This article was originally published by The Mennonite

First woman appointed to lead MEDA as CEO/president

Following an extensive search, the board of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) has announced the appointment of Dr. Dorothy Nyambi as the organization’s next chief executive officer and president. She will succeed Allan Sauder, who is retiring from a role he has held for the past 16 years.

Dorothy is a dual citizen of Canada and Cameroon and is bilingual, speaking English and French. Her background includes more than 20 years of international development policy and programming experience at the strategic and analytical level, with country, regional and continental scope.

She has work experience in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America. Dorothy began her career as a medical doctor before moving into the field of international development.

Dr. Nyambi resonates strongly with MEDA’s approach and framework of entrepreneurship as the pathway to alleviate poverty, particularly with work that is sustainable, scalable, measurable and replicable. 

Dr. Nyambi and her husband live in Ancaster, Ontario. She says she holds a Christian faith commitment and an appreciation for MEDA’s Mennonite beliefs and values. She is attracted to MEDA’s inclusive work with many diverse communities and she demonstrates a humility and leadership style that indicates she will integrate with leadership/staff, she says, to “journey together.”

Dr. Nyambi’s start date is Nov. 26. She will work closely with Sauder through a period of transition to Dec. 14.

“I’m honored and humbled by this opportunity to serve in leadership for this world class organization and to continue building on the amazing impact MEDA has,” Dr. Nyambi, says. “MEDA is a leading innovator in the field of economic development with unique and highly effective approaches. I look forward to connecting with our many faithful private supporters and institutional granting partners.”

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