Become a Gritcube Consultant

As a Gritcube volunteer consultant, you will make a real impact on the future of private enterprise in Africa. You will help a real early-stage startup in Africa execute tests and iterations of its business model. At the end of your engagement, startups will be ready to start operations and pitch to investors.

We select consultants through a competitive application and interview process. We seek people who excel at problem solving, are creative business professionals, and are passionate about pursuing economic equality worldwide. Pessimists need not apply.


Current Gritcube Consultants

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Kylie Johnston

Kylie Johnston is a second-year MBA Candidate at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Prior to joining Team Fuqua, Kylie worked for 6 years as both an environmental consultant and then Advisor to the CEO of a non-profit advocacy group representing the state intensive agricultural industry. Most recently she interned at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the Agricultural Development team. Kylie is interested in the intersection between for-profit business and social and sustainable impact in developing countries. Outside of work, she enjoys drinking good coffee and reading books. 

lee johnson

Lee Johnson is a former technology consultant passionate about the role that private sector activity plays in the development of growing communities. Lee has deep experience in process improvement and project management gained while working in the energy industry. He has also specialized in helping non-profits better-leverage technology to understand their organizations. Lee is currently pursuing his MBA at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He will graduate in 2018 with focuses in strategy and social impact.


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Ashwini ramanisankar

Ashwini is a small business consultant and entrepreneur for over a decade setting up and scaling organizations in ethical products and non-profit space. Most recently, she was the Operations Manager at Unicorn Goods, the world's largest ethical vegan catalog, where she managed the company's operations and logistics. Previously, she founded and led an eco-friendly clothing line and a chain of eco stores. Ashwini has also been a Chief Financial Officer for a non-profit educational institution, successfully turning around their finances and helping them reach financial sustainability. She is an MBA graduate of Hult Business School at Boston.