Youth Advisory Committee
Farha Tahir is Program Officer for the Horn of Africa unit at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), where she assists in advising governments, regional organizations, and civil society on how to strengthen governance and institution-building efforts. She is also a contributor to Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World publication. Farha previously served as project manager for the Vaccination Initiative at International Interfaith Peace Corps (IIPC) and as program coordinator and research associate for the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Farha completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin, where she cofounded EDGE Project, an organization that provides UW students with the opportunity to research, create, and implement development projects in Lingira, Uganda. Farha originally hails from Shorewood, Wisconsin.
Morgan McClain-McKinney currently serves a Program Manager at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In this role, she provides oversight and guidance on program implementation, enhancing professional opportunities for young leaders in sub-Saharan Africa that have demonstrated excellence in government, business, and civic leadership. Morgan is passionate about empowering populations by developing and implementing sustainable solutions for economic growth and entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining USAID, she spent time on Capitol Hill, as well as with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Organization Affairs. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Morgan holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and currently serves as an Alumni Board of Visitors Member for the department. Morgan has published several articles on topics to include diversity and inclusion in Foreign Affairs, youth, trade and investment, and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa having been featured in notable publications such as the American Foreign Service Journal, Ventures Africa Magazine, and the Diplomatic Courier. Morgan is a seasoned development professional, having served abroad at USAID Missions in Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania.
Terrence B. Tarver
Terrence B. Tarver is pursuing his Ph.D. Degree from Howard University in The African Studies Department focusing on International Policy in addition Terrence is a White House Intern on HBCUs at The United States Department of Education In this capacity he works with federal departments and agencies to assure HBCU access to federally- sponsored programs. His focus is on International Programs, Brother’s keeper Initiative and Stem Initiatives.
Prior to joining the White House Initiative in 2009 he served as Executive Director for one of the nation’s premier Opera Companies Opera Ebony, Terrence is a founding member of Africa Society Youth Advisory Committee under The National Summit on Africa. Tarver is a member of The Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and 100 Black Men Chapter of Greater Washington Area, and a member of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Washington, DC Chapter.
Ms. Lydia Nylander
Ms. Lydia Nylander is a born and bred Londoner who uprooted and moved to Washington DC, over a decade ago. Lydia gained her Bachelors of Law at the University of London and has a Masters in International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University Law School. Since arriving in the US, Lydia has worked in various capacities in the non-profit and public policy arena. Prior to joining the Justice Department monitoring and compliance wing, Lydia was Director of Grants Management and Resource Development at the National Association of Consumer Advocates – the nation’s leading consumer advocacy organization. In this capacity, she oversaw the Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance, $15 million dollar foreclosure defense project which provided legal representation to families facing foreclosure due to abusive subprime mortgages. She moved to the US as the first stop in her quest to crisscross the world, living and working globally.
Dr. Akua G. Asare M.D
A graduate of Case Western Reserve University with her Bachelors of Arts in International Studies, Akua G. Asare M.D went on to receive her Medical Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After her Psychiatric Residency at The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital where she was awarded the 2010 University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital Psychiatry Residency Senior Research Award and the 2010 Bernard Goodman Award, she was chosen as the 2011 American Psychiatric Association’s Jeanne Spurlock Congressional Fellow. In this capacity she worked as the Health Legislative Fellow for senior Senator from Ohio, Sherrod Brown (D-OH), addressing a diverse array of domestic and global health care issues.
Currently, Dr. Asare works at the American College of Cardiology in product development of Toolkits and mobile applications to address high priority clinical areas and integration of the ACC’s institutional offerings in the Quality Improvement for Institutions program. Her personal focus is on the linkages between health disparities including psychological/emotional and social and cultural/career/personal development and advancement among those in the African Diaspora. She serves in a diversity of roles and on a variety of civic and community boards including as the Chair for the D.C Commission on African Affairs and Co-Chair of the Montgomery County African-American Health Program’s Executive Committee’s Mental Health Collaborative. She is also actively involved with various service and professional organizations focused on the development of the African community both here and on the continent she holds positions in the Africa Society Youth Advisory Committee and the Afropolitan Youth Association of Maryland as well as her church Nursing Ministry.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1973, Adebo Ifesanya moved back to his family’s homeland in Nigeria at the age of five years. He grew up as many children in our global society, with interests in science fiction, watching cartoons, and playing outdoor games. Adebo was struck with the realization that while we generally break up our problems into many categories, such as corruption, violence, and social irresponsibility, the core of all of these issues may be narrowed to a lack of personal responsibility, integrity, and self-identity. The truth about the way most kids view education is that they are pushed into learning rather than pulled. In addition, they live and are surrounded by criminal and/or indiscipline lifestyles, which may appear hopelessly appealing. He is the founder of We‘R’NextGeneration TM, whose vision is to ingrain these values in next generation that is kids today, by showing them how much they are capable of achieving through learning, no matter what area of knowledge they are passionate about, and to show kids practical ways to move ahead toward higher education and career paths which involve the areas of education that inspire them.
Chika Umeadi is the Engagement Director at tiphub. Established in 2014, tiphub is a mentorship driven accelerator & start-up advisory that provides mentorship, community building and investments for seed stage technology ventures in Africa and the African Diaspora. Prior to tiphub, Chika worked at multiple start-ups in the United States and in Nigeria, mostly focused on using analytics to improve business operations. Before his startup adventures, he served as a City Year corps member in Washington DC, working at Hart and Spingarn High School.
Chinedu Enekwe is co-founder and executive director of Tiphub Africa. At Tiphub Africa, Enekwe brings together communities, governments, organizations and businesses to find ways to use innovation to make the world better. Chinedu leverages his experience in development and project finance at the World Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation on the Power Africa initiative and managing the sub-Saharan African office of a middle market investment bank, to provide African innovators both small and large investment capital and advisement.
Giulia Pellegrini is an Executive Director and Senior Economist for Sub-Saharan Africa in J.P.Morgan’s Global Emerging Market Research Group, based in London. She joined J.P. Morgan in 2010 splitting her time between the Johannesburg and London offices. Prior to that, Giulia worked at the World Bank as an economist on financial sector reform and private sector development issues in the Africa Region as well as an economist in the debt policy and strategy division of Nigeria’s Debt Management Office in Abuja. Giulia serves on the advisory committee of the Africa Debt Capital Markets Summit in London. Giulia holds masters degrees in Development Economics and in Econometrics from Oxford University, St Antony’s College and Birkbeck College as well as an undergraduate degree in Economics from the School of Oriental & African Studies.
A native of France and Côte d’Ivoire, Teddy grew up in Côte d’Ivoire and has a passion for private sector development, entrepreneurship and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is fluent English, French and Italian. Teddy is currently an associate at Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESPartners). Prior to joining ESPartners, Teddy worked for various multinationals and held a variety of positions in corporate finance, with increasing responsibility. In his last full time position, Teddy worked as a business analyst in the strategy and business development unit of a major consumer goods company in Beijing. Teddy earned a M.A in International Economics and International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University, as a Lindmor Fellow. At SAIS, Teddy majored in conflict management and focused its curriculum around post-conflict reconstruction and post-conflict economics. He also earned a B.A in Finance and economics at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Montreal.