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About: Ibrahima Souare, MPA

 

Mr. Ibrahima Souare, SVP Budgeting, Forecasting, and Economic development, Go Africa LLC & Go Africa Trading LLC.

In the emerging economic development career of Ibrahima Souare, small business development has become his passion. This passion was initiated during his tenure with South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO), where he was first exposed to the challenges faced by aspiring small businesses and entrepreneurs regarding access to capital, access to contracts, business growth strategies, and operational management. Since then, he has developed a keen expertise in business development of small, women, and ethnic minority businesses in their pursuit of scaling as it relates to business financing, securing private & public contracts, building achievable business plans, and obtaining certifications (such as MWBE, SBA 8(a), DBE), and other technical growth intentions.

 

Currently, Mr. Souare advances the mission of New York State Department of Economic Development (a.k.a. Empire State Development), fulfilling the role of Business Development Associate with the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development. Mr. Souare is responsible for monitoring and managing the activities of over 96+ NYS agencies and public authorities’ utilization of MWBEs, development and delivery of capacity-building educational contents for MWBEs, and conducting statewide outreach efforts on behalf of the program.

 

Besides his professional role, Mr. Souare is an active member of Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity and Go Africa Network, respectively, and is founding member of NYS African Chamber of Commerce. He’s a certified Instructor with New York City Department of Small Business Services, where he lends his time to facilitating workshops and seminars to small businesses and entrepreneurs across the five boroughs of NYC.

 

Mr. Souare holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from CUNY Lehman College, and recently completed his Masters in Public Administration from Marxe’s Schools of Public and International Affairs as a Fellow with the prestigious National Urban Fellows program.

 

Mr. Souare is originally from West Africa, Guinea (Conakry) and speaks three additional languages (French, Manike, and Susu).

 

Connect Online

Twitter: @IAMSouare

LinkedIn: Ibrahima S. Souare

 

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Mr. Richard Iyasere: Bio: Senior Director for African Affairs & promotions

We are proud to welcome Mr. Iyasere as Senior Director for African Affairs & promotions for Go Africa Network, Go Africa Health LLC, Go Africa LLC & African Union  Expo LLC.

 

about Richard Iyasere 

Mr. Iyasere is a community leader in the Greater New York metropolitan area. He is originally from Edo State, Nigeria and has lived in the States for over 24 years.

 

He received his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from City University of New York before eventually becoming a System Safety Specialist with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) where he is currently employed.

 

As most immigrants, he came to the States to build a career and future for himself and his family. He arrived in the states in the early 1990s and by working tirelessly, he was able to own his first property in only six years later. Because he understood the struggles of immigrants moving to a new country and learning new surroundings, he decided to help new immigrants by providing them a place to stay or hosting them while they settled in this country. Due to his role in the community as a provider for those in need, he became lovingly called “Daddy Rich” by family and friends.

Iyasere has extensive work community service and civic engagement, reflected in thirteen years of consistent dedication as an organizing member of the Nigerian Independence Day Parade, the first and longest running parade in the city which has been in existence for over 20 years. Other community initiatives he is involved include: a member of the Community Board 1; District 17 Round Table member in the New York City Council; and Community liaison at African Advisory Council of the Bronx under Borough President Ruben Diaz, jr. Iyasere is also a one-time vice president of the Nigerian Unique Club of New York and the former president of African Club, Bronx Community College among many accomplishments and feats. He was also the 2014 Community Leadership Award winner by the 3G Media in NY.

 

Apart from his community work, Iyasere is also an entrepreneur and businessman whose deep love for music and dance inspired him to start his own company DaddyRich Productions, which brings quality concerts and events to the diverse audiences. With DaddyRich Productions, he has brought quality artists and musicians from around the world to perform in New York City to contribute to the rich cultural tapestry and inform the larger NYC community about musical acts from Africa.

 

Iyasere continues to remain driven and active in his own Nigerian community and more importantly, remains engaged in the larger African and New York City communities.

 

He currently resides in Bronx, New York with his wife Egbe and their four daughters. He may be contacted at Daddyrich793@gmail.com or 

RIyasere@goafricanetwork.org

 

Dr. Christopher Williams: Chief Social Sciences Officer

Bio for Christopher Williams, Ph.D.

Chief Social Sciences Officer, Go Africa Network, Inc

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Dr. Christopher Williams is a senior prevention scientist concerned with the development, testing, and dissemination of evidence-based behavioral health and prevention programming. He earned his BA from Morehouse College, a Ph.D. from Northeastern University, and completed a post-doc at Columbia University.

Charles Cooper

 

 

 

 

Mr. Charles M. Cooper Jr. is currently the Senior Policy Officer for Go Africa Network.

Mr. Cooper is also  the Chairman of the African Advisory Council (AAC) of the Bronx Borough President’s Office, representing over 120,000 Africans in the borough, which has the largest concentration of Africans in the United States.

  • AAC, under Mr. Cooper leadership, has become one of the most active social justice organizations in New York.
  • Recent AAC activism has focused on the stigmatization of the Ebola epidemic, where Mr. Cooper advocated on the behalf of two African boys attacked at Bronx school, called “Ebola.”
  • Mr. Cooper is the founding member and President of Jobs for Harlem, a Political Action Committee dedicated to providing women and minority business owners’ opportunities to participate in the economic engine of New York.He also served as the vice chair of Manhattan Community Board 9, where he worked on Columbia’s $7 billion campus expansion, with focus on local business inclusion and worked on the first rezoning of West Harlem in 60 years.
  • Mr. Cooper is a VP at English Consulting Group and was instrumental in Brooklyn Health Partners winning the rights to negotiate with State University of New York to redevelop the $1 billion Long Island College Hospital campus. The largest project ever won by a 100 percent minority firm.
  • Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s Degree in Leadership and Administration from the College of Saint Rose.

About: Dr. Bruce M. Henry

Dr. Bruce M. Henry is currently a Senior Medical officer at Go Africa Network Inc. and has been a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician at Nyack Hospital, Nyack New York since 2006.

Dr. Henry has served as a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician at the following institutions in the past 20 years over an evolving time period.

  • Pediatric Emergency Services, Harlem Hospital Center, New York
  • Children’s Hospital of New York, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York
  • The New York Hospital-Medical Center of Queens, Flushing, New York
  • St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, New York

Dr. Henry has also served in an instructional capacity at the aforementioned institutions and at The Borough of Manhattan Community College for more than 15 years within a temporal duration and capacity.

Dr. Henry has provided his services to Organization for International Development and doctors without borders for over 15 years.

About: Mr. J. Cameron Bayne

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Mr. J. Cameron Bayne

Mr. Bayne is currently the Senior Education Officer at Go Africa Network Inc., a retired veteran New York Educator, dean and counselor with decades of diverse experience in education development. Mr. Bayne has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to diverse populations of New York City. He has select training in education resources, employment and health service networking. Mr. Bayne has worked for CBS in media production, The New York Public Library in information research and  as a corporate consultant.

Mr. Bayne has coordinated education programs at Montclair University’ s New Jersey School of Conservation; Stanford University and Berkeley University summer programs with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). He has worked as a manager with the 1996 Summer Olympics at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. During the summer games at GT he coordinated a track and health education seminar with Olympic track star Carl Lewis. Mr. Bayne was also a track, tennis and football athlete in his youth.

Working in education to improve the individual, community and global network is his sole concern. Mr. Bayne holds a MA in Teaching and Learning from Kaplan University with President’s List Honors. He is proud to have attended Pennsylvania’s historic Lincoln University, where he earned a BA in English. Mr. Bayne was a contributing writer,editor and researcher for the university’s scholarship driven book published in 2012 “An Unfailing Legacy” discussing the Barnes Collection of Art. He has a passion for African art and culture of the African diaspora.

About: Dr. Cheikh Eteka Traore

Dr Cheikh Eteka Traore, MD, MSC, FRSPH: Chief Medical Officer – Africa, for the GO Africa Network.

Dr.Traore is a bi-national citizen of both Mauritania and Nigeria. He is a freelance consultant based in Lagos, Nigeria. He graduated in medicine from the National University of Cote d’Ivoire in 1995, and obtained a public health masters from London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine in 1998. He has eighteen years experience working on global health and public health systems in Europe, Sub Saharan Africa and other middle income countries.

Dr.Traore’s expertise is on the provision of technical assistance to  governments, municipalities, donors, NGOs and United Nation agencies.  He is passionate about inclusive policy development, program design addressing the intersection of human rights and public health, removing barriers to service access for marginalized communities and  building capacity and leadership within grass-roots health movements.

Dr.Traore  is bilingual in French/ English, with conversational and writing ability in Arabic and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (United Kingdom) since 2008.

Kam-Au Amen

 

Kam-Au currently serves as the Senior Marketing Officer for Go Africa Network Inc. Kam-Au is an entrepreneur who is passionate about growing entertainment and cultural enterprises.  He boasts experience in training, media and the performing arts, and displays a full appreciation of the convergence of media and culture within the global context.  He was one of the executive producers for the Fi Wi Choice music chart show, aired weekly on Jamaican television, and briefly in New York and the UK.  He has also participated as owner and a partner in a few Jamaican retail businesses. Currently, he is also engaged in brand licensing and real estate investing.

He has served as Deputy Director of Culture in the Ministry of Culture, Jamaica and as a member of the government’s Cultural Industries Council (formerly the Entertainment Advisory Board).  He also lectured at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, where he designed and coordinated the implementation of a pioneering BA in Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management.

Kam-Au holds a BA in African & African Diaspora Studies and a MPhil in Cultural Studies from the UWI; a MSc in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University, Orlando, Florida; as well as Entertainment Business certification from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

 

Gilroy Simpson

 

Mr. Gilroy Simpson – Bio

 

Mr. Simpson is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Go Africa Network Inc.  Mr. Simpson was formally Senior Operations Officer at Go Africa Network for the past 2 years.

and Case Manager at Weston United Community Renewal, INC – New York, NY. Mr. Simpson’s Background comprises over 18 years of extensive Health, Human Resource Management and Patient Care management, and Consultative duties within the New York City Metro area with specific focus on underserved and at-risk populous.

Mr. Simpson, received his Master of Science (MS), Human Resource Management from DeVry University, New York, and NY in 2012 and received his Bachelor of Science (BS), Computing and Management Studies from the University of Technology – Kingston, Jamaica in 2001.

 

 

Dr. Samuel Jones: Bio

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Dr. Samuel Jones

 

 

Dr. Samuel Jones – Bio

 

Dr. Jones is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Go Africa Network Inc. and Attending Physician at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh, New York & Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, New York.  Dr. Jones Background comprises over 18 years of extensive medical, Health and Consultative duties within the New York City Metro area with specific focus on underserved and at-risk populous. Dr. Jones has initiated and been proactively involved in progressive care and treatment methodologies throughout his long and tenured career.  Dr. Jones has presented on numerous topics within his defined scope of influence since 2002.

Dr. Jones, Received his Medical Doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1994 and B.S., Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 1989.

 

Dr. Jones numerous certifications include but not limited to the following:

American Board of Emergency Medicine Certification –  current.

New York Medicine and Surgery License, 217144 – current

California Physician’s and Surgeon’s License, A066965 – current.

Advanced Traumatic Life Support Certification  — current.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification  —  current.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification — current.

Basic Life Support Certification —  current.

HVREMAC Certification – current.

Los Angeles County Base Station Physician — current