Helen Seifu, Spokesperson for People to People Aid Organization (P2P)

Helen Seifu, Spokesperson for People to People Aid Organization (P2P)

I am passionate about human rights and social justice issues. I have been working in the field of human rights with particular focus on women and children in African and now in Canada. I have keen interest in working with vulnerable and marginalized groups and had the opportunity to develop and manage programs aimed at protecting and promoting the rights and wellbeing of vulnerable children and women, including victims of gender-based violence.

Josiane Laure Modjom, CPA, CEO of Malia Indigo Corp ( Premier Plus Size Fashion Directory)

Josiane Laure Modjom, CPA, CEO of Malia Indigo Corp ( Premier Plus Size Fashion Directory)

I would say my biggest accomplishment is to move to Canada (Vancouver & Toronto) with no English and within four years completed the Chartered professional Accountant (CPA) program, created a corporation and built a strong network. Self-motivated, I believe anything is possible with motivation, confidence and good organization.

Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro, CEO/Cofounder, MyAfricanCorner.com, Founder, The Winning Circle 

Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro, CEO/Cofounder, MyAfricanCorner.com, Founder, The Winning Circle 

My first few months in Canada were a big influence. It was really important to me to remain rooted in my African culture while integrating into life in Canada. Over the years, I found myself seeking out unsuspecting strangers to get the contact information of their African service providers.
... My networking philosophy is contribute. We are family and we need each other. Don’t focus solely on what you can get out of a connection. 

Olivier Camara – Founder, Farafina Cosmetics

Olivier Camara – Founder, Farafina Cosmetics

I’m from Ivory Coast - former French colony – and I left my IT job in 2008 to study in Canada. After obtaining my MBA degree from Sherbooke University in Quebec, I moved to Toronto on Dec 25th 2009: Christmas day, to improve my English and find a job. After 9 months, I got a job at Dell Canada as a Sales Rep.

Rachael Senjule, Founder & Creative Director of LOVE LAKERI

Rachael Senjule, Founder & Creative Director of LOVE LAKERI

I am a Ugandan-Canadian designer living in Toronto, going back and forth from Toronto, Canada and Kampala, Uganda. From as early as I can remember, I have always had a love for working with my hands. Whether it was making clothes for my dolls, tinkering with electronics, or making creations out of scrap fabric...

Eriver Muwanguzi, Founder and CEO of Tofara

Eriver Muwanguzi, Founder and CEO of Tofara

I’ve had a life-long love affair with fashion and design, and in the last few years I’ve nursed a strong desire to showcase the best of Africa to the world. Tofara is a venture that allows me to express both passions. 
I want Tofara to be the go-to destination for high-end, African-inspired fashion that helps bring African design into mainstream Western culture.

Kafui Nadia Klussey, Founder of "Zanzinto - The Virtuous Woman"

Kafui Nadia Klussey, Founder of "Zanzinto - The Virtuous Woman"

The Entrepreneurial virus got me as a Teenager. I started my own business from middle school, between Ghana, Benin and Togo. I moved to US in 2009 as a “Humphrey Fellow”, through the Mid year carrier professional grant Program from US Department. I immigrated to Canada in 2011, and Working in a Financial Institutions. I am a License Insurance Advisor.
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“Let’s meet at the summit of the Mountain”. No one needs to remain at the bottom!
In other words “Let’s develop together”.

Diarra Bousso Niang, Founder & Owner, Bouswari

Diarra Bousso Niang, Founder & Owner, Bouswari

I am originally from Senegal where I grew up until I moved to France to pursue higher education in Paris. I finished my education and worked in management of fashion and luxury goods. I moved to Canada 7 years ago, in 2009. I spent 3 months in Montreal before moving to Toronto.

Chisom Okoye, Baker & Blogger

Chisom Okoye, Baker & Blogger

Growing up, my mum had a small neighbourhood bakery behind our house. I was a pretty introverted child and while my mates were ‘having fun,’ you would probably find me at home either moulding a figurine with clay, drawing or painting. This creativity translated into baking and cake decorating and I just happened to stick with it.

Debbie Donkor -Rites of Passage Facilitator and Youth networks outreach worker

Debbie Donkor -Rites of Passage Facilitator and Youth networks outreach worker

I am a daughter, sister, mother, employee and student. I am a Board member of an organization called PEACH, I volunteer for a movement called Zero Gun Violence Movement and I have a book club I organized out of my apartment building with female youth called the Urban Me Book Club.

Claire Holloway Wadhwani, Executive Director at Canada Africa Partnership Network

Claire Holloway Wadhwani, Executive Director at Canada Africa Partnership Network

I first got involved with the CAP Network (then CAP/AIDS) in 2003 when I had just completed graduate school. I was attracted to this new organisation because of its work with grassroots community based organisations and a commitment to the empowerment these local groups as development actors.

Khady Ndoye, Founder of LaPolyglotte

Khady Ndoye, Founder of LaPolyglotte

I’m the second generation of a French-Senegalese family that immigrated to France. I was born and raised in France. I have always been interested in discovering the world, not even my parents could hold me back from beginning my exploration during my university years. I believe that each of us is gifted in a certain way. Everyone on earth is here for a reason and our main mission is to figure out what that is. I have always had an inner passion to discover the world to see how people live in others cultures and countries.

Appiah Boateng, Lawyer

Appiah Boateng, Lawyer

My name is Appiah Boateng, I am a lawyer, practicing civil litigation in Toronto, Ontario. I am originally from Ghana West Africa, where I completed law school. When I moved to Canada, I vowed to complete my studies and ultimately practice law here. With desire, preparation, and hard work, I successfully completed the process and was called to the Ontario bar within 2 years after my commencement. I worked for a general practice firm in Toronto but currently, in the process of launching "Ashanti Law".

SINE, Excuse My French 416 Co-founder.

SINE, Excuse My French 416 Co-founder.

The first time I was brought to a Manyatta Network event was with a friend. I have exchanged interesting thoughts with a lot of individuals, and managed to promote my business to some people I would maybe not had the chance to get introduce to. I was also gladly surprised that some of them have heard about Excuse My French 416.

Kristel Germelus, O'Fem

Kristel Germelus, O'Fem

Je m’appelle Christelle Germelus, née en France à Paris d’origine Haïtienne.
En 2009, j’ai décidé de m’installer à Montréal pour poursuive mes études. Un choix que je ne regrette pas, une expérience de vie inoubliable!
Après l'obtention de mon BAC en Éducation à l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), j’ai travaillé dans un centre de femme en tant que coordinatrice des activités.

Zuwa Matondo - President & Founder, Gov-Enhance Africa

Zuwa Matondo - President & Founder, Gov-Enhance Africa

I've always considered myself as a person who doesn't like to be the same as everyone else or do the same thing(s) as everyone else. It's made for an exciting path in my life thus far. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, I left at 18 to pursue my tertiary education at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. After completing both my BA in Political Science and International Development and also my Law degree, I worked at top law firm in Toronto, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. After much deliberation I decided that the time was right for me to play my part in the progress of our continent through my passion for public policy and governance.

Yannick Lefang, Founder & CEO of KASI Insight Inc.|

Yannick Lefang, Founder & CEO of KASI Insight Inc.|

I am an engineer by training with over 10 years of experience in telecom, banking and entrepreneurship. I am a group manager with TD capital market risk management and I also run KASI Insight, a research and advisory company focusing on providing reliable data and actionable insights from Africa. 

Njeri Rionge: President and CEO of NRBC (Networks, Research Business Capital) Inc.

Njeri Rionge: President and CEO of NRBC (Networks, Research Business Capital) Inc.

Described as ‘One of East African's most successful serial entrepreneurs’, by Forbes. Njeri has over 2 decades of leadership experience working with both start-ups and large corporates. Njeri is the Founder of NRBC Inc, a business advisory and financial services firm for entrepreneurs and investors focused on African investment opportunities (www.nrbcinc.com). 

Tina Sweeney, Outreach and Partnerships Officer - CUSO INTERNATIONAL

Tina Sweeney, Outreach and Partnerships Officer - CUSO INTERNATIONAL

I was attending a diaspora partner event that Fana Mekonen, founder of Enheed.org. Enheed is an organization that provides a positive space for young Ethiopians to express their voice, exchange ideas and explore their roots. At this event I was seated beside Meryl Afrika who is a volunteer with Manyatta Network, and as we spoke about why we were attending and our work; we found common values I wanted to learn more about Manyatta’s Networking.
 

DISSIRAMA LAO: FOUNDER OF MANYATTA NETWORK AND CONSULTANT AT KPMG

DISSIRAMA LAO: FOUNDER OF MANYATTA NETWORK AND CONSULTANT AT KPMG

A bit about Dissirama.
Dissirama is a Senior Consultant at KPMG Advisory Services where she specializes in Financial Risk Management. With over 8 years of experience in Financial Services experience she has built an expertise in Corporate Governance and Risk Management. She is also the Leader of the Manyatta Network, a networking group which advocates for stronger relationships within the African Diaspora with over 700 subscribers in Toronto and 250 subscribers in Montreal.

Jibola Fagbamiye - Illustrator

Jibola Fagbamiye - Illustrator

My name is Jibola Fagbamiye and I've been an illustrator for as long as I can remember. I was born in Nigeria but I live in Toronto. Recently, I quit my job to start a social painting studio called Sip and Paint www.sipandpaint.ca   Sip and Paint is socializing with art and wine, and it’s something anyone can do with friends or family, it’s especially more fun if you have zero art skills.

Angelina Williams, Food Enthusiast, Socialite and Aspiring Sommelier

Angelina Williams, Food Enthusiast, Socialite and Aspiring Sommelier

Host of AfricanFashion Week Toronto, 2012-15 Chair of the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards and most recently named one of “Canada’s Top Black WomenTo Watch In 2015” by CIBWE, Angelina Williams is often captured in the style pages of The Globe and Mail and fashion blogs. This thirty-something Socialite, Toronto native of Caribbean heritage is a former Hotelier who is no stranger to the Toronto scene having managed some of the city’s top boutique hotels. She is also one of the few individuals invited by the LCBO to taste products before they hit store shelves.

Laba Menghistab, Founder of Embessa Weddings

Laba Menghistab, Founder of Embessa Weddings

 I created the African Wedding Show because I saw a big gap in services for this underserved market. As a wedding planner I know how important it is for brides to have the wedding they always dreamed of, but and unfortunately for our community, it is still very challenging to find products, like traditional gowns and décor, because many of them are sourced directly from Africa.

Sionfongo Kone, IT Consultant, Entepreneur‏

Sionfongo Kone, IT Consultant, Entepreneur‏

 I am a practical man, and I am a computer scientist at first and then an entrepreneur. To put this in caricatured way, the Business Intelligence is to develop computer tools for decision makers and business leaders.Unpretentiously, I try to unite the maximum of specialists together so that we could prosper some common ideas that can benefit everyone in near future.

Julia Katsivo

Julia Katsivo

Julia Katsivo is a heart centered entrepreneur committed to helping people raise and meet their personal and professional standards for greater productivity and personal fulfillment. She does this through her coaching programs, workshops, a conference she founded, writings and speaking engagements.

Veronica Nnensa, Kuwala

Veronica Nnensa, Kuwala

Kuwala is an online boutique that curates unique and exclusive pieces from socially responsible fashion brands. Launched by friends and business partners, Freeda and Veronica, Kuwala’s aim is to make beautifully handcrafted pieces from talented fashion designers and ethical women’s cooperatives easily accessible to fashion conscious consumers.

Bryan Birch - Chef at Windup Restaurant

Bryan Birch - Chef at Windup Restaurant

I’ve been working as a chef internationally for the past 14 years in Bermuda, NYC, Montreal and Toronto. I was born in Trinidad, and raised in Toronto and developed a passion for food from my family and out of appreciation for the rich diversity that the Caribbean holds.

Olutoyin Oyelade - Founding Partner/CEO at InVcap

Olutoyin Oyelade - Founding Partner/CEO at InVcap

I  founded Casa Foundation in 2011 after a successful stint in Investment Banking in Nigeria and with the support of my husband. My last role was Group Treasurer of one of the largest African Banking groups. While in the Banking practice, I had always been involved in charity groups and I believed more could be done for the African entreprenuer, mother, and children  from my Canadian base

Kelly Johnson, Registered Veterinary Technician

Kelly Johnson, Registered Veterinary Technician

The Olive Branch for Children began as an organization helping orphans in Tanzania, Africa who suffer from HIV or AIDS, and those whose parents have died or suffer from these diseases.

In 2005, Deborah McCracken made the life altering decision to stay on in Mbeya, Tanzania after a volunteer expedition. Her time now is spent managing and introducing many successful programs to the Mbeya rural communities. Deborah also acts as the head of the Zion Home where she and her husband live with 30 orphaned children. The Peace Home is the second home for vulnerable children that houses 15 children, and is run by their Home Base Care Coordinator Edina Chungu. Today, the organization continues to support those children, and has begun other development projects including: financing and opening a permanent medical clinic in 2008;

Nadine Peazer, Project Management Professional

Nadine Peazer, Project Management Professional

As an exploratory and creative Project Management Professional, I have over 14 years of experience working with youth, artists and social entrepreneurs.  Specializing in the design, implementation and execution of projects with a social agenda, I believe in nurturing the well being of the communities we serve, whether that is in a non-profit, public or private sector role.

Del Miller

Del Miller

At my most basic level I’m still a rural Jamaican country boy chasing my dreams. I’m a romantic in the sense that I still do believe in ideals like true deep heart felt love, life happiness and that dreams can and still do materialize, what we dream can become reality. However I’m not naive enough not to realize that in this life you will have to fight for your dreams and sometimes in the pursuit of love and happiness you heart will be broken. My faith in God keeps me going, and my point of view of this world is such that whatever happens to me “good” or “bad”, I still win – there will be something good I can learn or take away from the experience. That’s who I am as person.

Chevon Smalling

Chevon Smalling

Finance was always the biggest struggle in my home growing up. I had a single mother raising two boys trying to accomplish things that seems bigger than her. I grew up in Jamaica with not much knowledge about finance and it became one of our biggest nightmares. It appeared money was truly essential to sustain life and we didn’t have enough of it.

Eden Hagos, Founder of blackfoodie.co

Eden Hagos, Founder of blackfoodie.co

If there is one thing that has remained a constant in my life, it has been my unwillingness to accept the status quo. Growing up, I watched as my family opened one of the first Ethiopian Restaurants in Windsor. In a time when African food had not hit the western scene, they had the drive and foresight to create a new opportunity. This fostered not only my interest in entrepreneurship and desire to challenge the status quo but also my love of food!

Mohamed Shuriye

Mohamed Shuriye

Mohamed Shuriye is a passionate community activist and city builder. In his day job, Mohamed works at the City of Toronto, leading employee engagement with the United Way and staff charitable giving as the United Way Campaign Manager. He has led a fundraising campaign raising over $2.8 million to support the work of United Way’s 200 community agencies. In his volunteer time, he has helped to establish TTCRiders, a transit advocacy group lobbying for better public transit and currently serves on the board of Positive Change, a Somali-Canadian advocacy group working to eliminate youth violence. In his spare time, Mohamed enjoys escaping Toronto on hikes, cheering on the Raptors, and spending time with his family and friends over shaax & sheeko (tea & conversation).

Javon Findlator, Banker, Entrepreneur and Community Leader

Javon Findlator, Banker, Entrepreneur and Community Leader

Javon is currently a Product Manager in the Aeroplan Credit Card Group at TD Bank. Javon began his career with TD Canada Trust, six years ago as a part-time Teller and after gaining exposure to financial services, he made a personal commitment to advance within the organization and serve as a role model for those around him. Javon has worked in a variety of roles in the bank including, Financial Advisor, Project Analyst (Project Management), Management Associate and Manager, Social Media.In addition to his full time pursuits at the bank, Javon has an entrepreneurial spirit and launched his own company, The Daring Collective ( www.daringcollective.com)  in November 2014. The Daring Collective is a clothing company that specializes in men’s accessories for the modern day gentleman providing a robust collection of lapel flowers, pocket squares, ties and more.

Jemila Jackson, Counsellor, Facilitator, Consultant

Jemila Jackson, Counsellor, Facilitator, Consultant

I’m a Social Worker by day, holding a Masters in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in Psychology. Everything that I invest my time in has to do with hope, change and transformation. From my counselling practice – Freedom Counselling & Psychotherapy Services in Pickering Ontario; to raising money for Sickle Cell Disease through the Ujima Sickle Cell Patient Emergency Fund.
I also do consultant work with Psychological companies as well as community organizations. By night, I love to write- I feature inspirational people and stories on my blog JemJackson.com.

Olaide Durodola, Photographer

Olaide Durodola, Photographer

I am an old school photographer, meaning I shoot with my heart. As an immigrant in Canada I realize that very few of the Canadian photographers, understand the dynamics of the African culture, thus I began the full journey to capture and memorize our culture in images . Creating memories that are timeless and yet reflect your story as seen through my lens, but captured in my heart.  Oh yes, I shoot from my heart rather than just using all the photography techniques, I am always looking for that sometimes tiny living and loving moment which no one sees. 

Moses Mutabaruka, Founder/Managing Director Tap Magazine

Moses Mutabaruka, Founder/Managing Director Tap Magazine

My name is Moses Mutabaruka. I was born in Rwanda but grew up in Nairobi Kenya before immigrating to Canada. I’m the Founder and Managing Director of The African Perspective Magazine. TAP’s mission is to correctly portray & communicate the African story; uncensored, unbiased and from a balanced perspective. A platform that has received over 1.6 million views over the past three years. In general, I love life and Africa and I’m passionate about social entrepreneurship and the youth.

Komi Olaf, Artist

Komi Olaf, Artist

My full name is Komi-Oluwa, which means “teach me o lord” in Yoruba. I was born in Kaduna, Nigeria to very creative parents who steeped my siblings and I in art and culture from a young age. I went to a boarding school in Nigeria for my secondary education where I remember sneaking out of class to go and stare at a drawing one of the other students had hanging by his locker. I had never seen such a beautiful drawing before, and always hoped that one day I will be able to produce art that will be able to spark an emotion in the viewer.

Carleen Dehaney, Founder and Image Consultant, AccountableStyle

Carleen Dehaney, Founder and Image Consultant, AccountableStyle

I am both a logical and creative person and I have found a great balance between having a career and a passion. I have worked in finance for many years, starting in accounting firms, and later managing the financial functions of several other organizations. While a career in accounting is rewarding, I am also lucky enough to have found my passion in Image Consulting. 

Hany Fayez, CPA, CMA, Partner – HF Accounting and Taxes

Hany Fayez, CPA, CMA, Partner – HF Accounting and Taxes

At HF Accounting & Taxes we understand the needs of your business. Our mission is to help you make wise decisions concerning accounting, restructuring, acquisitions and other financial matters. As a full service firm, our clients count on us to meet their needs and help manage their operations. Whether assistance is required to facilitate incorporation, find the right bookkeeper or, choose the right accounting software, HF Accounting & Taxes provides our clients with the services they expect to ensure their continued growth and success.

Imanzi Kayitare, Co-Founder/President – Canadian Association of Rwandan Youth Toronto(CARY)

Imanzi Kayitare, Co-Founder/President – Canadian Association of Rwandan Youth Toronto(CARY)

My name is Imanzi Kayitare and I’m Rwandan/Canadian; born and raised in Toronto, with a deep connection and appreciation for my two homelands. Professionally, I work as an Economic Advisor for the Government of Canada (Employment and Social Development Canada); while socially I’m involved in local and regional community building initiatives that advance the socio-economic potential and advancement of Rwandan/East African diaspora youth in Toronto.

Victor Beausoleil, Co-founder of Redemption Reintegration Services (RRS)

Victor Beausoleil, Co-founder of Redemption Reintegration Services (RRS)

Victor Beausoleil is one of the co-founders of Redemption Reintegration Services (RRS). He has been working with equity-seeking organizations for the past 10 years, and, through his work, identified a gap in programs and services dedicated to youth offenders. We will be speaking about RRS’ impact in our community at the Manyatta Cares Event.

Noella Ingabire - Sales Representative, Realtor Remax Condo

Noella Ingabire - Sales Representative, Realtor Remax Condo

What I like most about my job is the satisfaction on my client’s face when we finally find the perfect place for them to call home for years to come. I like being self employed and setting my own hours and the challenges and rewards it brings.

Tiffany Ford - Entrepreneur, Ford Global Group

Tiffany Ford - Entrepreneur, Ford Global Group

Pepeyee Communications is a mobile VoIP (Voice over IP) integrated telecom service provider. We arean African and Caribbean own telecom company and understand the importance of having cost-efficient and quality long distance calling services across the diasporas. Our long distance rates are the lowest in Canada compared with many other telecom service providers. We have various options such as online, mobile applications and calling cards. We also have free calling between Pepeyee users on our mobile applications.

Adams Soulaimane & Marianne Diene, Regional Vice Presidents

Adams Soulaimane & Marianne Diene, Regional Vice Presidents

We believe that receiving knowledge, advices and guidance from others is the key to grow as a person and as business person and the goal is sharing with others our experience to empower them.

Our career in finance is very exiting since we are living in a time where people are questioning the way that banks and big financial companies handle our Money and take advantage of our lack of knowledge.

Christine Mugo, Study Lead Monitor

Christine Mugo, Study Lead Monitor

I work in clinical drug trials for a major global pharmaceutical company. As you all probably know, several years of intensive clinical research is conducted to get that medication you just picked up at your local pharmacy.

Victor Beausoleil, Co-founder of Redemption Reintegration Services (RRS).

Victor Beausoleil, Co-founder of Redemption Reintegration Services (RRS).

Victor Beausoleil is one of the co-founders of Redemption Reintegration Services (RRS). He has been working with equity-seeking organizations for the past 10 years, and, through his work, identified a gap in programs and services dedicated to youth offenders. We will be speaking about RRS’ impact in our community at the Manyatta Cares Event.

Victor Beausoleil was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Victor is a husband and father of four brilliant children. Victor is a community organizer, facilitator and lecturer on youth engagement, educational attainment and community development and has worked and volunteered in the broader equity seeking communities across Ontario for the past ten years.

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Creative Director

Sume Ndumbe-Eyoh, Creative Director

I am 1/3 of Eloli, a fashion brand that I run with my sisters Dibo and Fese. Eloli means it is beautiful. When my sisters and I decided to start Eloli last year we wanted a name that represented how we would like our girl or guy to feel in an Eloli piece – beautiful and special.
Eloli is about a vibrant modernity that draws heavily from markers of everyday African life. As designers the most important thing is creating pieces which are authentic to our point of view and which ultimately add a little beauty and smile to those who wear our pieces. We are also committed to growing our business in an accountable and ethical way.

Mariam Sambe, Educator and Youth Worker

Mariam Sambe, Educator and Youth Worker

When I was a child I attended several different schools because my parents travelled a lot. I quickly noticed that the schools in which I was the happiest were the ones in which I succeeded the most. The education I got from these schools was different from the type of education you get from the ‘mass education system’. We had motivated and experienced teachers, interesting courses, an abundance of materials, and a varied student body. Unfortunately, these types of schools come with a cost....

Vanessa Sindayihebura, Compliance Analyst, Business Immigration

Vanessa Sindayihebura, Compliance Analyst, Business Immigration

I work within the Immigration Group of Pace Law Firm and my occupation consist of analyzing cases of high-net-worth individuals who desire to immigrate to Canada through the diverse Immigrant Investor Programs. I work with them from the early stages of gathering all of the necessary supporting documentation and proof pertaining to their assets, to analyzing and comparing the information provided against government rules and qualifying criteria, to meeting them wherever the final interview takes place.

Ken Green, Chartered Accountant and Partner

Ken Green, Chartered Accountant and Partner

As a Chartered Accountant licensed with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario, I provide professional accounting and advisory services focused on small businesses – startups, established businesses, self-employed professionals, charities and Not-For-Profit organizations. Services I provide include tax planning; audit and assurance; bookkeeping and business advisory services.  At our firm, a big part of our practice is tax planning as we help our clients structure their affairs in a tax efficient manner to ensure that they are paying no more than they need to pay in taxes.

Amadou Wane, Manager, Credit Risk Strategy

Amadou Wane, Manager, Credit Risk Strategy

I really enjoy the work as it is intellectually stimulating. An added bonus is that my work focuses on the US and Caribbean markets these days. I get to work on leading edge projects. It’s very satisfying to know that our work helps ease and speed credit decisions with prudence for the benefit of the clients and the bank.

I really enjoy the work as it is intellectually stimulating. An added bonus is that my work focuses on the US and Caribbean markets these days. I get to work on leading edge projects. It’s very satisfying to know that our work helps ease and speed credit decisions with prudence for the benefit of the clients and the bank.

Daye Kaba, Partner

Daye Kaba, Partner

I think if I had a piece of advice it would be to be consistent in your efforts and perseverant. My field, as is the case for many others, is competitive. In my view, it is important to persevere through the ups and downs even when you are not yet seeing the fruits of your efforts.

Abdoulaye Diop, Translator, Localization and Globalization Consultant

Abdoulaye Diop, Translator, Localization and Globalization Consultant

No human being can live and thrive without others. Therefore, I see networking as something natural and very enriching, from personal and business perspectives. Networking enables me to meet, interact, learn about and share ideas with people from very diverse geographic, cultural, social, educational, professional and religious backgrounds...

Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta, Change Management and High Performance Consultant, Coach & Speaker

Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta, Change Management and High Performance Consultant, Coach & Speaker

The best advice I ever received came in the form of a personal experience. I got laid off on my first job out of university as a result of mass redundancy and that taught me to take control of my career. Not HR, not my manager, not the company I work for, but me taking control of my career, my development, where I want to go, as well as putting strong trust and reliance in God and myself.

Abu Maiyaki, Founder and CEO

Abu Maiyaki, Founder and CEO

I believe life is about passion and purpose. You have to wake up every morning with the belief that you have important work to do and dedicate yourself to that work. For me that progressively became lost in the corporate environment. I no longer sought a career but a path to my purpose through entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship is certainly a journey and not for the faint of heart. It can be a lonely, unrewarding journey with long grueling hours. My initial personal challenge was structure and isolation. Working 10-14hr/ days on average, 7 days a week and suffering from pretty bad insomnia, I required a schedule that would have me efficient and effective. I had tremendous help here from a life coach (yes, they do work).