MEDA announces new CEO/President

Dorothy NyambiDorothy NyambiSeptember 13, 2018 - Waterloo, ON - Following an extensive search, the board of Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Dorothy Nyambi as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President. She will succeed Allan Sauder, who is retiring from a role which he has held for the past 16 years.

Dorothy is a dual citizen of Canada and Cameroon and is fully bilingual, speaking both English and French. Her background includes over 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, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America, 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.

Dorothy and her husband currently live in Ontario. 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 in her words, to “journey together.” We are very excited about this new chapter in MEDA’s legacy of creating business solutions to poverty.

Dr. Nyambi’s official start date is November 26, 2018; we plan to introduce her publicly at Convention in Indianapolis, November 8-11, 2018. Dorothy will work closely with Allan Sauder through a period of transition to December 14, 2018.

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

About MEDA:

  • MEDA is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty.
  • We work with 400 partners in 62 countries to help 910,000 clients unleash their potential to earn a livelihood, provide for their families and enrich their communities.
  • Donations to MEDA are multiplied in impact seven times on average.
  • MEDA has offices in Waterloo and Ottawa, ON, Washington, DC and Lancaster, PA, and internationally.

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Tim Penner, Board Chair
Vonnie Sieber, CEO Search Committee Chair