Professional Bio

Shaina Silva is an award winning entrepreneur, ecosystem architect, and industry innovation strategist.

In her ten years of building innovation ecosystems in emerging markets across Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Shaina has worked alongside Government and Private sector to lead digital transformation across industries including Energy, Transportation, Healthcare, Food & Agriculture, Education, and Finance. She is currently the Director of Industry Accelerators at RocketSpace, where she designs and manages programs that drive corporate innovation for fortune 1000 companies, by having them collaborate with the world’s most disruptive startups. Passionate about leveraging media, culture and techonology to accelerate growth in developing economies, Shaïna founded  WOCO and the #SHE_BUILDS Global Initiative, two startups focused on driving social and economic impact in her native country Haiti.

Previously, Shaina served as the Portfolio Director at Generation Enterprise (GEN), an innovation hub based in Lagos, Nigeria, where she worked alongside the Nigerian Government, Google Africa, 1776, and Ford Foundation, on entrepreneurship development programs such as Ready Set Work, Aso Villa Demo Day, Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and the Africa Startup Academy. Earlier in her career, Shaina worked as a Strategy Consultant at Data Management Services International, in Washington DC, managing large scale government contracts focused on government innovation and cybersecurity.

Shaina is a graduate of Babson College, and an alumni of Draper University and Singularity University. She was selected as an Innovation Talent for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and continues to drive impact in emerging markets as an Executive member of Affiniti.VCIMISI3DFotokonbit, and Banj. In recognition of her work, service and accomplishments, she’s been awarded the Institute of Caribbean Studies’ “30 under 30, Emerging Leaders Award”, Babson College’s ‘Nan-Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference Award’, and is a proud recipient of ‘The Shelby Cullom Davis Entrepreneurship Prize’.