Techfugees, the worldwide non-profit which advocates the usage of expertise to help refugees and displaced individuals, has appointed tech entrepreneur and Raj Burman as its new CEO. Burman succeeds Josephine Goube, who will proceed as govt director of the adjoining Techfugees Charity with a purpose to consider scaling its country-based packages for refugees.
Burman has beforehand been an Ambassador to the UN Global Poverty Project; led an accelerator program for the European Fee; co-founded a philanthropic enterprise for WPP Group; mentored with TERN (The Entrepreneurial Refugee Community); and is a board member of the Refugee Youth Service. Burman can also be a Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.
Burman’s appointment comes as Techfugees ramps up its worldwide program. It’s now signed a three-year partnership with the Fondation L’Oréal, the charitable arm of L’Oreal to speed up its program (#TF4Women) aiding refugee girls employment within the tech trade, and can develop it to Italy and Greece. In October, #TF4Women gathered over 60 recruiters to observe 16 girls refugees pitch in France, with many being efficiently positioned in jobs. And the Techfugees membership chapter in Kenya lately developed an app to enhance the analysis and remedy of refugee sufferers inside displacement camps.
In a press release, Burman stated: “I’m thrilled to be becoming a member of Techfugees at such an thrilling time and sit up for working with the workforce, companions and the worldwide neighborhood, to curate progressive humanitarian options and speed up scale-up of next-generation expertise to fulfill human displacement challenges.”
Goube stated: “Raj’s distinctive expertise working within the social enterprise sector and enterprise abilities are a real reward to our younger group… It is a pivotal second for Techfugees, which has grown quickly over the previous 12 months and has witnessed an rising variety of displaced individuals.”
Pure disasters brought on by the results of local weather change are predicted to drastically enhance the numbers of refugees and displaced individuals over the following decade if little or no motion is taken. At the moment, 1% of humanity (79.5 million individuals) are displaced, and most observers say that determine is rising.
Based in 2015, Techfugees now spans 10 international locations, together with Canada, Kenya and Lebanon, and deploys its initiatives, packages and occasions throughout all 5 continents. Over 4,000 individuals have been concerned in Techfugees packages so far.