Iongwa Mashangao is a social entrepreneurial leader and development specialist. He has over seven years of experience developing and managing business models for the Base of Pyramid Customers in East and Central Africa. In 2007, he co-founded IED, an innovation initiative that provides business-development services to promising young people on their entrepreneurial leadership journey so they can become catalysts for peace, prosperity, and democracy in the DRC. In 2013, he co-founded Alternative Energy Technologies Distribution Company and Maize Production and Processing Line Company. Iongwa is a 2014 Westerwelle Foundation Fellow, a 2015 IVLP US Exchange Program Fellow, a YALI Regional Center East Africa alumnae, and 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit DRC 2015 delegate. He holds a BA in Education and an MA in Development Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and a Business and Entrepreneurship certificate from Kenyatta University, Kenya.