Marie-José (JoJo) Bahnam is the Vice President of Advancement and Strategic Relations at XPRIZE. With over 15 years of experience in developing business strategy and leading teams in management consulting and education, Ms. Bahnam oversees fundraising, account management, strategic partnerships, Board relations, and XPRIZE’s Annual Visioneering Summit. Ms. Bahnam is also responsible for working with cross-functional teams to manage XPRIZE’s portfolio and deliver strategic projects across the organization.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Ms. Bahnam was a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting where she led projects ranging from strategy development to implementation for major clients in the technology, education, financial services and retail industries. At Deloitte Ms. Bahnam also led all efforts related to the firm’s relationship with Harvard University, programming to encourage greater diversity in the technology organization, and numerous education-focused initiatives. Leading up to her consulting career, Ms. Bahnam was a high school math teacher in Boston and a nonprofit leader at Citizen Schools, Inc., where she developed curriculum, trained teachers, built and nurtured partnerships with universities and high schools, and guided eighth-grade students and their families in Boston’s high-school selection process.
In her spare time, Ms. Bahnam advises leaders of education-focused nonprofit organizations on various business strategies. Ms. Bahnam holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Master of Education from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Art History from Boston University.