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Alfa Demmellash

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rising Tide Capital

Currently, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization that provides underserved entrepreneurs with the resources needed to grow successful businesses. The organization runs the Community Business Academy, an intensive business training course coupled with year-round coaching and mentorship. There are currently 968 graduates across northern New Jersey, with 459 currently in business. By building successful businesses, these entrepreneurs meet their families’ basic needs, create opportunities for social mobility and help transform their local communities. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2015). Member of various national and local boards, including: Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. Has appeared in leading media outlets, such as the Larry King Show, CNN, the Suze Orman show, O the Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Inc, BusinessWeek and Entrepreneur Magazine. Recipient of honours and awards, including: recognized by President Barack Obama; named a CNN Hero; named one of the Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Forbes.