Alpha Amadou Diallo

Aminata Bah

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Alpha Amadou Diallo came from Guinea, and grew up in the Bronx where he attended the High School of World Cultures. Alpha has a Master’s of Arts degree in Sustainable Economic Development at SIT Graduate Institute with a concentration in Development Management. He has previously worked for an Immigration Attorney, a Civil Litigation Law Firm and most recently for JP Morgan Chase. Alpha speaks Fulani, French, Spanish, and English.

Victoria Ogundipe

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Victoria Ogundipe was born in Nigeria. She is a Senior at Bard College of Simon’s Rock, with a focus in Political Science. Victoria has won many awards and scholarships in recognition of her leadership qualities and great potential. She is the Founder of Africa&Us, an organization that host yearly roundtables and discussion on ways to improve West Africa. Victoria speaks Yoruba and English.

Koku L. Afeto

Koku L. Afeto was born in Togo. He received his primary education at Lyceum Kennedy in New York, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Dowling College. Koku has most recently worked at the Permanent Mission of Togo for the United Nations as an office manager. He worked as an administrative assistance at the United Aid for African Foundation and is currently self-employed as a freelance interpreter. Koku speaks Ewe, French and English. 

Christian Damiba

Christian Damiba came from Burkina Faso. He holds an MBA from Adelphi University. Christian is the Director of the NYC Business Solutions, Upper Manhattan and Washington Heights Centers, which are managed by Harlem Commonwealth Council. He brings over 15 years’ experience as a business development, project, program and portfolio management as well as technology management leadership to the role. He has held business development and program management positions at firms such as the International Institute for Learning, Educate Online, AXA, and J.P. Morgan Chase. Christian is a Project management Professional (PMP) and a Six Sigma green Belt Certified.

Shanel Gray 

Shanel Gray is a rising senior at Dewitt Clinton High school in Bronx, NY. She was born and raised in Jamaica, immigrating to U.S.A at the tender age of 5.  Her interests includes music and film studies. She is the president of Dewitt Clinton High School Film Club and has directed and created a music video. She has also produced a short narrative and now, is the co-director for a short web series film. One of her future aspirations is to highlight and promote diversity by showcasing the similarities between people of different backgrounds. She is also interested in the educational reform of New York City schools to create a learning environment where children and teens enjoy school.

Aminata Bah was born in the Congo and raised in Guinea. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Brooklyn College. Aminata is a Certified Public Accountant, currently working at Ernst and Young in New York City as a senior auditor. Prior to joining in Ernst and Young, she worked as a staff accountant at EisnerAmper. Aminata is a visionary and hopes to someday return home to help the economic development of the country.

Fatoumata Diallo

Fatoumata Diallo grew up in Guinea. She is currently a BA/MA candidate in Accounting at Long-Island University – Brooklyn Campus. Fatoumata is part of many community organizations, a group leader and role model to various women organization. She most recently interned with the Treasury Division at the New York Department of Finance.

Sharon Cromwell

Sharon Cromwell was born in Zimbabwe and is half Trinidadian. She was raised in Toronto, Canada and has been living in New York City for nearly five years. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts honor’s degree from McGill University in International Development, Economics and International Relations with a regional focus on Africa. Sharon is a Policy Analyst at a multi-state progressive labor union that represents and organizes low-wage workers. She is also an economic and racial justice activist.

Lawrence Blaber, Jr.

Lawrence Blaber Jr. came to the United States from Ghana at a very early age. He has a Master’s of Arts degree in Business Administration, wish a specialization in International Business from Niagara University. Lawrence has most recently worked as a Small Business Program Manager at Hope Coalition America. He is an avid political junkie and very passionate about economic policies. Lawrence is also a big fan of futball and rugby. He plays rugby, writes for a rugby website and coaches a youth team.

Abdulai Bah

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Abdulai Bah came from Sierra Leone, speaks five languages (English, Krio, French, Fulani and Susu). He has a long career with community radio and organizing. He is currently an Associate Producer with Aljazeera America. Until recently, Abdulai was a Program Associate at CNPI, with the People’s Producation House and is a member of Nah We Yone (“It Belongs to US), a non-profit organization that provides assistance to immigrants from Africa and elsewhere.

Dotse Gbegnedji

Dotse Gbegnedji was born in Togo. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at City College of New York. Dotse has a wealth of experience in designing and maintaining websites, and has interned with IT firms. He speaks Ewe, French, English and some German.

Rabiyatou Valiant

Rabiyatou Valian was born in Ivory Coast and raised in Burkina-Faso. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in in International Studies and Political Science at City College of New York. Rabiyatou has great interest in Humanitarian Aid and Community Development, and is currently working with International Organization for Migration. She is also an active member of Speak Up Speak Out, a non-profit organization that empowers victims of domestic violence. Raby speakers Dioula, Moore, French and English.

Yacoub Soumahoro

Yacoub Soumahoro was born in Geneva, Switzerland of Ivorian parents where his father worked as a Diplomat for the United Nations. He has lived in New York since the age of four years and graduated from Pace University with a dual degree in International Business and Finance. Yacoub is currently a Senior Consulting in the Financial Services Risk Management Practice at Ernst & Young LLP. He has previously held positions at Deutsche Bank and the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC). Yacoub is fluent in English and French.

Sara Altagracia

Sara Altagracia was born in the Dominican Republic and grew up in New York. She has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Hofstra University and a Master’s in Marketing from Fordham University. Sara has worked 10 years in the banking sector as an underwriter and has been working as a financial counselor for a non-profit organization. She is committed to community development and is volunteer-teacher of English as a Second Language. Sara speaks Spanish and English.