Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson is a recognized innovator of new avenues for VC and Impact investment. Herexpertise in leading technology, investment, and social impact initiatives since the early 2000s culminated in creating VC Include in 2018 to build platforms and programs for diverse emerging managers globally. With just 1% of all assets in the U.S. managed by diverse asset managers, VC Include meets this marketopportunity by building an ecosystem of Women, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ fund managers in alternative investments.
She expanded the first online technology competitions and conferences in Africa as the Executive Director ofAppfrica, partnering with the U.S. Department of State, World Bank, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Nokia. She managed the Appfrica Fund to provide early-stage capital to the first wave of technology entrepreneurs throughout the continent. At Ashoka, she established partnerships and a pipeline of thousands of social entrepreneurs for clients including ExxonMobil, G20, Amgen, eBay Foundation, and Google.
Robinson is a Bloomberg News New Voices Fellow, a member of The Ceres President’s Council, and Private Equity Women in Investments Network. Her work has been recognized by The Stanford University Social Innovation Review, Responsible Investor Magazine, Crunchbase, Impact Alpha, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, and Forbes.