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June Arunga: Innovative Technology and Powerful Progress

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June Arunga: Innovative Technology and Powerful Progress

Time: May 12, 2016 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: Mercy Corps Action Center
Street: 28 SW 1st Avenue
City/Town: Portland
Website or Map: http://www.mercycorps.org/eve…
Phone: 5038965747
Event Type: lecture
Organized By: Mercy Corps Action Center
Latest Activity: Mar 8, 2016

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6:30 pm Doors Open; Refreshments provided.

Tickets: $5 Student/Senior, $10 Regular; Available here. Tickets can also be purchased in the Action Center during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 11 - 5 pm. All tickets purchased in person do not include additional fees.

Named one of Forbes’ Youngest Powerful Women in Africa in 2011, June Arunga is committed to bringing economic and financial access to African communities. From product development to affordable manufacturing, hear Arunga talk about the perils and potential of innovation from her experience running her own global business.

June Arunga Kimani is an entrepreneur in film production, mobile payments platforms, and most recently sanitation. Her new company, Usafi Comfort, will bring to market an affordable alternative to traditional sewer systems in Kenya and East Africa. In 2007, June became a founding partner of Black Star Line SA, a Ghana-based technology solution provider in the fields of cell phone-based payments and money transfer with a strong focus on the African market. These efforts, among others, led to her recognition in 2010 as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company Magazine and one of Forbes Magazine’s 20 Youngest Powerful Women in Africa in 2011. For the last decade, June has combined her business pursuits with public policy advocacy as a strong supporter of policies that promote technologies that positively transform intra-African trade and migration and that secure property rights for wealth creation in Africa. She has contributed to a number of notable television programs including two globally broadcast BBC documentaries. She is a University of Buckingham law graduate.

Sponsored by globalenvision.org, Mercy Corps' blog about market-driven solutions to poverty.

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