Company Profiles

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

 

Mr. Robert Bowden: Bio (Senior Operations Officer)

 

Robert Bowden, serves as Senior Operations Officer & Chief Cacao Sustainability Officer for the Go Africa Network. He is an award winning chocolatier and founder of luxury bespoke brand Viveré Chocolates.

 

Mr. Bowden is also an active board member of the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative and was appointed to Communications Chair in 2016. HCP is an organization which focuses on the preservation of endangered cacao varieties to maintain biological diversity and growth of the fine chocolate industry.

 

Mr. Bowden spent many years in the hospitality management field prior to the founding of Vivere Chocolates in 2014, and is a sought after strategist and speaker on niche business. He volunteers with Junior Achievement teaching business and entrepreneurship to youth .Known as a pursuer of passions, when not making the world happier with chocolate he can found enjoying his two favorite hobbies horses and yachts.

 

 

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.

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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.

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Mr. Ibrahima Diallo currently serves as the Senior Technology Officer for the Go Africa Network Inc. In conjunction, he is the co-founder of Ginjan Bros Inc, a beverage company that will craft traditional African beverages starting in the Summer of 2015.

Mr. Diallo also serves as a volunteer consultant with NYPACE, a non-profit organization that seeks to stimulate economic development in New York City by providing pro-bono consulting services to small businesses in under-resourced communities.

Mr. Diallo holds a Bachelors degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Michigan State University, with a Biomaterials option; and a Master’s from the University of Montpellier and the Technical University of Munich, with a concentration on energy materials.

Mr. Mohammed Diallo: is the Senior Strategy Officer at Go Africa Network Inc.

Mr. Diallo is also an Agent licensed to sell insurance and financial services through New York Life Insurance Company.  His specialty is in Retirement Planning, Business services, Estate Planning and Group Employee Benefit Plans. Mr. Diallo is President and Co-founder of Ginjan Bros. Inc. a beverage company based out of Harlem that makes organic ginger juice (African Style).

Mr. Diallo was born in Guinea (west Africa) and currently residing in Harlem, NY.  Mr. Diallo holds a B.A. in Business from Mercy College. He is fluent in French, Pular and Sosso, and his principal volunteer activities include serving as the General Secretary of the African Advisory Council of the Bronx Borough President’s office. His hobbies are writing, technology, fashion, music and soccer of course. His passion is working towards a more unified and self sufficient Africa through creating the right Partnerships and opportunities.

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Mr. Demetric A. Duckett:  is the Chief Financial Officer at Go Africa Network Inc.

Mr. Duckett is also the chief business development officer for TruFund Financial Services where he directs the organization’s national business growth strategy.  Mr. Duckett develops and oversees strategic partnerships and elaborates new lending programs and product opportunities.  He also directs TruFund’s marketing and communications functions.

Prior to joining TruFund, he was Vice President for Capital Access Programs at Carver Federal Savings Bank where he developed industry-leading M/W/BE capital access programs, Vice President of Community Development at Bank of America, and Vice President and Global Relationship Manager at BankBoston.

A native of South Carolina, Mr. Duckett holds a B.A. in French from Furman University and a Master of International Business from the University of South Carolina.

He is fluent in French, Portuguese, and Spanish, and his principal volunteer activities include serving as a board member for African Services Committee and South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation.

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.