CEO, WAVE (West Africa Vocational Education)
Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Misan is no stranger to the challenges of education and social mobility in Nigeria. When her parents, unable to ignore the education system's breakdown, were compelled to send her to the US for university, Misan resolved to play a role in transforming the region's education system so that one day she would have the choice to send her own children to local schools if she wanted to.
After earning her Economics degree from Stanford University, she worked in management consulting with The Monitor Group in New York and London on a wide spectrum of projects in both the private and public sector. Post-Monitor, she worked as a consultant for TechnoServe, Cote d'Ivoire and with the Center for Public Policy Alternatives in her native Lagos, Nigeria. While getting her MBA at the Harvard Business School in 2012, Misan interned with Bridge International Academies. It was also during her MBA that she connected with fellow socially-minded Africans to discuss ways to tackle youth unemployment in the region, culminating in the WAVE model. Misan is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation entrepreneur, a Rainer Arnhold, Echoing Green, Cordes and New Voices Fellow.