Dr. A Gbakima
?? Dr. Gbakima, the Vice Chancellor of University of Sierra Leone received a BA in Biology at Elon College, MSPH and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel and a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University. He was one of the Founding Teachers of the Sewafe Secondary School in Jaiama Sewafe, then called the "Torto Memorial Secondary School." He lectured and conducted Medical Research at Njala University College from 1984 to 1995, where he rose from lecturer to Associate Professor. From 1991-1993, he was a senior Fulbright Research Fellow at the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health. He also conducted Medical Research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and teaches microbiology at Morgan State University as well. His accaleades include Editor-In-Chief, African Journal of Environmental Assessment and Management (AJEAM), Peer Review Scientist for the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (AJTMH), Board Member, International Society of African Scientists (ISAS), Board Member, Sub-Saharan Relief Fund (SSRF), Founding Council Member, Federation of African Immunological Societies (FAIS), Board Member, National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA). Administration Council Member, Mount Washington United Methodist Church, Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr. P Beckley
?? Mr. Beckley has served in approximately 29 African countries in various capacities, either on mission or as stations. He has field experiences on poverty alleviation strategies in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the United states. Most of the projects and programs he has worked on in Africa have centered on building capacity at the local and community levels, developing micro-finance mechanisms for housing delivery, and house and community infrastructure development through self and community efforts. His work in strengthening the capacities of community based organizations has involved the research and implementation of best practice that have worked; introducing municipal officials to these best practices and providing training in the key concepts and basic approaches of successful interventions. He also has substantial real estate appraisal, development and management experience. He obtained an advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Planning and Building, at IHS- Rotterdam the Netherlands, and a B.Sc (Honors.) in Estate Management, at the University of Nigeria.
Ms. A Fitzjohn Broderick
Ms. Fitzjohn Broderick, an Africanist by training, has been a diplomat and an educator in her professional life. Amelia served the U.S. Foreign Service for almost 25 years, with a specialty in Public Diplomacy. In this capacity, she was assigned to seven overseas missions in Africa and Latin America: as Charge d’Affaires, Public Affairs Director and Cultural Attaché. She was also assigned to three Washington assignments as a counselor and trainer of new diplomats and also as an officer responsible for promoting the American artistic tradition overseas. For her performance, she received meritorious honor and superior performance awards; she was also presented the Chevalier de l’Ordre Nationale of President Houphouet-Boigny of Cote d’Ivoire for her initiatives in higher education. Amelia also has eight years academic teaching experience in literary and cultural studies at colleges in Washington DC, Maryland, California, and Sierra Leone. In recent years Amelia launched the House of VANyAH, a gallery which aims to enhance public appreciation of the contemporary creative spirit from the continent, especially through crafts and home furnishings created by African women.
President/Technology Program Director
As the President and Technology Director of Sierra Visions Inc., Ms. Davis is actively involved in creating positive and social change in her community – West Africa and the Diaspora. She has spearheaded several educational, telecommunications, and capacity building initiatives such as the formation of the Sierra Leone Chapter of Internet Society (ISOC.SL) of which she is the Interim Chair, the TR'SURE Training program which Reverses the Brain Drain in Sierra Leone, etc. Ms. Davis has several years of public and private sector experience, mostly spent as a Managing Consultant and Senior IT Specialist at leading edge firms including IBM, PwC, SAIC, Neustar Inc., and UBA. She has over 15 years of experience in programme management, information technology and strategy, and international development. Her areas of expertise include development of interactive data-driven web and database applications, training, and systems design and development. In January 2008, Ms. Davis was voted one of the Top 40 Under 40 women entrepreneurs by NIPro, an international Nigerian Diaspora Organization. She earned a Master of Science in Information and Telecommunications Systems from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science, cum laude in Computer and Information Science from University of Maryland.
Ms. Macaulay has several years of experience as an International Relations Consultant. She focuses primarily on government contracts and has worked on financial and statistical analysis, conducted international development audits, and performed several policy analyses for her clients. Mamesho's primary interests are international development and non profit management. She would currently like to focus on the development of Post-War Sierra Leone through her work with Sierra Visions, Inc. She has a B.A. degree in International Relations from Syracuse University and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Business Development/ youTh Program Director
Ms. V Remoe-Doherty, a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, is a young activist who's passionate about social justice in Africa. She is currently the Program Director of Sierra Visions' ThinkBuildChange Salone (TBCS) project which inspires Sierra Leoneans young and old, at home and abroad to participate in the rebirth of the nation. Her social development achievements include raising $5000 for S. Rokel Amputees, serving as a volunteer teacher at FAWE school for girls, and was awarded a personal grant from the Center for Peace & Global Citizenship to conduct research on USAID Ambassador Girls' Scholarship. She earned a BA in Political Science with focus on African politics, development theory and francophone literature, from Haverford College. She recently received a Citizen Media Outreach grant from Global Voices Online sponsored by Reuters, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.
Marketing and Communications/educaTion Program Director
Ms. Y Sisay is an accomplished teacher and educational consultant with accolades from the University of California Los Angeles, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and Inglewood Unified School District. Her mantra "I teach to revive the heart beat of a nation gone numb" is echoed throughout her classes and workshops. Dedicated to the development of Sierra Leone, Yeniva has served as Co-Founder and Director of Ujima For Africa Development, Inc as well as several committees and projects in Sierra Leone and through out the US. She is currently the Program Director of EXCEL (Education, eXcellence, Community, Empowerment, and Leadership) which is dedicated to the training of teachers in Sierra Leone and promoting literacy education .The trainings will offer educators up to date research and strategies in instruction, lesson plans, professional development, teacher care and the eradication of route learning. Ms. Sisay is a UCLA Writers Project Fellow and earned her B.A in African Studies from San Jose State University, Masters in Education from the University of Phoenix.