We envision a world where people go to work to create impact

Our approach to learning prioritizes experiential, practical, reflective, group work over academic approaches.

Over half of all jobs aim to become impact-centered, with 10% already meeting impact criteria. The non-profit sector and social enterprise have grown significantly, and people increasingly seek purpose in work. We must overcome the existing barriers by catalyzing professionals and organizations to start, switch to, and grow impact work.

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Amani Institute Global Team

Meet the people behind Amani Institute

Our team’s experience, expertise, and knowledge reflect the vast array of skillsets needed to tackle the challenge ahead.

Our People
Our Mission

We develop people and organizations to lead social impact.

Our Methodology

This is how we do it

Learning by doing

Real-World Application

Because learning only creates value when applied, our programs facilitate on-the-job application. Any effective training requires practice and reflection. We focus on experiential methods, to make sure the learning sticks.
Connecting the dots

Emerging Markets Perspective

While bringing eye-opening insights from emerging markets, our faculty are also experienced impact practitioners who bring real world examples to our trainings.
Leading on three levels

The Inner Journey

Any program we design creates value for the organization AND the individual. It’s not an either/or. We focus on the whole person and we ensure they can lead themselves, others and the business.
Community Building


We ensure peer learning and promote diversity as a tool for inclusion and innovation. Participating in our courses means developing a larger, inspiring, effective network.


  • To step into the unknown, and into possibility, without having all the answers
  • To hold steady in the face of both the seductions and threats of the status quo
  • To stand up when others can’t (or won’t)


  • To see yourself as part of a larger whole
  • To burn for justice
  • To sense common ground when difference threatens


  • To build, not (just) critique
  • To scale the walls that stand in your way
  • To deploy not just skills and knowledge, but all parts of you

Global Mindset

  • To navigate different contexts, locations, and timezones
  • To see the hidden connections between people and ideas, and build new ones
  • To catalyze impact across both perceived and actual boundaries


  • To see what is not, and ask why not
  • To look beyond your own position and identity to see what you can do
  • To set a new direction, for self, organization/ community, and planet
Ilaina Rabbat and Roshan Paul
When we launched Amani Institute in 2011, we had a bold dream: to offer a new model of higher education, originating in the Global South, for social impact professionals, accessible for people all over the world.
– Roshan Paul and Ilaina Rabbat, Amani Institute Co-Founders
Amani team

A self-sustainable non-profit organization

We are a non-profit organization because we aim to keep the price of our top-class quality programs accessible.

We are a financially sustainable social enterprise; the vast majority of our operating expenses are covered through program fees and earned income, by conducting executive programs for universities, foundations, NGOs, and companies.

In the United States, we have 501c3 non-profit status, which allows any philanthropic contributions to be tax-deductible. Philanthropic contributions help us provide more scholarships, launch new programs, reach new territories, and serve a larger audience.


By supporting individuals and organizations we serve the purpose economy

Social Innovation Management Fellows from 71 countries
Million USD scholarship offered
Young East African Leaders trained through the YALI inititive
Brazilian Participants in Formação em Impacto Social
Managers from 80 small and growing businesses (SGBs) joined our L4G program in emerging markets
Revenue growth registered in SGBs who joined our Leadership for Growth program
Women social entrepreneurs trained in India to kickstart the WISEN Network
Custom training programs delivered to organizations all over the world
Let's Work Together

Let’s work together!

Do you have a vision to share or have a milestone you want to reach? We will be glad to parter to get your team there!

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