Emma Fofanah

Emma is an MBA graduate from The George Washington University School of Business with a concentration in international business and finance. Prior to school, she was a Sustainability Analyst at Calvert Investments, implementing Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) investment risk analysis and advocating for corporate social responsibility (CSR). In sum, her eight- -year professional background includes sustainable investing, sustainability risks assessment, research and analytics, project and product management, and client relationship management. As a native of Sierra Leone, Emma is passionate about contributing to the efforts on Sustainable economic growth and poverty alleviation in sub- -Saharan Africa, particularly with fragile Sates. In the past two years, Emma has lived and worked in five African countries and accumulated valuable work experiences in private sector development , small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) lending and advisory services, and access to finance. During her MBA program, she served with the Tony Elumelu Foundation as one of the selected candidates of the African Markets Internship Program (AMIP). Emma also worked at infoDev, World Bank Group. After graduating with her MBA, she commenced her LDI Africa fellowship at Convergence Partners in Johannesburg, SA. Currently, Emma is serving as a consultant on a market development program in Sierra Leone.



Shaina Silva

Shaina Silva is a social enterprise leader with over 8 years of experience in impact investing, strategic partnerships and enterprise technology. She has dedicated her career towards creating pathways to opportunities in the word’s emerging markets. She currently serves as the Business Development Manager of Emerging Markets at DMS International, a Washington D.C based Management and IT consulting firm that is a leading implementation service provider for several U.S. Government agencies. Shaina co-founded ‘Haiti in Transition (H.i.T)’, a non-profit organization investing and developing the leadership potentials of youth from the underserved communities. Over the years, H.i.T has been able to invest, train and support over 500 Haitian youth. As a young global business leader, Shaina has traveled to over 25 countries, and has worked in 7, including Cameroon, Congo, Morocco, Tunisia, India, Haiti and France. Shaina earned her bachelor’s degree in International Business from Babson College, Massachusetts, and studied Sustainable Development at the Universidad Latino Americana de Ciencia y Tecnologia in Costa Rica. Shaina serves on the Board of the “Caribbean Youth Summits”, the “National Association of Haitian Professionals”, and the “Toussaint Louverture Historical Society”. She’s been awarded the ‘Nan-Langowitz Women Who Make a Difference’, and is a proud recipient of ‘The Shelby Cullom Davis Entrepreneurship Prize’. She is a 2015 LDI Fellow with Generation Enterprises in Lagos, Nigeria.


John-Ubong Silas

John-Ubong Silas is a leading human capital expert with specialization in international education and partnership development. He currently serves as the Chief Relationship Officer at JUS Consulting, a consulting company serving educational institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits in the United States and Africa. At JUS Consulting, John-Ubong focuses on partnership development, program design and implementation, and strategic communication.  John-Ubong combines 10 years of experience in the US higher education system and international development. His work experience spans positions in leading American think tanks, United States Congress, U.S. federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, and universities. Most recently, John-Ubong consulted for Olashore International School in Osun State Nigeria, a top Nigerian historical secondary school. He led the implementation of the institution’s global leadership curriculum, trained administrators on leadership development, and designed the school’s social responsibility strategy for Nigerian corporations such as MTN and GT bank.  John-Ubong Silas holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida and a M.A. in Public Communication with a concentration in Strategic Marketing from American University, Washington DC. He splits his time between Lagos and Washington DC.



Rachael Tachie Menson

Rachael Tachie Menson has spent the last 5 years at Yahoo, Inc. in the Silicon Valley, California. She has mainly focused on driving cross- -functional initiatives that enable innovative capabilities across the enterprise to improve the business. Key spaces Rachael has operated in include software development, data analytics, v endor management, project and program management, and product portfolio management. Prior to her professional career at Yahoo, Rachael studied Science, Technology and Society with a concentration in Computer Science at Stanford. During her time there, she interned with Amazon.com in Seattle, Washington for two summers. As a native of Ghana, Rachael is passionate about leveraging her experiences and skills in making meaningful contributions via the technology ecosystem in Sub- -Saharan Africa. She is particularly focused on entrepreneurship and small business efforts as a means of poverty alleviation. To that end, over the past year, Rachael joined the core team at Passion Incubator in Lagos, Nigeria in a Business Development capacity, with the hopes of creating high growth and revenue potential business opportunities for youth in West Africa. She has also led efforts to organize and deliver the first Lean Startup Machine workshop in Accra, Ghana, enabling entrepreneurs with concepts and tools to validate business propositions before investing time and funds in them. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys running; she has ran 2 half marathons to raise money for leukemia and lymphoma research. She also enjoy painting. Rachael will be joining Jumia in Lagos, Nigeria as part of the LDI Africa Fellowship cohort for 2014



Khaliah Hall

Khaliah Hall graduated from Morgan State University and received an Industrial Engineering Bachelor of Science in 2001. After receiving her degree, she worked as an Industrial Engineer at Northrop Grumman and later become a Cost Estimator with Naval Sea Systems Command in 2002. Concluding her career as an engineer, Khaliah became a property manager. With almost 10 years of real estate experience, Khaliah has completed real estate coursework at Johns Hopkins. Her professional background includes property management, property development, commercial real estate inspections, and real estate sales and leasing.
As a native Washingtonian, Khaliah is a selfless & passionate leader, and a dedicated hard- - worker. Currently, Khaliah is co- -owner of CityDwellers. She is responsible for daily business operations, prospecting, marketing, recruiting, forecasting, agent coaching, and identifying real estate investment opportunities. She will be traveling to Gambia, Senegal, and Ghana to familiarize herself with the West African real estate market and her focus is to expand her global network of organizations. This would allow CityDwellers and its investors to expand their real estate investments to Africa.

Maganizo Kruger Nyasulu 


Maganizo has more than three years of experience in nonprofit   sector. He is a co-founder of a nonprofit organization Global       Hope Mobilization (GLOHOMO). His organization reaches         more than 1 million Malawians with health, environment and         economic programs. His belief in youth creative ideas in             solving social problems prompted him to develop youth led         programs that are ensuring the organization achieves its goals.   In 2014 he was selected into Global Health Corps (GHC)             fellowship and he worked as a monitoring and evaluation fellow   at Dignitas International where he was monitoring and                 evaluating health system strengthening programs in Malawi for   a year. He is a TEDx Lilongwe fellow having presented at the TEDx Youth event in 2014 on youth social innovation. Before joining GHC, he was director of programs at GLOHOMO, and was responsible for preparing strategic programs, designing budgeting, and raising funds through partnerships and proposal writing. The second half of 2013, he was recommended by the John Hopkins University to work as a research coordinator for a Maternal, Neonatal and Child health project. This project was being implemented in partnership with National Statistics Office. Apart from this he has also worked as a research analyst at the University of Malawi Centre for Social research and as a management trainee with the National Bank of Malawi responsible for risk management and monitoring bank portfolios.