Speaker Bio: Jeanette Pelizzon


Jeanette is a current MIIS student in her last semester of coursework towards an MA in Public Administration. Her interest lies in the realm of social entrepreneurship, with a special focus on female artisans in rural communities. Visits to over 40 different countries have allowed her to enrich her theoretical classroom work by putting it into a real world context. Many of these experiences have allowed her to witness first hand the value social enterprise can bring to underserved communities.

This past summer, after attending the January pilot program of DPMI:Rwanda, she returned to the country to complete an internship with The Ihangane Project. During this time Jeanette worked directly with a small women’s artisan cooperative which specializes in the production of traditional Agaseke baskets. Her time working with the women further ignited her passion for finding innovative was to invest in women artisans in Africa.

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