CEO and Co-Founder
As Resonate's CEO and Co-Founder, Ayla is responsible for leading strategy, partnerships, program expansion, and curriculum innovation. She has a background in community organizing where she worked on leadership development and coaching with staff, volunteers, and community members. Along with her co-founder, she adapted proven community organizing tools to be used to unlock leadership potential among disadvantaged women in East Africa.
Prior to starting Resonate she was a Field Organizer and Program Manager at Groundswell in Washington, DC, where she led and managed the launch of a city-wide energy efficiency and financing program for low-income residents. She has also worked as a strategic communications consultant and specialized in stakeholder engagement and facilitation. She brings these skills to her work at Resonate, leveraging the influential power of communication for positive change.
Ayla was a Mary Maples Dunn scholar at Smith College, where she graduated with honors with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Spanish Language. Ayla was awarded the 2014 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling for her work with Resonate and was named one of Conscious Company Magazine’s 17 Rising Social Entrepreneurs. She is a 2015 Unreasonable Institute Global Fellow, a 2016 recipient of the Cordes Fellowship, and represents Resonate as part of the 2017 GSBI Accelerator Program and the 2017 cohort of the SPRING Accelerator. Ayla serves as an International Grant Advisor for The Pollination Project, and as a member of the Global Advisory Board for the Women’s Global Leadership Initiative.
Norette brings a wealth of experience in program management, strategic planning, and business development to her position as Country Director. Before joining Resonate, Norette was proud to help improve cancer control for Canadians through her work at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer in Toronto. In this role, she coordinated three national cancer screening networks and supported initiatives to improve cancer care for Indigenous Peoples. Before moving to Canada, she honed her financial management and client relationship building skills during her eight-year tenure with the Cooke Financial Group, an elite investment group based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Norette graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Finance with minors in Economics and Spanish from Butler University in Indianapolis, and she holds a Certificate in International Project Management from the University of Toronto. Throughout all of her professional experiences, Norette has always emphasized empowering women and girls, like her daughter, in East Africa and creating future women leaders.
As an International Youth Fellow, Generation Rwanda scholar, and Frontier Market Scout, Claire has made significant contributions in development and business. Claire worked at Oxfam and World Vision Rwanda before serving as the manager of the Discover Rwanda Youth Hostel. Claire received her MBA from Oklahoma Christian University and her Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology. Claire also holds a certificate in Social Enterprise Management and Impact Investing from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.
Nancy Holds a Master of Science degree in Global Health Delivery from the University of Global Health Equity. She is passionate about leadership and social entrepreneurship and in finding lasting solutions to problems in communities especially those affecting young girls and women Rwanda.
Prior to joining Resonate, Nancy worked with Integrated Polytechnic Regional College where she was involved in undergraduate teaching using learner centered methodology, conducting curriculum review, and leading research. She has over three years of experience working directly with grassroots communities, focusing on education and empowerment. She blogs to share experiences and agribusiness news to spark people’s interest in Agriculture and Agribusiness as a way of reducing the unemployment rate across Africa. Her long-term goal is to accelerate solutions that address harmful risks surrounding humans and their living environment in Rwanda.
Naila has extensive experience in training, with a special emphasis placed on women and girls. She worked as a Women Prep Program Coordinator at Kepler University, working in the Kiziba refugee camp. She was also a trainer and mentor to high school students with Mothering Across Continents for their Pivot Academy Project. Prior to that, she assisted the Career Department of Kepler University where she developed strong skills in professional development and effective communication. Naila's role model is her mother, who refused to sit around and wait for change and instead campaigned to be a local leader. Her mother told her that she will never give up until she is able to lead her community to wealth and welfare. This inspired Naila to create a world of women leaders, like her mom. Naila has a bachelor’s degree in Communications with a Business Concentration from Southern New Hampshire University through Kepler University.
Liliane previously served as Resonate’s Impact Intern. She was a participant in Resonate’s leadership workshops through the Imbuto Foundation, and was impressed with how Resonate is changing the lives of numerous women and girls in Rwanda. Liliane is a Toastmaster, a public speaker and a competent leader Toastmasters’ projects. She previously worked for Fiatope Digital Solution in charge of administration support. She has a background in project management through her recent work with Ishyo Arts Center in their local and international art projects, working with different experts to grow the art industry in Rwanda. Liliane is a graduate in Real Estate Management and Valuation from the University of Rwanda.
Délice Fatiro is a student at Southern New Hampshire University through Kepler University, pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Logistics and Operations. She participated in a Professional Readiness and Storytelling for Leadership workshop with Resonate and was impressed by how a simple story can significantly change a person’s life. Resonate’s Mission and Vision aligns with hers and hence has kept in touch with them after the workshop.
Délice is a determined young woman and an aspiring leader who is looking for an opportunity to help the community grow, especially young girls and a chance of personal growth in the process, because she believes that every master was once a beginner.
Communications and Development Fellow
Dalia graduated from the University of Bristol, where she earned an MSc in Development and Security with the support of the Fulbright program. In addition to her studies, Dalia conducted field research on refugee securitization and identity at the Skaramangas camp in Athens, Greece. Dalia graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in International Studies and a BA in Anthropology, completing her degrees in three years. Her previous experience includes work with refugees in Denmark, leadership with Initiatives of Change in Switzerland, ISIS research at the Carter Center, and international religious freedom advocacy in the Department of State. Dalia is incredibly passionate about grassroots programs and continues to develop her skills with plans of starting one herself.