how ELISA began
ELISA began as a personal project for Elisabeth Pasalk Valerio. Her vision was to connect entrepreneurs and leaders in Africa, help them learn from each other and grow as innovators so their ideas would become viable and sustainable projects. The initiative features a range of offerings, including internships at facilities that Elisabeth and her husband, Danny, established in Zimbabwe at Gwango Wildlife Park. Gwango has also become a place where educators and researchers from all over the world come together to connect and learn from one another.
Elisabeth is a founder of ICPD – the International Center for Professional Development – a nonprofit organization in the United States that promotes career success in the STEM fields. One of the ICPD’s programs, Gallus, is a global member community of accomplished leaders who make an impact, connect, evolve and empower others in the fields of biotechnology, medtech technolgy and consumer healthcare.