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Renew Capital’s Summer Fellow Biniam Early's Journey from Los Angeles to Kigali

By Margaret Mandeya | Tue Aug 29 2023
Bridging Continents and Cultures
Biniam Early, a son of a Renew Capital Angels network member is an undergraduate student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. With a passion for information systems and business analytics, Biniam took on a fellowship with Renew Capital in Kigali, Rwanda as part of his journey of exploration and curiosity. He shares his experiences about the recent fellowship in Africa and his perspectives on cultural immersion.
Q. Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born in Ethiopia and was adopted in 2008. Since then, I have been living near Boston, Massachusetts. Currently, I am studying at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. My major is Information Systems and Business Analytics, which is similar to data analytics but has a strong business focus.
Q. Why did you choose to do your fellowship in Africa?
I wanted to immerse myself in the local lifestyle, rather than just vacationing. I visit Africa every other year, having been to Ethiopia and Tanzania. This time, I wanted to experience something different. I believe in Renew Capital's mission to change the way the world engages Africa - from a place of giving to one of investing.  I believe it's important for people in the U.S. to understand that despite some differences, we are all similar in many ways. 
Q. How has your experience been?
I'm currently in Rwanda for the first time and it's been an interesting experience. Rwanda has a rich history and learning about it has helped me understand how to adapt to different cultures in other places I visit. Overall, my biggest takeaway from this journey has been the importance of community and understanding different perspectives.
Q. What is the biggest takeaway from your fellowship? 
I believe that data analytics is a crucial bridge between business and technology. Being a part of a team that prioritizes the use of data analytics has been an exciting experience for me. I have noticed significant growth in this area within a short amount of time, and it is something I value deeply because of my education and life experience. The significance of analytics data cannot be overstated and it has reignited my passion for this field. 
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