Transformers – Transform Africa
Founder, President & CEO
Abu-Hassan Koroma AKA Askia the Great is the founder, President & CEO of Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement. He is responsible for building a technology-driven leadership team with capable staff, volunteers and support networks around the world to empower and mobilize rural Africa youth through multiple channels of engagement and economically viable operations with focus on creating Social Enterprise Centers and good jobs across Africa – starting in Sierra Leone!
With a Higher Teacher’s Certificate (HTC) in Art & Crafts from the Milton Margai Teachers College (now Milton Margai College of Education and Technology) in Sierra Leone and a Bachelors of Art in International Relations from the UW-Madison, Askia combines the creative potentials of visual art and the humanities to mobilize young volunteers around the world to support AYM and contribute to reversing the social and economic marginalization of Africa. Askia believes that a vigorous engagement with the global community for ideas, financial and material support as well as volunteer commitment will provide employment for youth in rural Africa, increase their income and quality of life and also contribute to peace and stability in Africa.
In 1989, Askia founded the first African Chapter of the United Nations of Youth (now the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) in Sierra Leone. He served as its first National Coordinator until April 1991. As UNOY National Coordinator, Askia was appointed youth representative on the UNICEF National Taskforce Committee for the World Summit on Children held in New York in 1990. The UNICEF National Taskforce Committee designated UNOY to coordinate the National Candlelight vigils before and after the Summit. Askia was elected member of the International Working Group in 1992 at the second International Conference of UNOY in Schoorl, The Netherlands. In 1993, Askia was re-elected member of the International Working Group in Minsk, Belarus.
From November 1993 to November 1994, Abu-Hassan Koroma was a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA), a U.S. Corporation for National & Community Serviceprogram that “places individuals in a variety of situations where the application of individual talent and dedication bring an added dimension to federal, state, and private nonprofit organizations assisting low-income communities.” Askia was assigned to the Common Wealth Development Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin as a Youth Business Mentoring Program Assistant, providing “youth an intensive three week pre-employment training followed by a job placement” with supportive businesses.
Humanist, Artist and Poet, Askia’s painting has been exhibited in the Porter Butts Gallery, “67Th Annual Student Art Exhibition” at UW-Madison and, his poem on the “Waters of Wisconsin” was published in the Spring 2003 Wisconsin Academy Review. He was also a nominated semi-finalist in the 5th Annual Volvo for life Awards in 2007.
Dennis Charles Glover
Dennis Glover was born and raised in Midwest America into a compassionate and lively family. He gained a broad scope of life after earning a degree in Strategic Business Management in 2001, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and found his calling when he met Abu-Hassan “Askia” Koroma, the founder of the Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement.
For the next five years, Dennis worked closely with Askia, helping coordinate AYM’s art projects in America, and spending countless hours planning for the creation of a new AYM chapter in Sierra Leone that would create jobs for the youth.
In 2006, Dennis began a five-year commitment to initiate the new program in Sierra Leone. He conducted community organizing campaigns, established community vegetable gardens, and eventually created the AYM Social Enterprise Center in Mattru Jong.
Dennis made policies for the operation of the 24-hour renewable energy system at the Center, including the cell phone charging business and Internet Café and trained the local volunteers to manage the program without directly outside supervision.
Dennis lives in America and travels to Sierra Leone at least twice a year. He speaks fluent Krio and is the first point of contact for the manager of AYM in Mattru Jong.
Director of Finance
Mariama Samba-Koroma, MHSA is the Director of Finance and Health Service Capacity Building at Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement (AYM).
Mariama joined AYM in 2000 directing the financial operations of AYM at both the national and international levels. In addition to this work, Mariama provides direction for health service capacity building and strengthening at the field level working directly with AYM local volunteers.
Mariama started her career as a health services administrator in 2000 working for a large hospital system in revenue cycle, access and customer service management. In 2004 Mariama traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she was a hospital management consultant managing $1.5 million grant funded capacity building project helping strengthen health care capacity for a 150 bed hospital, which was affected by conflict. In 2006, Mariama worked for the Bill Clinton Foundation Healthcare Access Initiative in collaboration with Yale University as a Senior Fellow in International Healthcare Management in Ethiopia. In Ethiopia, Mariama worked with the Ministry of Health in building the capacity of a hospital and regional ministry of health leaders in effective healthcare delivery management.
Mariama has a certificate in International Healthcare Management from Yale University, a Masters of Science in Health Services Management with a focus on Finance and Health Systems from George Washington University, USA. Mariama holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from George Mason University, USA.
Tom J. Collett
Executive Consultant to the CEO
Tom is a United Nations and SCORE volunteer. Prior to taking early retirement he was a senior business development executive with a proven track record of identifying and executing new strategic growth programs for global IT and energy industry leaders. He has extensive international experience, including a number of developing countries.
During his nearly 30 year corporate career, he demonstrated strong project management skills with proven ability to both accelerate revenue and drive co-innovation through partnerships. Furthermore, he is experienced in building highly productive cross-functional business development teams.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Warwick in England, and holds a MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, USA. Email Tom
Executive Consultant to the CEO
Pratik is a United Nations Volunteer with a background in both quantitative and development spheres. He has specialist knowledge concerning the utilisation and design of quantitative decision support and evaluation tools, having critiqued and created such systems in use within public health and NGO sectors. Since undertaking an MSc. t University College London (UCL) in Development Administration and Planning, Pratik has professionally applied himself in the development sector most recently in Vietnam, but also in the UK and Ethiopia.
In the latter instance he undertook a research investigation concerning IT applications within agriculture, focusing on skill dissemination and vulnerability reduction. The exercise inspired him to explore the impact of IT in human capital development within the wider Sub-Saharan Africa, which formulated his Master’s thesis and vested for him a strong interest within AYM’s latest technology endeavour.
Pratik also holds an undergraduate degree in Operational Research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Email Pratik
Associate Executive Director and Director of Communications
Alison Foster joined AYM to put her passion to work and lead development and implementation of consistent messaging across digital and social media platforms to shed light on the youth unemployment crisis present in post-war Sierra Leone, and throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and the organization’s ongoing solutions.
Throughout her career, Alison has advised leaders on how to achieve organizational objectives through communications and draws from her corporate experience to develop an integrated marketing strategy for non-profits and NGO’s focused on eradicating poverty and inequality, driving education, empowering women, advocating children, lessening the healthcare gap, and increasing social justice.
She has successfully launched rebranding and social media campaigns as well as organized international media events to drive issue awareness and achieve mission-driven goals.
Alison holds a Masters in Political Communications from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Bachelors in Political Science from the State University of New York at Brockport. She is an avid runner who lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two young children.
Chief Editor/Deputy Director of Communications
Olive Majala Maloti, Online Editor at Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement, is a freelance content developer and blogger currently based in Mombasa, Kenya. She attained her B.A in Social Sciences from Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) and has since gained a varied working experience from a number of institutions. Aside from working as a content developer for both Toria East Africa (a premier East African based digital strategy agency) and Enhols Ltd (a travel agency), Olive has also been a protocol intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an online marketing Intern at Enhols Ltd.
Olive is the chief editor of her travel blog Zurukenya (The blog offers interesting and informative facts about Kenya as a tourist destination) and a contributor to amongst others, Enhols Travel Agency, Safari in Mara and Camps in Amboseli. A strong believer in social justice; her efforts are geared towards working with others for the good of society and in helping the less fortunate. She is also involved in a number of volunteer projects including working with the Kenya Red Cross Society and brings to Twenty-First Century African Youth Movement her editing and proofreading skills along with her website management experience. Olive is fascinated by travel and wildlife and hopes to make a great impact in this industry in the near future. She also loves writing, movies and enjoys a good tennis work out.
Crowdfunding Campaign Manager
Islene is a United Nations Online Volunteer. She holds a BA in Economics at UFRRJ (Brazil), a double Masters in International relations at UCAM (Brazil) and in Development and International Cooperation from the Lisbon school of economics & management, Portugal.
She has worked as an economist for 2 years at the Institute of Science and Technology (INT) in Brazil managing projects Islene is currently pursuing her PhD in climate change and sustainable development policies in Portugal, coordinated by University of Lisboa in association with the Technical University of Lisboa and the New University of Lisboa, with the support of the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.
Islene is combining school work and volunteering with AYM with a focus on rural communities and natural resources management. Contact Islene
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