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Ted Pantone

Ted was a Praxis Fellow while serving as the Managing Director of Mango Fund for East Africa. He led Mango’s efforts on the ground for four years, and still serves on the Fund’s Investment Committee. He has a B.S. in Business Administration from The King’s College, where he was Student Body President. After college he joined the staff of the Beckett Corp. as a product manager for the HVAC manufacturer. Then, following a calling to serve the poor, Ted transitioned to rural Kenya to head operations for a Gates Foundation funded water sanitation project. Recognizing the need for strong businesses and good jobs in East Africa, Ted then joined the start-up Mango Fund as its Director. Ted now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and three young children, where he leads the Innovation effort for MicroEnsure, the global leader in mirco-insurance.

Mango Fund encourages economic development in emerging economies in East Africa by backing local entrepreneurs who create jobs. The fund invests both capital and consulting to drive the growth of these small and medium-sized businesses, primarily in agricultural processing and manufacturing. With investments ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, Mango focuses on businesses that use technology to add value to their products in-country, boosting the local economy. With a growing portfolio and track record, Mango hopes to promote economic well-being and personal flourishing.