Bio

Aurora Chisté

Aurora is an entrepreneur and regenerative fashion designer at Maakola.

From working with tech companies in Silicon Valley to artisan workshops in Ghana, Aurora has experienced the importance of shaping new economies through businesses that put a net positive future at their core.

Possessing over 15 years’ experience as a founder, advisor and consultant for a range of companies across the US, Europe and Africa, she is dedicated to exploring how businesses can be mission-driven while integrating circularity at the core of their processes.

In Maakola, Aurora has built a brand that reimagines fashion by exploring routes to decouple production from consumption. With regeneration at its core, Maakola uses nothing but the highest quality fabrics, and implements a data-driven approach to deliver fascinating, future-oriented fashion experiences.

As Creative Director at Maakola, Aurora explores the value created within each garment by delivering an aesthetic display of elements that tell the often-unseen story of our collective relationship with our fellow humans, the environment and the clothing we wear. In 2020, she co-founded WearMe30Times, the first digital tool to measure the lifespan of clothes.

Aurora’s career began in San Francisco, where she founded Hack for Big Choices, a non-profit to bridge the innovation gap, and was the fifth employee of tech-startup, Beintoo.

In Accra, Ghana, Aurora gained extensive fintech sector experience with BlueSpace and firmographic data trough, Orb Intelligence, as well as amassed renewable energy expertise at Ray Power Africa. Aurora also serves as Innovation Advisor at Impact Hub, New York.

In 2015, Aurora was recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.

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Highlights

 

– Founded Hack for Big Choices, a nonprofit that harnessed entrepreneurship to tackle issues hampering development (2012)

– Organized Africa’s biggest hackathon in Accra, Ghana (2015)

– Founded global fashion brand, Maakola (2015)

– Founded in Ghana the energy company Ray Power Africa (2018)

– Became a global shaper at the World Economic Forum (2015)

– Advisor to Impact Hub Accra and Impact Hub New York Metropolitan Area

– Designed two outfits for American Presidential Candidate, Tulsi Gabbard