Salma Khair

Salma Khair has over five years of experience in information technology. Currently, Salma is an enterprise application operation team leader at Zain Sudan. Salma holds a master’s degree in Computer Science. She is committed to addressing and finding solutions to the knowledge management issue in Sudan. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Salma plans to use her acquired skills to continue working on knowledge management issues and finding solutions.


Sabelo Mlangeni

Sabelo Mlangeni has over five years of experience as an educator and leader. Currently, Sabelo is a teacher at St. John Bosco High School, where he focuses on technical skills and life skills development for students pursuing technical careers. Sabelo acts as the union representative in his school. He also volunteers at the Zakhele church of the Nazarene, where he is a teacher and coordinator of youth leadership and bible sessions for the community members. Sabelo holds a diploma in Education from the University of Swaziland.


Roland S. Kamara

Technical College (formerly known as the NetLib Vocational Training Institute), a partner institution of Roc Van Twente, a Dutch-based training college. NetLib College has empowered over one thousand young people through technical education. Roland is responsible for the overall institutional management, personnel development, management, and supervision, and the day-to-day operations of the institution. He is a student of public policy, holding advanced diplomas in Peace and Conflict Resolution and Journalism.


Robson Maamba

Robson Maamba Jr. has six years? experience in the education sector, specifically in information management. He is an assistant librarian at Rusangu University, where he is responsible for information gathering, processing, preservation, and dissemination. He is also responsible for ensuring that faculty, staff, and students have access to enriching information.


Ndeye Seynabou Sarr

Ndeye Seynabou Sarr is a statistician with five years of experience in social, demographic, and economic statistics. She is currently a statistician at the National Agency of Statistics and Demography of Senegal. In 2013, she was part of the team of young statisticians selected by the United Nations Population Fund to observe the Senegalese population census and develop a methodological report on data collection using information communication technology for other African countries.


Ndeye Coumba Diouf

Ndeye Coumba Diouf has over three years experience in gender empowerment through education and information technology (IT) development projects. Ndeye works as a business analyst at a Senegalese IT company that focuses on making administrative procedures paperless. She conducts studies on the digitalization of administrative procedures, coordinating and monitoring the quality of deliverables until the solution is implemented.


Luthando Jama

Luthando Jama is a dentist and studied dentistry at the University of Pretoria. In 2018, Luthando took a sabbatical from full-time employment to pursue her studies. She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), the top-ranked South African and African business school by South African Financial Mail. She holds a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration from GBIS. Studying business will allow her to fulfill her dreams of making oral health accessible in rural communities via mobile dental clinics.

South Africa

Kou Dut Kou Dut Kou

Kou Dut Kou Dut Kou is an educator with over three years of experience in education and public service. Currently, Kou is a teaching assistant at Dr. John Garang University, where he also supervises research projects. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kenya Methodist University. Since he can remember, Kou has battled challenging circumstances with great success. Based on his experiences with struggle, he sees education as a weapon of change. Education can change a country in the same way it can change an individual.

South Sudan

Joël Roamba

Joël Roamba is a rural engineering professional with over three years of experiences in water and sanitation. He holds a master’s degree in Water and Environmental Engineering from 2IE. Since 2017, he has worked for civil service at the Eastern Region Water and Sanitation Department. He is an activist for the promotion of good behaviors in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for people in rural regions. He is strongly engaged in sustainable land management and environment and is actively supporting his native village by reforesting the land in the community each year.

Burkina Faso

Jessie Nicolas Kada

Jesse Nicolas Kada is currently working with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) as a translator. He also volunteers as the secretary-general in charge of gender and human rights for PARETO, an NGO. PARETO uses media and community approaches to improve the lives of vulnerable populations.

Central African Republic