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Techfugees non-profit brings on new CEO to engage tech industry with refugee issues – TechCrunch

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Techfugees, the worldwide non-profit which advocates using know-how to help refugees and displaced folks, has appointed tech entrepreneur and Raj Burman as its new CEO. Burman succeeds Josephine Goube, who will proceed as govt director of the adjoining Techfugees Charity so as to focus on scaling its country-based applications for refugees.

Burman has beforehand been an Ambassador to the UN Global Poverty Project; led an accelerator program for the European Fee; co-founded a philanthropic enterprise for WPP Group; mentored with TERN (The Entrepreneurial Refugee Community); and is a board member of the Refugee Youth Service. Burman can be a Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Burman’s appointment comes as Techfugees ramps up its worldwide program. It’s now signed a three-year partnership with the Fondation L’Oréal, the charitable arm of L’Oreal to speed up its program (#TF4Women) aiding refugee girls employment within the tech trade, and can develop it to Italy and Greece. In October, #TF4Women gathered over 60 recruiters to look at 16 girls refugees pitch in France, with many being efficiently positioned in jobs. And the Techfugees membership chapter in Kenya just lately developed an app to enhance the analysis and therapy of refugee sufferers inside displacement camps.

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In a press release, Burman mentioned: “I’m thrilled to be becoming a member of Techfugees at such an thrilling time and look ahead to working with the workforce, companions and the worldwide neighborhood, to curate progressive humanitarian options and speed up scale-up of next-generation know-how to satisfy human displacement challenges.”

Goube mentioned: “Raj’s distinctive expertise working within the social enterprise sector and enterprise expertise are a real reward to our younger group… This can be a pivotal second for Techfugees, which has grown quickly over the previous yr and has witnessed an growing variety of displaced individuals.”

Pure disasters brought on by the results of local weather change are predicted to drastically enhance the numbers of refugees and displaced folks over the subsequent decade if little or no motion is taken. Presently, 1% of humanity (79.5 million folks) are displaced, and most observers say that determine is rising.

Based in 2015, Techfugees now spans 10 nations, together with Canada, Kenya and Lebanon, and deploys its tasks, applications and occasions throughout all 5 continents. Over 4,000 folks have been concerned in Techfugees applications to this point.

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Mike Butcher