Josephine Goube is the CEO of Techfugees, a non-profit that is orchestrating the international tech community’s response to the needs of refugees. It works like an international network comprised of engineers, designers, social entrepreneurs, and NGOs all with one common goal — to find solutions for refugees using smart technology. Techfugees scope covers everything from a refugee’s first journey to their arrival and societal integration in their new country.
They are headquartered in London but have ‘local chapters’ or offices spanning the globe — Europe, Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East and North America and are active in 33 cities. Chapters allow the network to gather invaluable information regarding local tech ecosystems and create local events and content to distribute amongst the local community. It counts Unicef, Paypal, Microsoft, UN Women and the British Red Cross amongst its local partners.
Josephine is the very definition of a social entrepreneur. Before Techfugees she worked in partnerships and communications for Migreat, a one-stop shop for those looking to migrate to Europe, providing access to local knowledge, information on visas and channels to connect with other immigrants. After this venture, she worked as the co-directing manager at Roxanne Varza’s Girls in Tech, London from 2013 until 2016. She then undertook the role of COO at Techfugees before becoming an Evangelist for YBorder — the first European tech recruitment platform — for a few months which allowed her to interact with tech talent in Europe.
The extremely well-connected techie is also a member of Founders of the Future. She has bachelors and masters degrees from Sciences Po as well as a masters in urbanisation and development from the London School of Economics.