Desiree Younge

Director, Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development,
The Tony Elumelu Foundation

Désirée Younge is the director of Leadership & Entrepreneurship Development with The Tony Elumelu Foundation and has over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Younge’s educational training and professional experience encompasses poverty alleviation and economic development, practiced through venture philanthropy and impact investing models in her role as a senior program officer at the Robin Hood Foundation and as senior manager at Synergos Institute’s Global Philanthropy Network.

Most recently, she was the founder and CEO of Cotton Tree Philanthropy Advisors Inc., based in New York. Younge holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the New School University, New York, and bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Art from Notre Dame of Maryland University.