IBL 15 | Challenges to Building Teams in Emerging Markets | Jodie Wu

In this episode of the IBL podcast, we interview Jodie Wu, Founder and CEO of Global Cycle Solutions. Global Cycle Solutions is a last mile distribution company that is creating access to transformative technologies that respond to the unmet needs of rural East Africa. Jodie shares the tough lessons learned and unique challenges of building a social enterprise team in Tanzania.

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In this episode we cover:

  • The advice that drove Jodie to launch Global Cycle Solutions right out of school
  • How Jodie deals with the challenge of attracting talented professionals in emerging markets
  • Which next hire Jodie sees as critical to the growth of her organization

Mentioned in this episode:

Global Cycle Solutions Website

Jodie Wu Google Search

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IBL 14: Building a Model for Social Enterprise Accelerators | Teju Ravilochan

In this episode of the IBL podcast, we interview Teju Ravilochan, co-founder and CEO of the Unreasonable Institute. The Unreasonable Institute gets entrepreneurs what they need to scale solutions to the world’s biggest problems. So far, 150 companies from 60 countries have come through it’s six-week accelerator program. Together, they improved the lives of over 8 million people around the world. Teju shares how a deep curiosity for addressing extreme poverty and willingness to explore and experiment with how to be a part of the solution led him to co-found the UnReasonable Institute. Teju also explains how a team that consisted of a passionate group of friends became a strong core team with partner teams all over the world.

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In this episode we cover:

  • What sparked Teju to jump into a space where he had very little experience
  • The UnReasonable Institute’s unconventional approach for assessing talent and enthusiasm in potential hires
  • What Teju sees as the biggest opportunities for his team in the future

Mentioned in this episode:

UnReasonable Institute Website

Teju’s Email Address

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IBL 13: What Social Enterprises Look for in Managers | Virginia Taborda

In this episode of the IBL podcast, we interview Virginia Taborda, the Head of B2B Business Development at SOLARKIOSK AG. SOLARKIOSK enables and empowers the sustainable economic development of Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities worldwide through the provision of clean energy services, quality products, and sustainable solutions. Virginia shares her personal and professional transformation from the corporate world to social enterprise as well as some of the big talent challenges that SOLARKIOSK faces as it continues to grow.

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In this episode we cover:

  • How Virginia applied her multinational corporate experience to a growing social enterprise
  • The challenges of being an in-country manager of an international social enterprise
  • SOLARKIOSK’s plan for growth over the next year

Mentioned in this episode:

SOLARKIOSK Website

SOLARKIOSK Facebook Page

SOLARKIOSK Linkedin Page

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IBL 12: Moving Toward Specialized Talent | Thomas Duveau and Johannes Sieland

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In this episode of the IBL podcast, we try something different and interview both Thomas Duveau, Head of Business Development at Mobisol, and Johannes Sieland, Head of Human Resources at Mobisol. Mobisol offers low-income customers in developing nations quality solar home systems that are a clean alternative to unhealthy, environmentally harmful, and expensive fossil fuels. Thomas and Johannes share how Mobisol plans to expand their bottom-up solution to affordable energy access in East Africa and how hiring the right team will be a critical component to that solution.

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In this episode we cover:

  • Why Thomas likes working at Mobisol so much more than the corporate world
  • How Johannes thinks about new talent at Mobisol as the organization scales
  • The full-time openings in Mobisol’s Berlin and Kenya offices

Mentioned in this episode:

Mobisol Website

Mobisol Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin

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IBL 11: Top 5 Takeaways from the IBL Podcast Pilot Series

In this episode of the IBL podcast, we reflect on the top five takeaways from the first ten episodes of the Impact Business Leaders podcast. Find out what stands out to hiring managers more than experience in the social sector. This episode wraps up our pilot podcast series. Because it was so well received, we will continue our weekly show exploring the stories and hiring philosophies of leaders in social enterprise. Thank you for tuning in!

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In this episode we cover:

  • Two qualities in new hires that are more important than experience
  • How social enterprise hiring managers assess a new hires fit with the team
  • How you can frame your interest in social enterprise in a way that stands out to hiring managers

Mentioned in this episode:

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IBL 10: Finding Opportunities in Social Enterprise | Suzanna Haarbosch

In this episode of the IBL podcast, we interview Suzanna Haarbosch, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Caïo. Caïo produces food grade Nilotica Shea Butter and premium Shea Butter Products in Uganda for export to the international market. Suzanna shares how she took the road less traveled into social entrepreneurship and why the right attitude, mentality, and willingness to learn matter more to her in a new hire than skills or experience.

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In this episode we cover:

  • Why Suzanna became a social entrepreneur in Uganda
  • How Suzanna leveraged her in-country experience to launch a successful venture
  • The three full-time openings at Caïo right now

Mentioned in this episode:

Caïo Website

Suzanna’s Linkedin Page

Suzanna’s email

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IBL 09: The Power of Smart and Committed People | Mario Ferro

In this episode of the IBL podcast, we interview Mario Ferro, co-founder and CEO of Wedu. Wedu works to unlock the leadership potential of women in Asia by providing lifelong mentorship and innovative financing options to complete higher education and become change-makers in their communities. Mario shares the internship experience that led him to social enterprise and explains how he empowers new hires who might not have experience in social enterprise.

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In this episode we cover:

  • How Mario discovered social enterprise and what motivated him to get involved
  • What Mario and his team look for in new hires
  • Why you don’t need to come from the social sector to find a full-time role in social enterprise

Mentioned in this episode:

Wedu Website

Wedu Facebook

Wedu Twitter

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IBL 08: Committing to a Career in Social Enterprise | Myles Lutheran

In this episode of the IBL podcast, we interview Myles Lutheran, Managing Director of Eco Fuels Kenya – the world’s first and only croton nut processing company. Myles shares how he built his career in the startup social enterprise space and explains what he thinks it takes to succeed at an early-stage venture like Eco Fuels Kenya.

 

 

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In this episode we cover:

  • How Myles landed an exciting social enterprise role in a country where he had never lived.
  • What qualities and abilities stand out to Myles in potential new hires.
  • How Eco Fuels Kenya plans to grow their team in 2016.

Mentioned in this episode:

Eco Fuels Kenya Website

Myles Email Address

Myles Linkedin Profile

Frontier Market Scout

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IBL 07: Staying Closely Aligned and Loosely Coupled | Coryell Stout

In this episode of the IBL podcast, we interview Coryell Stout, Chief Operating Officer of One Degree Solar. One Degree Solar is an award-winning manufacturer of energy and technology solutions created for families, households, and small businesses in areas without reliable or affordable electricity access. Coryell shares what led her to work for a social enterprise in East Africa, and how One Degree Solar empowers their small team by staying closely aligned and loosely coupled.

 

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In this episode we cover:

  • Coryell’s philosophy on choosing the right professional opportunity
  • How Coryell has been able to advance from a project manager to COO
  • One Degree Solar looked for and expected in early hires

Mentioned in this episode:

One Degree Solar Website

Coryell’s Email Address

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IBL 06: Understanding the Mindset of Start-Up Founders | Evan Lutz

In this episode of the IBL podcast, we interview Evan Lutz, Founder of Hungry Harvest. Hungry Harvest is ending food waste and hunger in America by working with local farms & wholesalers to recover surplus fruits and vegetables, hand-assemble it into balanced variety boxes, and deliver it to subscribers every week, year round, for discounted prices. Evan shares a candid perspective on what it takes to succeed in social enterprise and how Hungry Harvest focuses on hiring professionals who can take the business nationwide.

 

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In this episode we cover:

  • Evan’s simple formula for growing a start-up social enterprise
  • Why focusing on making money is critical to social enterprise success
  • How Evan plans to position Hungry Harvest for nationwide expansion with his next hires

Mentioned in this episode:

Hungry Harvest Website

Hungry Harvest on Twitter and Facebook

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