Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes

Co-Founder & CEO

Akilah Institute, Davis College

A few days after graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2006, Elizabeth moved to Rwanda to volunteer with grassroots education projects. In 2008, she co-founded the Akilah Institute for Women with her husband, Dave Hughes. In 2012, Elizabeth was named one of “The 5 Most Powerful Women Changing The World With Social Entrepreneurship” by Forbes Magazine. In 2013, Newsweek recognized Elizabeth as one of the “125 Women of Impact.” Elizabeth and Dave reside in Kigali with their daughter, Lorraine.

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Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes

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2014 Nonprofit Accelerator, 2017 Business Accelerator