Yvonne Krywyj


Works at:
Location in:
Port Harcourt, Nigeria


In my current role as Programmes Coordinator for CMAP, I am responsible for managing the operations and finances for a participatory development NGO in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, which deals with housing, urban development, and human rights. Prior to taking on this role, I worked on a consulting project with Yunus Social Business, establishing social business incubators and funds in Tunisia and Uganda in conjunction with the African Development Bank, co-founded an accelerator for family businesses and SMEs and organized a startup weekend for social enterprises while pursuing my MBA, and undertook a consulting project for a social enterprise in Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of the Emzingo NexGen Fellowship. Prior to entering the social enterprise world, I worked as an attorney for a government agency that regulates interstate commerce and transportation. I am always interested in making connections in social enterprise, development, and entrepreneuship, particularly in Africa.

Specialties: Social enterprise, entrepreneurship, strategy, consulting, operations management, financial management, participatory development

Yvonne has worked/studied in

  • Germany
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • United States of America

Yvonne speaks

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Yvonne has experience in

  • Consulting
  • Government / Public sector / Non-profit

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2013 – present

Programme Coordinator

  • Managed an NGO budget of approx. 1,200,000 GBP.
  • Created strategies and work plans to maximize efficiency and impact of related but distinct participatory urban development programmes.
  • Organized capacity building activities for slum residents.
2012 – present


Next Generation Lab , South Africa
  • • Co-founded an accelerator for SMEs and family businesses, the goal of which is to transform SMEs into engines for economic development and job creation.
(Jan – May)

Social Business Consultant

Yunus Social Business
  • Conducted search for social businesses for company to incubate and invest in Tunisia and Togo as well as search for local incubator staff in Tunisia.
  • Trained stakeholders in creation, incubation, funding, and facilitating social business.
  • Prepared reports and procurement documents for the African Development Bank.
(Jun – Aug)

Consulting Fellow

Zazida Institute of Entrepreneurship
  • As part of the Emzingo NexGen Fellowship, undertook a consulting project with Zazida, a company dedicated to educating aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs. Designed a strategy for expanding Zazida's reach, acquiring new customers, and monetizing its offerings. Created a document detailing steps for implementing that strategic plan. Implemented a payment gateway and web 2.0 marketing outreach.
2003 – 2011


Surface Transportation Board
  • Drafted legal documents concerning federal preemption; interstate commerce; mergers, acquisitions, leases, and construction of railroads; eminent domain proceedings; and rail rate complaints.
  • Briefed Board Members and Congressional staff on pending cases.
  • Argued cases for decision at Voting Conferences of the Board and hearings.
(Jun – Aug)

Summer Associate

McDermott, Will
  • Researched legal issues and wrote memoranda and sections of briefs.
  • Reviewed documents for privilege and relevance for international arbitration.
  • Assisted in formation of limited liability company, qualified it to do business, participated in closing.
2000 – 2001
(Jun – May)

Research Assistant

Georgetown University Law Center
  • Researched and drafted memoranda dealing with poverty and welfare law, property law, criminal law, employment law, civil liberties and other areas of law.
(Jun – Aug)


The Smith Company
  • Researched and raised funds for political groups.
  • Analyzed data on campaign supporters, reported findings to clients.
  • Drafted proposals, memoranda, and promotional materials.
(Jun – Aug)


Congressional Quarterly
  • Attended and reported on Congressional committee meetings, hearings and votes.
  • Researched and wrote articles on issues, legislation, political action committees, and candidates.
  • Edited a CQ website.


2011 – 2012

IE Business School

International Master's in Business Adminstration (expected Dec. 2012) (MBA)
1999 – 2002

Georgetown University Law Center

Juris Doctor
1995 – 1999

Duke University

Bachelor of Arts
1991 – 1995

G.P. South High School


Not a member of any clubs


  • Impact Weekend Organizer-organized social entrepreneurship startup competition at IE Business School
  • Supporting Women Leaders Scholarship, IE Business School

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