Mr. Haruna Darbo, Atlanta, GA. USA.
Mr. Darbo is the founder and First Director of The GDP.
He graduated from Franklin High School in North Carolina and completed Coop Pre-Engineering program at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, where he maintained Dean's List status for three years. He transferred to Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, and continued there as Coop student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a certificate in Land Development.
Mr. Darbo's experience includes Coop work at Container Systems Inc. in Franklinton, NC, and Star Enterprise's (a Texaco-ARAMCO JV) Terminal Engineering Division.
While at Star, he led company-sponsored research into treatment of Tank Bottom Condensate guided by Ga Tech School of Graduate Studies head Dr. Helen Grenga and Ga Tech's Professor of Environmental Chemistry Dr. Evangelos Voudrias. The results of the research led to the construction of treatment facilities at Star Enterprise's Doraville, Fairfax, and Spartanburg Tank Farms.
Mr. Darbo founded and managed a Security and a Logistics Consultancies for ten years, five years each. His volunteer experience includes an Inner-city school garden project with Hands-On-Atlanta and as Intake clerk for Lions Lighthouse Vision Clinic.
Mr. Darbo is fluent in English, Mandinka, Wollof, moderately in French, and basic in Arabic. He is an aspiring author and lives with his son Aaron and his mother Fanta in Georgia.
Mr. Darbo is single with children.
Mr. Alkali Dibba, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Mr. Alkali Dibba had been a veteran teacher in Gambia having obtained a Highest Teacher Certificate from Gambia College and a BSc. Economics degree from Univ. of The Gambia.
He was Chairman and President of Student Government consecutively and received a landmark Student Leadership Award for protecting his fellow students against a criminal government.
Mr. Dibba has a Masters in Public Administration; Policy Analysis and Human Resource Management.
He has a wealth of volunteer experience in community development including work with the Nova Scotia-based Peer Health Education Association. He co-founded a Mental Health Organization in Gambia to help provide support services for the mentally-challenged and their parents.
Mr. Dibba is fluent in Mandinka, Wollof, and HalPulaar.
Mrs. Dalla Drammeh; TX, USA
Mrs. Drammeh is from Bakau, Gambia. She obtained an LLB from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria and an LLM from American University, College of Law, in Washington DC.
Mrs Drammeh currently volunteers in Immigration Law for the indigent in Houston, Texas, having practiced Law with several firms in the US.
Mrs. Drammeh is fluent in English, Wollof, and Hausa.
She is married and lives with her husband and children in Texas.
Mr. Malick Gai; SSudan
Mr. Gai is from Bansang, in the Central River Region of Gambia. He completed High School at the Gambia Senior Secondary School, (formerly GHS). He obtained his BSc.; Public and Environmental Health from the University of The Gambia, and his MSc.; Public Health from Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK. He currently works with the World Health Organization in the Republic of South Sudan. Prior to that, Mr. Gai worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Gambia country office as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for Climate Change impact on vulnerable coastal communities, and with WHO country office in Tanzania. From 2005 to 2012, He was Public Health Officer for the Ministry of Health in Gambia.
Malick is a trained professional in Health Cluster Coordination, Emergency Response, Information Management, Surveillance, Monitoring, and Evaluation. His volunteer work includes leadership as President of The Gambia Red Cross while he was completing High School.
Mr. Gai is a married father of three beautiful children and he speaks Wollof, Mandinka, English, and he has moderate knowledge of Fulani, Swahili, and languages spoken in South Sudan.
Mr. Silvester Nyang'an - Kenya
Mr. Nyang'an is from Chelopoy in West Pokot County, Kenya, born at the time of the Pokot-Karamojong Resource conflict. He is a Project Coordinator for an international NGO in South Sudan and Kenya. Mr. Nyang'an completed Primary and Secondary education at the Catholic missionary Schools in Kacheliba, and obtained a BSc Agronomy from Moi University. He is currently pursuing an MSc. in Project Management with Arden Univ.
Mr. Nyang'an has wide experience in Agronomy, and in Emergency and Project Management, having worked with NGO's to include the UN. He is Founder of the non-profit charity Ecosystem Conservation Movement ECOMO in his native Kenya. He helped to found the Pokot Students Voluntary Purse, a Self-Help Group whose aim is to locally fund scholarships for students between high school and university.
Mr. Nyang'an is fluent in Pokot, Swahili and English and he is married with children.
Mr. Muhammed Sonko-Gambia
Mr. Sonko is from Kerewan, Gambia, host community of The GDP's first national organization The GDPGambia's Signature Campus. He obtained BSc. in Management and Economics from Cadi Ayyad in Morocco and a Masters in Marketing Management from ISM in Dakar, Senegal.
Mr. Sonko has a decade of experience in Sales in the Oil and Gas industry in Gambia, and several years of experience in Renewable Energy Sales and Management in Ethiopia, and Tanzania.
Mr. Sonko is fluent in Mandinka, Wollof, English, and French.
He is married with a child.
Alex K. Muthami; Nairobi, Kenya
Hon. Cherno Jallow; UN
Mr. Muhammed Sonko
Me. Ebou Cham
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