Saloum Cisse is a family medicine doctor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Prior to his current post, he worked at the Family First Healthcare Center in Raymond, MS. He received his medical degree from the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and went on to complete another medical degree and Master of Public Health (MPH) at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Cisse is a member of the American Medical Association and an Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).
KC Morrison is Professor Affiliate in the Joe Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware. He previously held positions at Syracuse University, the University of Missouri, and Mississippi State University. He has a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Tougaloo College (1968), Master of Arts (1969) and PhD (1977) in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Morrison has authored five books and numerous articles, largely in political science journals in the research areas of US and comparative politics and administration (Africa); racial politics in the Americas; and political leadership.
Eva’s professional background spans higher education, social security administration, mobile telephone industry and print media.
Currently, she is on the United Nations Foundation Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) team. Prior to joining DIAL, she was a Senior Administrative Assistant at the College of Engineering, University of Florida. She has also worked for the University of St. Augustine in Florida, National Social Security Fund (Nairobi), Safaricom Limited (Nairobi), and Nation Media Group (Nairobi).
Eva holds a Bachelor of Science in business with a concentration in global management from the University of Phoenix, a diploma in business studies from Eldoret National Polytechnic, Kenya, and is currently pursuing a Master of Management degree from the University of Phoenix.
Brady is passionate about addressing environmental mismanagement and its effects on human health and well-being. His professional goal is to advocate not only for the health of people and places, but to work with and advocate for grassroots groups who want to improve their quality of life and surrounding ecosystems. Brady received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Vermont Law School in 2021, and was admitted to the Vermont Bar in the same year. During law school he concentrated on environmental policy and regulation, working with both the school’s Environmental Advocacy Clinic, and the Environmental Justice Clinic. Brady currently works for the Eaves Law Firm in Jackson, Mississippi
Ibrahima Sow is co-founder of Baobab Cultural Consulting, a resource for cultural competency, workplace inclusivity, and underserved community engagement strategies. Ibrahima also manages the Columbus Public Health COVID-19 Public Information Team.
Prior to Baobab, he served as the Project Director of Emerging New American Community Team (ENACT), an over $500,000 refugee leadership development program created by the Ohio History Connection and the Institute for Museum & Library Services. At ENACT, he managed over two cohorts and an advisory board of over 15 regional organizations, among other major programs. In service to Ohio residents, Sow has done work in the Ohio Treasurer of State’s Office and the Ohio House of Representatives.
A long-time Central Ohio resident, Ibrahima obtained a dual Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & International Studies from The Ohio State University & a Master of Business Administration from Ashland University with a specialization in Executive Management.
Currently, Sow serves on the Ohio African Immigrants Commission, a state body of 11 tasked with advocating for over 650,000 individuals, has been elected chair twice by peers; and serves on a few local non-profit boards including Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services & Mental Health America of Ohio.
Aissatou is a development practitioner with over four years of cumulative experience in sustainable development and international cooperation at the national, regional and international levels. Aissatou is a feminist at heart and passionate about building a world where women have access to all the economic, social and political tools to rise to their full potential and live a dignified life. She is fully skilled in program design and implementation, data analysis, planning and implementation, partnership building, donor engagement and coordination, resource mobilization, private sector engagement and community mobilization. Aissatou has a strong focus on equity, inclusion, equal opportunity, sexual and reproductive health and gender-sensitive programming. Aissatou is also passionate about development and hopes to one day have a hand at building a brighter future for the African continent where everyone has access to the tools and resources they need to unlock their full potential. Aissatou is a cinephile and loves watching, critiquing and recommending international movies.
Mathe Mbaye was born and raised in Nganda, Senegal (Kaffrine region) and is currently still a Nganda resident. Mbaye is a teacher and agent of the Ministry of Education, of the Senegalese civil service. He is the director of an elementary school in a village in the Kaffrine Region called Diamagadio, which is five kilometers away from Nganda. Mathe is involved with the departmental inspection of education and training in the Kaffrine region. As an actor of development, he is the Executive Secretary of the health development committee of Nganda’s health post. This is a function that he performs on a voluntary basis. The work that he does as a population representative at the health post consists of convening monthly meetings with the Head Nurse of the post, and the treasurer. During these meetings the state of the health post is discussed as well as finances, the sale of medications and the service of the ultrasound apparatus. Mbaye and his team are in charge of paying the community staff monthly, buying medicine to supply the pharmaceutical warehouse, rehabilitating the buildings in a state of dilapidation, buying medical materials, looking for partners and funds, and finally ensuring that the post is accessible to patients and that it is a quality service.
Dr Djiby Fall completed his undergraduate studies in mathematics in Senegal at Gaston Berger University before enrolling in the Diploma program at the Abdus Salam Centre in Trieste, Italy. He then went to the United States for doctoral studies working on the dynamics of wave equations. For the past 15 years he has held positions at many US universities and in the United Arab Emirates as well, at New York University Abu Dhabi.
He has recently returned to Senegal and is very involved in outreach programs for the vulgarization of STEM fields education. He is currently the academic director of AIMS-Senegal, a center that is a member of a network of five centers of excellence in applied mathematics postgraduate training which began in South Africa in 2003.
He is very interested in the application of mathematics to study global issues such as climate change, environmental and health risks, and mathematical ecology.
Dr. Justin Daniels is an emergency physician practicing in Mississippi. He received his bachelor’s degree and M.D. degree from the University of Mississippi. In addition to his work in the Emergency Room, his professional interests include wilderness medicine and utilizing telehealth in rural areas. In his free time he enjoys reading, fishing, and practicing regenerative agriculture on his small farm.
Karen Ejiofor is the Project Manager for the Technology and Public Purpose Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. She is pursuing a degree at Harvard School of Education studying International Education Policy where she focuses on 21st century global competencies, digital literacy and the future of work in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Karen worked in New Hampshire where she managed two state senate campaigns. Prior to graduation, Karen was very active on her college campus, serving as class president, Chair of Kevin Harrington Student Program at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and creating a committee to combat sexual assault on her college campus. Karen graduated from Saint Anselm College with a B.A in Philosophy and a concentration in Politics and Communication.
Cheikh Cisse is a retired United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative with over 30 years of experience. Mr. Cisse has worked in numerous humanitarian settings throughout the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, in countries such as Senegal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Chad, Zimbabwe and Madagascar. Currently, he works as a consultant for UNFPA and supports countries across sub-Saharan Africa in both their advocacy efforts and organizational strengthening. Cheikh holds a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Techniques from the National University of Cote d’Ivoire and a Master of Modern Literature from the University of Dakar.
Michelle Chambers MSN, FNP-BC graduated from Hinds Community College with an Associates degree in Nursing. She later went to Alcorn State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then Masters of Science in Nursing specializing in Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in ICUs at CMMC in Jackson, Mississippi as a nurse until she became Assistant Nurse Manager. After graduating from Nurse Practitioner school she worked with Dr Saloum Cisse which is when she was introduced to the people of Senegal and learned of Senegal’s health system challenges. She then worked in cardiology at CMMC with Dr Abdul Bahro before working with her present employer Matrix Medical Network, where she has been for nine years.
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