Mpule Kwelagobe is Head of QuesS Capital’s Africa Investments based in Atlanta. From 2000-2010, Kwelagobe was CEO of the MPULE Foundation, a US$100 million Public Private Partnership Fund. She partnered with African governments, Bristol Myers Squibb, Merck, the United Nations, Harvard AIDS Institute & European governments to improve health systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2010, Kwelagobe founded the Institute for Endogenous Development (IED), an independent policy advocacy think tank championing increased investment in agriculture, food security, nutrition, health and human development. In partnership with Global GAP, the IED launched the Declaration of Abu Dhabi – a common set of International Agricultural Best Practices for global food security.
Kwelagobe holds a degree in Political Economy from Columbia University, where she sits on the board of the Agriculture & Food Security Centre. She is a member of the International Board of Directors of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences and is a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow and Young Global Leader.
In 1999, Kwelagobe became the first African woman to be crowned Miss Universe.