After acquiring experience in the international organizations/government space working at the United Nations and the Embassy of Cameroon in Moscow, Iynna Halilou found her truest passion in entrepreneurship and its interplay with tech and social impact. She returned to her home country of Cameroon to start a sanitation venture whose mission was to provide access to toilets to the 1M individuals in marginalized communities in the city of Douala. After developing this, Iynna returned to New York and worked in cleantech at the Urban Future Lab for the incubator, where she provided strategic and communication support to the 27 portfolio companies. She continued her entrepreneurial and tech career managing operations for a startup that provides STEM and entrepreneurship education to underrepresented underserved minorities in New York. She combined her social business and entrepreneurial expertise to manage Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus’ digital global accelerator - to support the growth of social ventures across the world.
Iynna is currently the Global Programs Manager at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA), New York’s largest early-stage tech startup accelerator and seed investment fund. In her role, she is responsible for building partnerships with global startup ecosystems; identifying investment opportunities globally; creating and running US market-entry acceleration programs for the startups.
Iynna is originally from Cameroon and Madagascar, by way of Paris (France), the UK, Moscow, Dakar (Senegal) and now New York. She is a native French and English speaker as well as fluent in Spanish. She holds a Master in International Affairs, specializing in International Development from NYU and a Bachelor in International Relations and Spanish from Durham University, in England.
You can find her active on LinkedIn or Twitter @iynna_halilou.