EVOKE agents — I’m pleased to introduce another set of four inspiring mentors to the network. They bring an incredible array of talents and experience from both established an entrepreneurial ventures including — EA Entertainment, Samasource, Afroes, and the Shuttleworth Foundation. Please join me in welcoming Dan Morris, Chelsea Seale, Anne Shongwe, and Steve Vosloo!
Dan Morris is director of strategy and development for EA Entertainment, driving IP-extension initiatives for Electronic Arts franchises across a wide variety of traditional and emerging media. Prior to that he served as general manager and publisher at Future US, where he managed official media partnerships with SCEA and Nintendo and led the development of innovative digital-media offerings such as QORE for PlayStation Network. He was previously a journalist and editor, including a stint as editor-in-chief of PC Gamer.
Chelsea is COO of Samasource, a social business that connects women,youth, and refugees living in poverty to microwork — small, computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. She joins Samasource after a career in financial services at Goldman Sachs and more recently at Amber Capital, a New York-based hedge fund. Through her involvement with Orphans of Rwanda previously she witnessed firsthand the great potential in the youth of underdeveloped regions when they were given an opportunity to succeed.
No stranger to high-octane work environments, at Samasource, she aims to ensure the procedural efficiency of this ambitious organization and help bring digital work to the next billion living in poverty. Chelsea holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University.
Anne is the Founder and CEO of Afroes Transformational Multi-Media & Consulting. Afroes is a social enterprise that creates and deploys innovative interactive digital and media technology dialogue solutions rooted in Africa’s rich heritage. The core mission of Afroes is to inspire the conversations and actions of Africans with digital or face-to-face dialogue on hope and possibility.
Prior to establishing Afroes, Anne has been an International Development professional with over 20 years of social and economic development experience working with the United Nations and Management Consulting firms across Africa, Asia and the United States. Anne is committed to Africa’s agenda for transformation in partnership with Africa’s citizens and global partners and has a proven track record in providing innovative strategy and policy solutions to countries including high-level advisory services to Governments and their Cabinets.
Following her departure after 15 years with the United Nations, Anne was selected to co-author and facilitate the development of the Long-term Strategy for Africa’s Conference of Ministers of Public Service in October 2008. Anne continues to provide innovative development solutions to countries and organizations working on Africa. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University, New York, a Masters degree in International Development from The American University, Washington DC and a post-graduate Certificate in Management Development from Jones International University in conjunction with the UNDP.
Steve is the fellow for 21st Century Learning at the Shuttleworth Foundation in Cape Town. He firmly believes that mobile phones, games and digital media are the future of Africa’s education. Steve currently leads the m4lit (mobiles for literacy) project, which has demonstrated the enormous potential of mobile publishing to support teen reading and writing in South Africa. In 2007 Steve was a research fellow at Stanford University, where he researched youth and digital media.