Meet the Speakers
Dr. Atuki Turner
Ashoka Fellow; Founder and Executive Director, MIFUMI
Dr. Atuki Turner is the Executive Director of MIFUMI, a women’s rights and development agency that she co- founded in Uganda and UK in 1995. Atuki is a women’s rights activist, with a legal and gender background who has employed her skills and expertise working to end violence against women and children both nationally and internationally. She is well known for her campaign on Bride Price as a human rights issue, which secured a landmark ruling when the Supreme Court of Uganda outlawed Bride Price in 2015.
She has received several national and international awards for her work, including the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship, USA. Atuki also devotes her time to creative writing and her film What Price Bride Price can be found on You Tube. Her latest podcast on Domestic violence and COVID can be found at www.mifumi.org.
MIFUMI has a wealth of knowledge and a strong track record as the largest grass-roots women’s rights organization operating at community level to end violence against women and girls, and that has managed to tackle harmful norms practices, such as bride price through national-level advocacy.
Chloe B. McKenzie
Ashoka Fellow; Founder, BlackFem
Chloe B. McKenzie is a celebrated researcher, wealth justice activist, and Founder of BlackFem, a leading nonprofit organization that partners with the nation’s most forward-thinking governmental bodies to make opportunities to build wealth more fair and equal for Black women. Chloe’s groundbreaking research on financial trauma reimagines wealth-building opportunities for Black women and addresses key areas of influence – cultural institutions, education systems, policymaking, and families. Her research, work, and impact have been featured in Forbes, British Vogue, Black Enterprise, and on MSNBC. Her work has also been used by major academic and financial institutions like Georgetown University’s Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, The Hope Center at Temple University, Ashoka, and Goldman Sachs’ One Million Black Women Initiative.
Lorena Garcia Duran
DEI Global Leader, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Based in Los Angeles, CA (born and raised in Mexico City) Lorena launched the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts at Ashoka. She also leads ASN in the U.S. and remains part of the Partnerships team. Lorena joined Ashoka in 2008 and has been leading partnerships between social and business entrepreneurship since then. She launched Ashoka in Miami back in 2009, making it the Latin American hub for all Ashoka efforts. She sits at the Board of Directors of an Ashoka Fellow’s organization Freedom for Immigrants and is also a Board member of Imperative Fund, an impact investment fund that is sustainably helping communities get out of poverty.