16 November 2023

Alina Truhina, From Refugee to Global Citizen

2012 alumna from the Geneva Graduate Institute's Master in International Affairs, Alina Truhina is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Founders Factory Africa (FFA), a hands-on investor with a portfolio of over 50 startups. As an integral part of the FFA senior leadership team, she has travelled the globe, helping corporates understand the potential of Africa’s startup sector and how they can aid in unlocking that potential. 

Born and initially raised in Riga, Latvia, Alina became a refugee upon the collapse of the Soviet Union when her family fled to Australia. Her childhood "helped inform a career path that took her from corporate media to the World Bank before she decided to take a plunge into the world of startups, culminating in the co-founding of FFA." Her resilience in the face of adversity allowed her to move from corporate media to entrepreneurship before finally becoming the influential founder of Founders Factory Africa.


Read about her journey