by Cathy Shelton

Amo (right), VP Corporate Relations of AIESEC Kenya, tells Katrina Oropel (alumni coordinator at AIESEC US) about the AIESEC Africa SwITch program


Allen Kone, a member of Yale’s BOA and the NY Hub Steering Committee, catches up with Baruch students who helped with the party, including Bryan Adler (OC VP Alumni Engagement for the upcoming Winter National conference in San Francisco), Harrison Adler (Baruch alum), and Samson Peng, VP account management at Baruch.

Rishi Ganti, left, (Emory 94) chats with Darius Nemati (Emory 88) at the party Rishi hosted at his Soho penthouse.

Nearly 80 New York alumni gathered at the Soho penthouse of Rishi Ganti (Emory 94) on a steamy July Friday night for a party in support of AIESEC Africa SwITch.  Rishi very generously hosted the party including all refreshments as a way of giving back to AIESEC, the organization which enabled him to take a traineeship to Karlsruhe,Germany in 1992.

Launched last year, the AIESEC Africa SwITch program brought 100+ trainees from around the world to work directly with 3,800 students in African high schools. They introduced the key concepts of digital technologies, and served as role models for the African teenagers as they worked through new concepts and skill sets.

A special guest at the party was Rebecca Amo, VP Corporate Relations at AIESEC Kenya, whose goals include expanding the SwITch program.  Partygoers were invited to donate used electronics for use in the SwITch program, to be hand-carried by Rebecca and MCP Jeff Chen to International Congress in Kenyain August for local distribution.

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