As one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, JA serves more than 12 million students each year, educating a generation of skilled and inspired workers, makers, and job creators. Through the delivery of hands-on, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, young people in over 100 countries are growing their entrepreneurial ideas, honing their work skills, managing their earnings, and securing better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

JA’s learning experiences are led by 470,000 volunteers, whose corporations have targeted one or more Global Goals and utilize JA’s global network to achieve them. In addition to dozens of skill-building programs, though JA’s flagship learning experience, the JA Company Program, young people create real companies with real products, often in their first experience with entrepreneurship, product development, small-business finance, and equity valuation.

Now taught in over 100 countries, variations of the JA Company Program in some regions also serve university students and out-of-school youth through, with tailored programs for launching startups and embarking on entrepreneurial careers. Our 100 million JA alumni are not only taking their place as the world’s job creators but also serving as a global force for good, as they develop products with a clear social mission that meet the challenge of reaching The Global Goals.

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We’re One of the World’s Most-Impactful Youth-Serving NGOs.

Working in over 100 countries, JA equips young people with the employment and entrepreneurship skillsets and mindsets they need to succeed. By building abilities and nurturing self-belief, JA prepares youth for the future of work, ensures they have the tools to be financially capable adults, and teaches them to think entrepreneurially.

The JA Worldwide Board of Governors.

Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi

Board Chair
Chair, Euroclear

Jonas Prising

Board Chair Elect
Chairman & CEO, ManpowerGroup

Shiv Khemka

Board Vice-Chair Elect
Vice Chairman, SUN Group Chairman, The Global Education & Leadership Foundation

Karen Reddington

Board Vice-Chair Elect
President, FedEx Express Europe and CEO, TNT

Asheesh Advani

Board Chair Elect
President & CEO, JA Worldwide

Ainar D. Aijala, Jr.

Emeritus Governor
Senior Advisor to Global CEO, Deloitte (retired)

Mayu Avila

People Development Committee Chair
Corporate Sustainability Regional Head (retired), HSBC Latin America

Maliz Beams

Emeritus Governor
CEO (retired), Voya Financial Retirement Systems

Partha Bose

Marketing Committee Chair
Vice President–Global External Affairs, Boeing

Michael Bray

Emeritus Governor
Partner, Grimaldi Studio Legale

Jim Carroll

Board Chair, JA USA
Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations, Honeywell International

Doug Charles

President of the Americas, Korn Ferry

David L. Cunningham, Jr.

President & Chief Executive Officer (retired), FedEx Express

Ralph de la Vega

President & CEO (retired), AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions

Michel De Wolf

Board Secretary
CPA, DGST & UCLouvain

Phil Evans

Development Committee Chair
Managing Director, Global Provider Strategy, BlackRock

Sheikha Hanadi Bint Nasser Bin Khaled Al Thani

Board Chair, INJAZ Al-Arab
Vice Chairman, NBK Holdings

Karen Hopkins

Global CMO, Partner, EY

Brad S. Karp

Chairman, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP

Vivian Lau

Vice Chair and Group CEO, Pacific Air Holdings Limited

Luciano Macagno

Board Chair, JA Americas
Managing Director, Latin America, Caribbean & South Florida, Delta Air Lines

Fiona Macaulay

Founder-CEO WILD; Professor at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business; Columnist

Fiona Macaulay

CEO, Avanade Management consulting company

Carlos Motta

Board Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Director, Inversiones Bahia

Charles Olumuyiwa Moyela

Board Chair, JA Africa
Strategic Communications Advisor

David Oskandy

Former General Counsel & Secretary, Avanade Inc.

Peter Njonjo

Co-Founder and CEO, Twiga Foods

Stephen O’Hearn

Audit Committee Chair
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers Gmbh WPG

P G Raghuraman

Board Chair, JA Asia Pacific
Managing Director, Chief Risk Officer for Growth Markets, Accenture

Gus Schmedlen

Learning Experiences Committee Co-Chair
President & Chief Revenue Officer, Xio Research, Inc.

Shannon Schuyler

Principal, Chief Purpose & Inclusion Officer, PwC

Steve Sear

President, International, and Executive Vice President, Global Sales, for Delta Air Lines

Claudia Slacik

Chief Banking Officer and Senior Vice President-Export Finance (retired), Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

Elena Tosheva

JA Alumni Honoris and former JA Alumni Europe President
Brand Marketing Manager, Google

Bhakti Vithalani

Learning Experiences Committee Co-Chair
Founder & CEO, BigSpring

Adam Warby

Board Chair, JA Europe
CEO Emeritus, Avanade

We Are JA: Staff Profiles

Meet some of the amazing individuals who bring JA to young people around the world.

Uroosa Ali

Assistant Manager, INJAZ Pakistan

Rhanda Alexander Alfred

Executive Director, JA Dominica

Lagrimas “Pinki” Lujan

Executive Director, JA Guam

Phetsile Bennet

Programs Manager, JA Eswatini

Aino Pleinar

Head of Education, JA Sweden

Silvia Novoa

National Director, JA Mexico

Fiona Captur

CEO, JA Malta

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