Global Leadership


Global Leadership

Chinezi Chijioke

Chinezi Chijioke

Chief Executive Officer

Chinezi was previously the Head of McKinsey & Company’s African Education Practice, where he worked for eight years with over 25 countries’ school systems across the world. Chinezi began his career as a mathematics teacher, and holds an MBA and a Masters in Education from Stanford University, and a B.A. with Honours from Harvard University.

Damany Gibbs

Damany Gibbs

Chief Financial Officer

Damany was previously a founding team member of Bain & Company’s Africa practice. Damany previously worked across New York, London and South Africa for Morgan Stanley. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in Economic & Social History from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar and a BS from Cornell University.

Oliver Sabot

Oliver Sabot

Chief Development Officer

Oliver previously served as the Executive Vice President for Global Programs at the Clinton Health Access Initiative working on health and education priorities across the globe. He is also co-founder and board member of innovative East African education startups Spire (Kenya) and Kepler (Rwanda).

Chris Khaemba

Chris Khaemba

Director

Chris is the former headmaster of Alliance High School and founding Dean of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa, and is widely regarded as one of Africa’s leading educators. Khaemba has also served the Government as the executive for education, youth affairs, children, culture and social services.

Dai Ellis

Dai Ellis

Director

Dai served as CEO of Excel Academy Charter Schools, one of the highest-performing school networks in the United States. Previously, Dai led the Clinton Foundation’s work on health care products in the developing world. Dai holds a JD from Yale Law School and earned his bachelor’s degree at Harvard University.

Nova Pioneer Management

Ali Sweet

Ali Sweet

Chief Talent Officer
Natalie Coleman

Natalie Coleman

Chief Marketing Officer
Aditya Shah

Aditya Shah

Chief Operating Officer
Taylor Stockton

Taylor Stockton

Chief of Staff

Nova Pioneer Team

  • Kelsey Keech

    Kelsey Keech

    Learning & Instructional Design Team Lead
  • Alex Onduso

    Alex Onduso

    Associate Manager, External Relations
  • Annabelle Egessa

    Annabelle Egessa

    Senior Associate, Brand & Admissions
  • Robert Omondi

    Robert Omondi

    Senior Associate, Brand & Admissions
  • Assindi Hawi

    Assindi Hawi

    Associate, Talent & Partnerships