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A PROMISING YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR – Sangu Julius Delle

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Born in Ghana, Sangu’s childhood home was a refuge for victims of torture and violence from neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Sangu was fortunate to have been awarded a full merit scholarship to attend the Peddie School, a boarding school in New Jersey. He then went on to Harvard University, where he was inspired to pursue social and economic entrepreneurship. Sangu graduated from Harvard with highest honors in African Studies and Economics, where he was awarded the Thomas Hoopes Prize, the Reverend Peter Gomes Prize, the Philippe Wamba Prize, the Deshaun Hill & Harvard Stephens and the Maurice Sedwell Prize among others.

At Harvard, he enrolled in the Social Engagement Initiative program that bridged the academic study and practical service gap. Sangu co-founded Cleanacwa (formerly the African Development Initiative), which embarked on a five-year project to bring sanitation and clean water to Agyementi, a village in Ghana. Today Cleanacwa is working in underdeveloped regions to make sure that basic human rights, water and sanitation are provided. Starting in Ghana, Sangu and his team have rallied businesses institutions, local government, academics and non-profits organizations to help find and spread effective solutions for water and sanitation access.

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Cleanacwa is currently working to bring clean water and sanitation to over 60,000 people in 120 villages in the Ayensuano and Suhum districts in Ghana. Sangu is a huge believer in the power of the youth to transform Africa. In 2013, he endowed the “Sangu Delle Fund for Social Engagement” at Harvard University in honor of his mentor Professor Evelyn Higgin botham to help fund the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

Sangu has previously worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Valiant Capital Partners. Convinced that the real needs of communities can best be met through entrepreneurship, he founded an investment holding company, Golden Palm Investments (GPI) in 2008 to fund promising start-ups that can have social impact and generate jobs. GPI has backed startups such as SOLO Mobile in Nigeria, mPharma in Ghana and Zamsolar in Zambia. Sangu serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GPI.

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