Shantha Bloemen

Shantha Bloemen

Founding director, Mobility for Africa

Shantha Bloemen is the founding director of Mobility for Africa, a social enterprise that aims to bring the electric mobility revolution to rural Africa. Having spent the last two decades working in international humanitarian and development assistance In Africa camp ; Asia, she is now eager to put her experience into this venture that she believes will make a difference and bring disruptive change to rural women’s lives. She has worked on a variety of communication initiatives and has been actively involved in getting media attention to child rights, global health and poverty. She has travelled extensively across the continent to provide communication support in Sub Saharan Africa. Most recently, based in China, in addition to managing UNICEF external relations, she helped to initiate an innovation partnership between UNICEF and Tsinghua University and contributed to strengthening collaboration between China and African countries on global health. She has a Master degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and an honors degree in History from University of Western Australia. She was a recipient of the Soros Documentary Fund and ITVS grant for her documentary T-Shirt Travels, the story of second hand clothes and third world debt that was screened in public television in the US in 2001.