Matthew leads Sinapis’ vision of training 10,000 entrepreneurs and empowering them to grow disciple making movements within successful companies. His unique background combines investment management and international economic development with spiritual leadership. This builds upon his work at HOPE International, where as Director of Spiritual Integration he led efforts to integrate the gospel and discipleship into microfinance across seventeen countries. Matthew’s accomplishments also include a Notre Dame MBA, being a CFA charterholder, and serving as AVP at Lincoln Financial. Matthew is passionate about Jesus Christ, his family, and sustainable solutions to poverty.
Toby guides Sinapis’ scaling, investment, and accelerator strategies. He is leveraging his experience as a Principal at Deloitte Consulting and a Partner at A.T. Kearney and building an investor pipeline at Sinapis that both accelerates businesses and matches them with investors.
With over 25 years of international experience with SGBs, he has street smarts to go with the book smarts of his Harvard MBA and Vanderbilt honors. Toby knows SGBs offer some of the best opportunities for growth and job creation, but they need proper advisory and financial capital support to thrive. This is why he’s building the next generation of programs at Sinapis to catalyze businesses to their full potential.
Director of Entrepreneur Academy
Sylvie oversees the Sinapis Entrepreneur Academy, which trains entrepreneurs how to scale, sustainable SGBs. It’s a natural fit given her experience in research and in the field. At HOPE International, she launched the Malawi branch office, developed a network of microfinance banks and saving programs, and created several new products including an SME loan. Her formal education includes degrees for public policy, international business, and economics from Georgetown University, University of Geneva, and University of Richmond. Sylvie’s research on entrepreneurship and sustainable finance has advised the UN, academia, and impact investors. At Sinapis, she continues to apply her passion for entrepreneurial impact.
Kenya Country Manager
Silvya manages all of Sinapis’ operations in Kenya, which have trained hundreds of entrepreneurs. She embodies entrepreneurial creativity. Previously, she owned a startup & MSME consultancy and also provided communications strategy for Unilever Kenya and WPP-Scangroup. At Equity Group Foundation, she developed a program to foster entrepreneurship among youth in Kenya. Silvya holds masters from Manchester Business School for innovation management and entrepreneurship as well as honors from Strathmore University. Today she brings her calling to grow faith-driven entrepreneurs to Sinapis Kenya where she’s well on her way to training thousands of business leaders.
Fast Track Fellows
Mark leads the Fast Track Fellows accelerator. He is also lead consultant for African Growth Partnerships, which specializes in SGB strategy. His expertise spans startup technology, rural electrification, and sustainable agriculture. Mark previously served as a director at a London-based SGB where he grew it from a 30 person, single site, $4 million turnover to an 80 person, dual site, $15 million turnover organisation.
Uganda Program Manager
Juliet leads Sinapis' programs in Uganda. She brings experience in training entrepreneurs to reach their full potential. Before Sinapis, Juliet served as an Associate Trainer at Imagine Me Africa, where she coached individuals and organizations how to dream big and achieve goals.
Joseph supports Sinapis alumni as part of the Sinapis Global Network. While originally trained as an agritech engineer, Joseph eventually found himself engineering relationships and quality assurance for government and international business projects. He brings this experience and his heart for servant leadership to Sinapis as he facilitates opportunities and experiences to help alumni grow successful businesses that also bring social and spiritual transformation.
Beatrice orchestrates all of Sinapis’ programs within Kenya. She loves systems, but she also loves people. It’s a rare mix of practicality and relationship building, which is been valuable to Sinapis’ model of focusing on the entrepreneur more than the company. Formally trained at Kenya Institute of Management, Beatrice honed her skills at Keswick Books and New Day where she helped optimize business operations. Faith is important to her, and Sinapis allows her to blend business with Kingdom principles. It’s not just about training. She gets to disciple and encourage people.
Salome leads Kenya’s marketing and communications. She is a driven go-getter with a passion for people. Salome is the storyteller keeping a pulse on what Sinapis alumni are accomplishing. After graduating from Maseno University, she worked with entrepreneurs at PassionBiz Academy doing marketing. And today, she’s helping tell Sinapis’ story as it grows to new milestones and expands to new cities.
Every success story needs a good accountant, and Caroline is that superstar for Sinapis. As Sinapis has experienced rapid growth in recent years, Caroline has put her CPA(K) training to work juggle tasks with a keen eye for detail. Previously she served businesses across manufacturing, service, and retail, and she loves that through Sinapis she can play a role in helping even more businesses grow and integrate faith at work.
Retired Executive Director at Medpace
Trained as an immunocytochemist, Lisa Allgood spent 36 years as a pharmaceutical executive at Merck, Procter & Gamble, and Medpace. Today she serves as Executive Director of MomsHope, an organization that helps single mothers break the cycle of generational poverty. By providing resources and mentors, these mothers create sustainable independence for themselves and their children. Lisa also serves as ordained Ruling Elder at the Presbytery of Cincinnati. She loves how Sinapis combines the love and power of Jesus Christ with leadership and cutting-edge business training.
Retired VP at Procter & Gamble
Steve served Procter & Gamble for 36 years beginning with international sales, marketing, and management and ultimately as a Sales VP leading the Household Care, Global Beauty, and Global Health & Grooming divisions. He’s a husband, father, and grandfather who believes a job without a relationship with God is meaningless. “People need good jobs, but ultimately they need God.” At Sinapis, Steve can play a part in helping others integrate their faith within the marketplace.
CEO at The LEGO Foundation
John is a kid at heart turned executive, which is fitting for his role as CEO of The LEGO Foundation. While he got his start as an auditor and tax consultant for Ernst & Young, his career took a playful turn to puppies, snacks, and toys. John served as CEO at Iams pet products, President of Procter & Gamble’s Global Snacks division, and CFO & EVP at The LEGO Group. He also led P&G’s Global Braun division as President. In 1996, John was a founding trustee of Retrak, a charity which supports street children in Africa. John helped shape the culture at LEGO where they believe play is the best way children can develop, dream dreams, and build castles high. And he believes jobs created by faith-driven entrepreneurship is one of the best ways for individuals to break out of poverty, dream dreams, and build new lives.
Cofounder at Sinapis
Courtney cofounded Sinapis in 2010, where she served as Executive Director until the birth of her second child in 2017. Sinapis grew out of Courtney’s Harvard-funded research into the viability of launching an early stage accelerator program in Nairobi. She’s always been a self-starting entrepreneur with a penchant for helping others. By age 14, she built a business selling lambs to Texas farms. And Courtney went on to advise Fortune 500 companies as an analyst at McKinsey & Company. She has researched market strategies for Procter & Gamble, consulted nonprofits like American Red Cross and United Way, and helped the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation expand their strategy to South Africa. Courtney’s passion for creating opportunities in emerging economies took root while earning a Master of Public Policy at Harvard, and it has flourished while living in Kenya.
As Head of Sustainable Economic Development for the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in Kenya, Ian oversees a £200 million portfolio of programmes operating across multiple sectors in Kenya, including economic development, climate change, and youth employment. Ian’s passion for poverty reduction began during his childhood in Zimbabwe and Kenya. As an adult, he’s served as a volunteer missionary with Latin Link in Peru, worked with the UN in Botswana, conducted criminal justice research for Harvard in Sierra Leone, and been an economist for World Bank Group in Somalia. As a solicitor in England & Wales, he also specialized in setting up private equity funds for one of London’s leading law firms. Ian studied economics at Durham University, law at Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, and public administration at Harvard. And he is passionate about job creation and Kingdom impact.
Cofounder at Sinapis
Karibu cofounded Sinapis as a way to empower entrepreneurs in Kenya to transform society through faith-driven business. He is an entrepreneur himself having served as CEO and founder of an Africa-based fintech startup. With business degrees from both Harvard and University of California at Berkeley, Karibu has excelled in corporate and academic sectors with previous roles at the World Bank Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and as a Leadership Fellow at Dillard University. Karibu is currently working to bring internet connectivity across the world at Loon.