Master of Ceremonies

Founder of Story Room

Ellen Fischat is the Founder of Story Room, a social enterprise that focuses on inclusive, digital and socio-economic impact program design and implementation.  She holds an Honour’s Degree in Social Work and Community Development and a number of small business and technology certificates.

She returned to South Africa, her place of birth, after a 23 year residency in Amsterdam. Ellen has set up various community initiatives based on inclusive entrepreneurship principles for marginalized groups.

She has led the program design and establishment of two ICT Incubators in Nelson Mandela Bay. Her skills have been sourced to design and manage Oribi Village, a social enterprise incubator in Cape Town. Ellen has long standing relationships with International development agencies, tertiary education institutions and innovation hubs.  She continues to design international innovation incubation programs in aerospace technologies, renewable energy, cleantech, agriculture, digital literacy and e-commerce development, with and for African communities.

Ellen has extensive experience in small business development, with a focus on social enterprises and technology. She mentors of technology start-ups and designs community outreach programs, that focus on personal development, digital literacy and increasing employability of marginalized young women through STEM initiatives.

Ellen is a frequently asked speaker, moderator and facilitator of panel discussions that focus on social innovation and corporate responsibility, gender equality and youth empowerment initiatives, on both national and global stages