrepreneurs through mentoring is often the sign of a more mature and collaborative entrepreneurial ecosystem, so nurturing the intergenerational flow of knowledge and connections that mentoring enables is critical to any ecosystem.

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Mowgli Mentoring worked with GIZ and the Make IT programme in Rwanda to explore some of these issues, and see how a cross-ecosystem mentoring programme could help collaboration as well as build a mentoring culture. At present, many services in Kigali focus on early stage start-ups with less emphasis on those at further developed growth stages. As these entrepreneurs mature and their businesses grow, mentoring will be pivotal in supporting their success. At this point, ensuring that there is an understanding of what quality mentoring is, and the availability of a pipeline of quality equipped mentors, is vital. …


Participants reflect on the Imarisha Mentoring Programme

Last year we launched one of Mowgli’s biggest and most dynamic programmes, the Imarisha Mentoring programme across three counties in Kenya. Meaning strengthen in Swahili, the Imarisha programme aimed to support Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa based early and growth stage entrepreneurs to better structure, and develop their businesses with the support of experienced and locally trained mentors.

The programme came to an official end in September and with COVID-restrictions, we delivered a series of online graduations to celebrate the successes, reflect on the lessons learnt and officially welcome the Imarisha participants into our growing alumni community. …


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THE NEXT SOCIETY Cohort 3 mentors

Three years ago we set off an exciting adventure under THE NEXT SOCIETY initiative to reinforce innovation ecosystems and foster the value created by innovators in the Mediterranean region. Our mandate? To train 120 mentors working in the innovation and entrepreneurship support space, and match 36 innovators with trained Mowgli Mentors. Fast forward to 2020, we’re excited to have officially trained 120 mentors and launched our final mentor-mentee cohort — the first within this project to have been trained and prepared online for the mentoring journey ahead.

As we kicked off cohort 3 of this programme, we asked our mentors to share their mentoring experiences and how they intend to support their mentees over the next few months. …


Written by: By Eva Waweru, Communications Manager, Mowgli Mentoring

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MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy, Jordan, Feb 20 © Thibaut Branquart

When the MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy was launched in March 2018, the MAVA Foundation was keen to develop a strong conservation community. They wanted to build institutional resilience within the sector by developing intergenerational leaders, who would continue to champion sustainable and impactful conservation, long after MAVA’s closing.

The Academy follows a dual approach — led by Common Purpose and Mowgli Mentoring — that incorporates different elements of leadership development such as 360 feedback, online learning, face to face and/ or online events, coaching, and mentoring. …


Wherever I find an entrepreneur who’s been successful in any measure, I always find a mentor. Tony Bury, Founder, Mowgli Mentoring

Mentoring can transform an individual, be they an entrepreneur or future leader. At Mowgli we’ve made mentoring our main focus, using structured mentoring programs to build the capacity of aspiring mentors and empowering mentees to reach new heights.

Mentoring goes beyond training, coaching and business advisory services by enabling mentees to find their own solutions and achieve their goals.

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Mowgli’s 360-degree mentoring methodology uniquely focuses on providing the foundations for a long-term trusted mentoring relationship and space for professional and personal exploration and growth, enhancing capacity (motivation, confidence, mindset and resilience) as well as developing capability (knowledge, skills and behaviours). …


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Copyright. Mowgli Mentoring

Kathleen Bury is a women’s empowerment advocate and the Chief Executive Officer of Mowgli — a social enterprise dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs and organisational leaders through holistic mentoring. Mowgli Mentoring partnered with UN Women to implement a mentoring programme that supported 200 women refugees and Jordanian entrepreneurs across Jordan, with the generous support of the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis (the”Madad Fund”).

What are the main challenges and barriers for women entrepreneurs in Jordan?

In Jordan, women represent only 4.3 percent of the country’s entrepreneurs. …


Cohort 3 mentees what they hope to get out of the mentoring programme.

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Cohort 3 — THE NEXT SOCIETY Regional Mentoring Programme

We recently kicked off the third and final cohort of THE NEXT SOCIETY regional mentoring programmes. As with many of our programmes, we’ve now gone online and this was the first online Kickstart workshop for our participants within this project.

This final cohort features 14 mentor-mentee pairs from Egypt, Jordan Lebanon and Palestine, who have officially begun their mentoring journey with Mowgli, and will be supported until March 2021.

We reached out to the mentees to share a bit about what they’re looking forward to learning and developing within their mentoring relationships. Here’s what they shared…

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Yara Hani Zreikat — Amwalcom. No. of years in business: 2

“I joined this programme to get some insights on both the personal and the professional levels. Mentoring is always needed regardless of the stage the company is at. …


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Source: Common Purpose

Launched in March 2018, the MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy is developing leaders in the conservation sector, specifically supporting senior and young professionals from MAVA Foundation’s partner organisations. Delivered by Common Purpose and Mowgli Mentoring who are recognised and applauded experts in their respective fields, the academy has four cohorts (one French-speaking and three English-speaking); two have graduated, one is currently ongoing, and applications to apply for the fourth and final (English speaking) cohort will open in October.

Learn more about the participants’ experiences in this video and this blog article.

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Source: Common Purpose

Back in February 2020, the third cohort of the MAVA Academy wished each other farewell after five intense days in Jordan, ushering a hopeful “see you in June in London” for what was meant to be their second face-to-face event. Since then, radical and unexpected changes took place, as we all learned to live in a new world, effected by COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been committed to continuing to provide virtual opportunities for leadership development and mentoring. These sessions have cemented our belief in the power of such experiences, creating a space for human connection and reflection: to share learning and challenges amidst confusion, and fears about the future. …

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