Liz Kakooza

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Liz Kakooza


Founder & Team Lead, MindLab Africa


Liz is a communications and policy professional and outspoken mental health advocate who uses her lived experience to create mental health awareness. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and serves as an Advisory Council member and she represents Africa

& MENA. She also collaborates with the Forum’s Global Future Councils in the mental health space. She is the founder of MindLab a mental health startup whose goal is to democratise mental health care and support through awareness, advocacy and access.  She holds a BA in Communications is an Affiliate Chartered Marketer (ACIM), a YALI fellow (2017), MWF 2019 Arizona State University where she pursued Leadership in Public Management.  She has received training in mental health first aid through different institutions, worked on policy and has facilitated workshops in mental health e.g.with Orygen Australia, among others. Through MindLab and other platforms, she continues to consult on mental health programming and policy and is a mental health educator.

She is an inaugural YELP fellow, class of 2017 and is now on the ExCo as VP Annual YELP Summit.

YELP Experience

The YELP fellowship has reinforced my commitment to improving my community through the work that I do. It has made me understand that I can remain socially conscious even through the different sectors and fields that I work in.

The fellowship has made me understand that I do not have to be a saint to create change in the spaces that I work with. Sharing this journey with other young inspirational leaders has been a tremendous honor. From them I have learnt so much and continue to learn and with whom I hope to work with one day.

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