We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Aziza Ajak and Izzy Obeng to the Mission 44 Board.
Aziza Ajak, Vice Principal, Secondary School
Aziza Ajak is currently Vice Principal and a science teacher at a school in London. She’s had the chance to be part of the founding leadership team of a new school and has helped to establish the school as one of the best in the borough. Aziza’s recent voluntary experience includes being a Trustee on the Teach First Board.
Aziza grew up in an environment similar to those of the young people Mission 44 seeks to serve. A successful school experience led her to successfully complete graduate and postgraduate qualifications at universities like Durham and Imperial College. As a result, she’s passionate about the transformative power of education.
“I am thrilled to be joining such a diverse and talented Board working towards a mission that is close to my heart. As an experienced educator and senior leader, the ambition and approach of Mission 44 gives me hope about the possibilities for the most undeserved young people here and abroad. I am excited to contribute, be challenged and learn from the incredible people that the charity has attracted.”
Izzy Obeng, Founder and CEO, Foundervine
Izzy Obeng is an entrepreneur and business consultant. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Foundervine. At Foundervine, Izzy leads a consultancy for creating systemic change in entrepreneurship. Foundervine has launched accelerators in the UK that support early-stage companies, providing entrepreneurs from under-represented communities with mentorship, training, and access to capital. By 2022, Foundervine had helped over 5,000 leaders to start, scale new businesses or raise capital.
Izzy acts as an Advisor to Lloyds Banking Group, Big Issue Invest & Unltd. She has been featured in the BBC, The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian and in 2022, Izzy was listed in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Social Impact.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the board of Mission 44. I truly believe that every young person possesses the potential to transform our world. For my career, this has meant working with ambitious entrepreneurs globally to remove the social and economic barriers to innovation. It’s a privilege to now align with Mission 44’s mission – working together to challenge the status quo and building a fairer, more inclusive society. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
“I am delighted to welcome Aziza and Izzy to Mission 44’s Board of Trustees. With a range of invaluable experiences across the Education, Charity and Business sectors, both Aziza and Izzy will bring a wealth of knowledge and insight to Mission 44, ensuring our work meets the needs of the young people we seek to empower.”