Shehnaz Rangwala is the President & CEO of Leadership Global (formerly Leadership Africa USA), where she oversees the design, implementation and management of programs in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean to address food security and poverty reduction.
Prior to launching Leadership Africa USA, Ms. Rangwala was the Program Director at Education Africa USA, and before that worked at Bread for the World, a D.C.-based nonprofit, grassroots lobbying organization that works on domestic and international hunger and poverty issues. Before joining Bread, she was Executive Assistant/Coordinator & Advisor for International Programming at the International Center, University of Missouri-Columbia, where she encouraged the achievement of the University’s campus internationalization objectives by strengthening relations between the international student community and campus communities.
Recently, Ms. Rangwala assisted in organizing a historic U.S.-Africa Energy Ministerial (AEM) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — ‘Catalyzing Sustainable Energy Growth in Africa’ in June 2014, which was attended by over 600 participants. The AEM focused on the need for increased investment in Africa’s electricity and energy sectors and was attended by energy and power ministers from over 40 African countries, over 130 U.S. and African businesses, and a U.S. Delegation led by Energy Secretary Moniz that included EXIM Bank, USAID, OPIC, USTDA, MCC, the State Department and the Obama Administration.
Ms. Rangwala worked on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and has conducted training workshops with the International Institute, USDA, and U.S. Department of State’s African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) on the challenges, opportunities and strategies to export textile products to the United States. Ms. Rangwala has experience in workplace training and labor-management mediation.
Ms. Rangwala has experience teaching International Trade in Textiles, providing students with a broad understanding of the global textile and apparel industry by emphasizing current global trends, prevailing global practices, trends in production and consumption, and the United States as an importing/exporting country.
Ms. Rangwala served as a judge at Microsoft’s 3rd Pan-African Innovative Education Forum in Mombasa, Kenya, and at Microsoft’s Worldwide Innovative Educators Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. Additionally, Ms. Rangwala presented on the importance of leadership training in school curriculum and on best practices utilizing technology to deliver quality education.
Ms. Rangwala holds a M.Sc. in Textiles & Apparel Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri, and a M.A. in Media Communications from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai and also has a Diploma in International Tourism Management from the Indian International Trade Center, Mumbai, India. Ms. Rangwala was a Fulbright Finalist to Mauritius where she researched the impact of industrialization on lives of women and children in the textile and apparel industry.
Ms. Rangwala has lived and worked in South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Kenya, Ethiopia Mauritius, Turkey, Thailand and Honduras. She has extensive experience with issues related to education, and international trade related to empowering women and girls.