Amani Institute was founded in 2011 by Roshan Paul and Ilaina Rabbat, from India and Argentina respectively, who had a combined 25 years experience in working in social entrepreneurship globally. Through their careers in vastly different parts of the world, they had witnessed firsthand 1) the growing hunger for meaningful careers in the people they met, 2) the demand for high-quality talent from leading organizations all over the world, and 3) the inadequacies of the higher education system (including their own top-ranked universities) to meet this two-way demand. They decided to start an organization that would help people become changemakers – to create careers of meaning and impact.
After two years of operating in Kenya, we made our first attempt to scale, by launching a second “campus” in Brazil. In 2017, we launched our third “campus” in Bengaluru, India. Today, Amani Institute has “campuses” in Nairobi, Kenya, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Bengaluru, India with a diverse global staff that has deep prior experience in the private, education, and social sectors.
Throughout this journey, a global network of partners have inspired, advised, seed-funded, and partnered with us. We wouldn’t be where we are without them, and we will always remain grateful.
For incubation and advisory services, and an incredible network of creative leaders that have supported us in countless ways.
For shaping our understanding of what it really takes to be a changemaker.
The Harvard University Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory
For curriculum advice
For being our fiscal sponsor before we achieved tax-exemption status.
Foundation Tejcheve and The Compton Foundation
For being our first donors, seed-funding, and encouragement.
Amani Institute is registered.
Roshan and Ilaina leave Washington, DC and move to Nairobi to work on Amani Institute full-time.
After a prototype course in social entrepreneurship in Nairobi, the first Social Innovation Management (SIM) class is launched.
Amani Institute starts developing customized programs for organizations like CISP East Africa, Green Belt Movement, Segal Family Foundation among others.
In partnership with Hivos, “The Hatchery” is created, to build innovation capacity across the East African creative sector.
Through a partnership with Lynn University, Amani Fellows can now get credits transferred to Lynn University’s MBA program.
Amani Institute launches the SIM program in Brazil and supports FAE University to develop their own Social Innovation certificate program.
The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) invites Amani Institute to run its "Civic Leadership" track in East Africa, the only non-American-university invited to run a track.
Amani Institute runs 4 SIM programs (2 in Kenya and 2 in Brazil) in a year for the first time.
In partnership with Argidius Foundation, the Amani Leadership and Management for Impact Program is launched in Kenya with the aim of developing talent for Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs)
The Formacao en Impacto Social (FIS) program is launched in Brazil. The course is designed specifically for new entrants into the social impact sector and is the first program we run in Portuguese in our attempts to be more inclusive.
Amani Institute’s first ever Global Summit is held in Kenya. This brings together Amani Alumni, Staff and select Faculty for a week. The Walk your Talk event format is also launched at the Summit.
Amani Institute opens its third “campus” in Bengaluru, India.
Amani Institute reaches milestone of having trained over 2,000 young leaders from 13 countries in East and Central Africa via the YALI Program in Nairobi
Two SIM cohorts run in India for the first time with more than 100 Fellows globally joining the program in the year
Amani Institute customized trainings gain prominence with organizations like OXFAM, UNICEF and CARE among our repeat customers across the globe.
Amani Institute convenes the 2nd ever Global Summit in São Paulo, Brazil, also promoting a full-day international conference on The Future of Impact Work
For the first time Social Innovation Management program runs twice a year in Kenya, India and Brazil, bringing the total number of Fellows up to 500, from more than 60 countries