Abdoulaye Bocoum has nine years of experience in community development as it relates to health. He is a young general practitioner, and researcher focused on hereditary neurological diseases in Mali. Last year he completed his medical studies at the University of Sciences, Technics and Technologies in Bamako. Originally from Djenné, an area heavily impacted by the conflict, he recently established an association of young medical doctors to help care for community members.
Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Abdoulaye aspires to expertly train young people in his community and launch a humanitarian organization that will positively impact the entire country.
Nene Keita is 28 years old and what some may call a “Repat.” Of Malian origins, she grew up and studied in France and decided to move to Mali in 2018. She has a background in human resources and international management.
To improve economic prosperity and investment opportunities in Mali, Nene leads Diaspohub, an incubator dedicated to supporting Malian diaspora entrepreneurs, and change makers who are building bridges between Malian-based, local business people, and diaspora entrepreneurs.
Since she moved to Mali, her commitment has been focused on making the Malian diaspora and more widely, the African diaspora a development lever for the continent.
Mariam Nafogou has four years of experience in media as a journalist and a fashion blogger. In 2016, she launched a blog called Naf’malook. She has also worked as a TV presenter for a cultural show on the Malian national TV channel ORTM and M24 TV.
After spending time as a communication officer for the international music label, Keyzit, she is now a community manager for a Dutch project in Mali known as Benbere. Mariam is also an online moderator, which allows her to be in touch with the online community and help them brainstorm ideas to make Mali better. She aspires to create a web magazine to promote her passion in fashion, culture, and community well-being.
Gaoussou Sylla Gaoussou has over six years of experience in the development sector focused on private sector development and the supervision of multilateral development institutions. Currently, Gaoussou is an advisor to the executive director of the African Development Group (AfDB). As a member of the board of directors, Gaoussou supervises the day to day activities of the institution. Gaoussou holds a master’s degree in Economics from the Université Grenoble Alpes in France, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines. Gaoussou is driven by his commitment to the development of the African continent. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Gaoussou plans to continue his work in development and hopes to spread the knowledge he gains on the program to his community of seven villages in Mali.
Sadya Toure is a young leader known for her activism for women’s rights and is the CEO and founder of Mali Rural Women Empowerment Organization, a non-profit organization to award university scholarships to girls from rural areas. She has six years of experience in civic engagement and community development and is the co-founder of the 4IsTalks Platform, which enables young people to think critically and find solutions to current world challenges by organizing viral conferences to inspire young people. Sadya is a member of the African Women Leaders Network, an initiative of women leaders from various sectors, with the support of the African Union Commission and the United Nations that aims to enhance women´s leadership in the transformation of the continent in line with Africa Agenda 2063. She is also the ambassador of the Breaking Barriers campaign by the World Movement for Democracy, a program focusing on young women’s representation in politics. She is a blogger and author of the book Being an Ambitious Woman in Mali, which is regarded as an essential contribution to the debates surrounding the empowerment of women and gender equality. Sadya was also nominated by the Confederation of West African Youth as one of the 100 Most Influential Young People in West Africa and represented Mali in public speaking at the 2017 Africa and Middle East Conference, finishing as vice-champion. Following the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Sadya hopes to develop her organization by drawing inspiration from American models.
Saloum Toure has ten years of experience in the air navigation service field, particularly as an air traffic control officer, where he ensures the safety of the Mopti air space while developing software to increase efficiency. Saloum is certified by the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Association as a trainer of English for Aviation. Thanks to this experience, he created English clubs to help his co-workers to meet proficiency, as set by the International Civil Aviation Organization English Language. Saloum is also the co-founder of an educational organization, Association Malienne our l´Orientation Scolaire et Professionnel (AMOSP), to establish a culture of educational and vocational guidance in Mali by collecting and disseminating up-to-date information on education and jobs for Malians. AMOSP aims to help Malians better orient themselves in their studies and work to help ensure academic and professional success. To fund AMOSP´s activities, Saloum created a consulting office for research and training in various fields. Following the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Saloum would like to use his public management skills to grow his organizations to provide mentorship programs to youth associations for the betterment of his community and the whole country.
Mahamadoun Abdoulaye Traore
Mahamadoun Abdoulaye Traore the CEO of Sanuva, a company that proposes an ecological solution for waste management. In 2016, Sanuva won the European African Entrepreneurship Award.
Mahamodun holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management. For the past three years, he has been involved in the fight against climate change, participating in various international climate conferences including COP 21 in Paris, COP 22 in Marrakech, COP 23 in Bonn, and COP 24 in Poland. Mahamodun continues to work through the realities of actualizing climate change policies and hopes to help implement national projects in waste management, sustainable cities, and energies.