Andrew Benson Greene Jnr. (Board of Director, Founder)
Sauvé Scholar Andrew Benson Greene Jr has 10+ years experience in the non-profit sector, youth and children in wars as well as the issue of child soldiers. He has worked extensively in national and international research on human rights of children used in armed conflict. Some of his research has worked collaboratively with the Open Society Institute in Budapest 2005, The Child Soldiers Simulation Exercise known as ‘Exercise Prodigal Child at the Kofi Anan International Peace Training Centre in Accra Ghana 2007. In 2006, he made a significant contribution to the Book, ‘Raise Your Voice, Lend A Hand, Change the World’, written by Susan Hughes, and published by Scholastic Canada.
He is currently the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the B-Gifted Foundation in Sierra Leone and in 1999 founded the International Education and Resource Networks chapter of Sierra Leone. He taught former child fighters and war-affected youth to use the Internet and other new technologies to find reconciliation and peaceful solutions to conflict, reminding them that “security comes not from the end of a gun, but from shared values and responsibilities to each other.”
Andrew is a well-known speaker, participating in a number of prestigious international events. He has traveled extensively, from Beijing to Moscow, to Washington, to share his vision of using information technology amongst children and war-scarred youth. His efforts have profoundly affected the thinking of young people around the world, from Sierra Leone to Cambodia to Afghanistan. The United Nations adopted his project as a model in countries affected by war.
Andrew has gathered multiple awards, citations, and bursaries for his peace building efforts and Internet-based innovations. This includes the James B. Bosky Memorial ‘Fresh Faces’ Awards in 2000, The Cable and Wireless Childnet Awards at the Science Museum in London, UK 2003, The ‘Crossing Boundaries’, Bremen Peace Commendation by the Threshold Foundation in Germany in 2003, The Listen Up Beyond Borders New York Film Awards in 2003, the Global Junior Challenge in Rome Italy 2007, and for several years, he has worked, overseen and coordinated the successful implementation in Sierra Leone of War Child Canada’s No War Zone, funded by Foreign Affairs Canada. He consults widely on issues of children and youth in conflict and recently produced two video documentaries for the World Bank’s World Development Report 2007 focusing on youth unemployment in Sierra Leone and the ‘Next Generation’. He has consulted to the Global Intelligence Alliance in Washington D.C. on Anti-corruption and good governance in Sierra Leone.
He has led various International Lectures on the issues of children’s rights and the predicaments faced by child soldiers as well as ‘Children of the Cross Fire’ at the following Schools around the world, Carleton University in Ottawa, Kenyon College Ohio US, University of York Toronto Canada, Nazarene University Ohio USA, McGill University and Concordia University Canada. He has also taught peace and non-violence classes at the WH Day Elementary School in Bradford Ontario in 2004-5, The International School of Amsterdam in 2004, The St Anthony’s High School in Vancouver April 2007, and more recently at the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula in San Francisco USA in October-November 2008. Andrew obtained his BA with concentrations in English, Civil Law, and International Relations from Fourah Bay College of the University of Sierra Leone in 1998, and in 2004, he was selected as one of Sauvé ‘Dynamic Dozens’ receiving the prestigious Sauvé Scholars awards of CAN $30,000 for a year of research and studies at McGill in Montreal. http://www.sauvescholars.org/en/scholars/alumni/2004 and in that same year in 2004, was on the shortlist of the Stanford University Digital Visions Fellows. Greene was an ITU Telecom World Young Digital Innovation Fellow in 2011, Geneva, an MIT Media Lab Fellow 2014 in Boston for Building Peace Through Technology, and a Hive Global Fellow in San Francisco 2015 http://www.hive.org
Andrew was a school Prefect of Education at the Bo Government Secondary School in 1992, and amongst his University portfolios include Speaker at the Student Representative Council (SRC) 1995-6, and Assistant Secretary General Of the Fourah Bay College Students Union Government from 1996-1998.
Abass Victor Osman Kamara (Human Rights Director)
Abass Victor Osman Kamara, worked extensively in giving legal advice to several human rights organizations in Sierra Leone. His work as Legal Executive for the Centre for Human Rights and democratic Reform in Sierra Leone, has led to the advancement of the rights of people in the local courts of Sierra Leone. Between 2004-till date, he holds the position as Legal Executive and research Officer for the Law Reform Commission in Sierra Leone. Earlier in 2004 he served in the same capacity as Legal Adviser at the Coalition of Civil Society and Human Rights Activists (CCSHRA) and has a long term commitment to working as Research Adviser for the Network Movement for Justice and Development. (NMJD). This service has led to awareness and potential enactment of the Just Mining Act of Sierra Leone that will relieve women and children from the scourges of unjust mining activities that impact them profoundly in mining areas of Sierra Leone. Added to these efforts are other commendable works of Mr. Abass Victor Osman Kamara between 2004 to 2006. He was Secretary (Sub Committee), in the following subject areas for Reform. These include the Commercial Use of Land, The Law on Marriage, inheritance and Succession, Law on Citizenship, Law on Conservation and Bush Fire prevention, review of the Anti-Corruption Act 200, and the Law Officer’s Act.
Mr. Abass Kamara has also been consulted widely on various legal issues. In 2004, (Law Reform Commission), contracted him on the issue of Mining and the Hazardous Effects on the environment. Abass was a research consultant for Partnership Africa Canada through NMJD, as well as successfully consulted by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada, on the Role of Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning on two Ethical initiatives, Arms and the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS). Mr. Abass Kamara was also consulted by Action Plus, an NGO in Sierra Leone for the Simplification of the Gender Act including; Domestic Violence Act of 2007, Registration of Customary Marriages and Divorces Act 2007, and the Devolution of Estates Act 2007. In 2005, he was a Rappateur for the NGO HANCI Sierra Leone, on the subject of Trauma Healing, and served in a similar capacity with the NGO Chelshire Home Sierra Leone, relating to the Law on Disability Recommendations For Incorporation Into the UN Convention on Disability. In addition, he served as member of the Management Committee organized by the Mano River Union Peace Forum Sierra Leone on the issue of Peace within the Sub Region (Sierra Leone Guinea Liberia). Abass VO Kamara was a teacher of the highest calibre, having served as Senior Teacher at the Prince Of wales Secondary Schools Freetown, Sierra Leone from 1987 through 1993, preparing students for External Examinations for over 6 years. Abass V. O Kamara holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Judicial and Legal Studies, at the Sierra Leone Law School; LLB Hons; B.A. (Gen); HTC (Sec.) and LLM from Loyola University in Italy, and is currently serving as a Human Rights Officer at B-gifted Foundation. Abass VO Kamara’s hard earned experience in the field of human rights through legal services and his long term commitment working as consultant and researcher at various NGO’s is a welcome asset to the work of the B-Gifted Foundation
Abdulai Bayraytay (Board of Director)
Mr. Abdulai Bayraytay is appointed Senior Policy Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sierra Leone, and became the Personal Assistant to and Spokesman of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation since May, 2008. He is the currently the Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Information and Communication of the Government of Sierra Leone. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bayraytay was a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, and a Child Protection Worker at the Family Services Unit of the Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto (CCAS-T). Mr. Abdulai Bayraytay, who started his career in journalism as a reporter for almost 18 years and rose through the ranks to the position of Acting Editor in several newspapers, became reputably known as a human rights activist, pro-democracy, good governance and anti-corruption campaigner. He has worked extensively in peace building and democracy in Sierra Leone and in Canada, including Information and Research Officer at one of Sierra Leone’s leading Human Rights and Anti Corruption non-governmental Organisations, Campaign for Good Governance. Mr. Bayraytay, who graduated from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Political Science, also studied and graduated with a Master’s degree in Political Science majoring in International Relations from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. Full with the a passion to work with vulnerable and marginalised groups, especially children and women, he also enrolled and graduated with a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Toronto, Canada with a specialized interest in working with children and their families. As a result of his various work within Sierra Leone, regionally and internationally, including consultancy undertaken for the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Mr. Bayraytay became particularly recognized as a key player in his role as Rapporteur in the signing of the West African Moratorium on Small Arms and Light Weapons by the ECOWAS Heads of State in Abuja, the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 1998.
Patrick Lamboi (Board Of Director)
Patrick F. Lamboi has worked for several humanitarian and developmental organizations in Sierra Leone. He is currently the Program Assistant – Peace Building Fund Secretariat (PBFS) at the Office of the Executive Representative of the United Nations (ERSG), and United Nations Development Program- (UNDP) Sierra Leone. Prior to working with the Peace Building Fund, he served as Regional Program Advisor for West Africa and Area Coordinator-Southern Region at the Lutheran World Federation, Department for World Service’s (LWF/DWS’s) West African Bureau. Patrick also worked for the European Commission between 2000-2005 and Sierra Leone Government’s Rehabilitation and Resettlement Program (EC/SLRRP).
His proven leadership ability was further amply demonstrated in his effort and experience in developing and appraising post-war resettlement development proposals, ability in providing training and support on Participatory Strategic Planning Project PME, Poverty Community Development and Empowerment. In addition to this is his vast experience in the use of participatory techniques in collecting baseline data, planning and implementing projects and programs for development situations. Patrick received a distinguished B.sc. (Hons) Degree in Agricultural Economics from Njala University College-Sierra Leone, and is currently an MA candidate in Peace and Development from Njala University College-Sierra Leone. His passion and insight for humanitarian work has enamored him to serve as a B-Gifted Foundation’s Board of Advisor.
Senesie B. Kallon (Board Of Director
Mr. Senesie. B. Kallon is sustainability management professional with 8 years of experience in environmental, socio-economic development and natural resources management and research. He currently works as a Community Development Supervisor (Head of Community Development Section) at the Sierra Rutile Ltd mine, the world’s largest single producer of mineral sand Rutile. In this position he planned and task managed community development projects in more than 200 communities in 8 chiefdoms within the mining concession of Sierra Rutile Ltd and the sister bauxite mines, VIMETCO, as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the two sister mining companies. Projects implemented included community water sanitation projects, infrastructural development, emergency response (including relief aid assistance following mine related disasters) and involuntary resettlement of mine project-affected communities. Prior to holding the position as Community Development Supervisor, he held the position of Environmental Health and Safety Supervisor (Head of Environmental Section) where he demonstrated excellent environmental management skills within the framework of the SRL Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) and best practiced guidelines such as World Bank’s IFC EHS guidelines and ISO 14000 & 14001.
Between 2004 and 2006, Mr. Kallon worked as Environmental Officer at CEMMATS Group Ltd., Sierra Leone’s largest engineering firm that handles complex projects in engineering and environment and socio-economic development issues. In this position he planned and task managed several project- and sector-level environmental and socio-economic assessments and audits, and miscellaneous policy related studies in mining (artisanal, small scale and large scale mines including sand and aggregates mining), water sanitation and other environmental and socio-economic development issues. He was also a strategist in the development of over a dozen Environmental & Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) studies for various mining and engineering projects, and Strategic Environmental & Social Assessments (SESA) for the entire mineral sector of Sierra Leone in which endeavor he collaborated with various local and international experts (including World Bank) on environmental, health & sanitation and socio-economic management issues. Mr. Kallon is a strong exponent of (and background in) citizen’s (stakeholder) participation in environmental and social-economic development mainstreaming in development projects who has excellent knowledge in the application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for environmental and development projects planning and natural resources management.
Mr. Kallon has been also involved in several consultancy services on sustainability management and policy related issues for various clients including the World Bank Group, the German Technical Corporation (GTZ), AgriEnviron (UK), USAID, DfID etc. He holds two masters degrees in Environmental Management and Environmental Sanitation (Rural Water Sanitation) respectively from the University of Ghent, Belgium and a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Sierra Leone. After graduating with excellent grades from his undergraduate studies, Mr. Kallon was retained by the University of Sierra Leone for 2 years as a Research and Teaching Assistant from 2000 -2001 and a lecturer from 2001-2002 before leaving the country for further studies abroad. He also has a gifted intellectual and research domain and has published in international journals including the Journal of Environmental Health (JEH), NEHA, Colorado, USA.
Mohamed Lamin Soh – (Board of Director)
Mohamed Lamin Soh is a native Sierra Leonean. Mohamed Lamin Soh, has a broad range of relief and development experience both at the national and international levels with increasing leadership responsibilities, six years of Administrative experience with international Organizations. In 2001, he received a certificate in project management at the Institute of Public Administration and Management, University of Sierra Leone. From 1990 -1995, pursued his studies at Fourah Bay college USL, receiving a Bachelor in Science and Economics and honors in biology. From March 2001-2002, he was community services Community supervisor, GTZ –MPL, in partnership with CARD –SL, building the capacity of local communities and structures to enable them plan and implement sustainable development activities and also promote socio political cohesion at community levels. From 2002-2004, he was Head Instructor, Gender and Child Protection Technical Trainer at the center in Kono District, at the GTZ International Services and community Action for Development in Sierra Leone, where he administered all affairs of the training center, ensuring that all staff perform the duties accordingly. From 2005-2008, he was the STAR Project national Coordinator at Action Aid International in Sierra Leone. There he served on a variety of teams including the STAR Management and Coordinating Team, Country Project HIV/AIDS team.
Mohamed Lamin says “my experience in working with these organizations have made me acquire the ability to cope with an enormous variety of tasks, both routine and unusual, easy and challenging, coupled with the personality required to work within and motivate the team, while also being able to relate individually to authorities and colleagues.”
Ahmed Musa Sowa has worked for many years with the UNDP where he monitored a United Nations Development Programme funded Agricultural Project on Youth engagement on job creation in the Kenema District. He has worked collaboratively with the United Nations District Team (UNDT), in the planning and implementation of specific projects. In 2005 he worked collaboratively with the United Nations Arms for Development in sensitizing communities especially those still in possession of arms to submit them.
Ahmed also coordinated and ensured the Reintegration and Transition to Peace-Building projects for Youths in the Kenema District became successful. He has worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to implement peacebuilding projects for ex-combatants in their communities in Kenema Eastern Sierra Leone.
Ahmed Musa Sowa has served with UNAIDS, and worked with National AIDS Secretariat, towards the implementation of HIV/AIDS project in the Kenema District, resulting in the follow outstanding achievements: Reaching sixteen (16) chiefdoms that benefited from the Youth agricultural projects, the implementation of Peace Building projects such capacity building of youth in the form of training/workshop, ensured that forty (40) female heads of household benefited from an HIV/AIDS project, facilitated the employment and payment of one hundred and fifty (150) youths in Kenema.
From June 21, 2004, to March 3 2005, Ahmed Musa Sowa, worked as Community Facilitator with United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) in Daru/Kenema. He has also facilitated the development of project proposals from Community Based Organizations on confidence-building measures such as sports and reconciliation.
From November 13, 2001, to June 30 2003, he served as Referral and Counseling Officer- National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (NCDDR)- in both Kenema and Kailahun Districts in the Eastern Provinces of Sierra Leone.
In a teamwork, Ahmed Musa Sowa facilitated the successful disarmament and reintegration of over four-thousand (4,000) ex-combatants in the Kenema District. He also aided the American Refugee Council (ARC) to retrieve micro-credit loans given to wives of ex-combatants after the disarmament process. In his role, Ahmed supported the development of project proposals to fast-track reintegration of ex-combatants, providing regular updates and monthly reports on ex-combatants in formal education institutions, and skills training centres, whilst also ensuring ex-combatants in skills training programme received their toolkits and certificates of merit after their six (6) months training.
From September 13 1999 to – September 13 2000, Ahmed was Animator- International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Bo, where he ensured traumatized children were engaged in recreational activities as part of their daily programme at the Interim Care Centre. He also led children in group activities inside, and outside the Interim Care Centre, always provide guidance, physical and emotional securities to children in direct care, and seek assistance as required to ensure their protection. Ahmed Musa Sowa provided readily response to children who were distressed at the Interim Care Centre.
Between March 14 1990 to April 2 1991, he was Relief Distributor – CAUSE Canada – Bo. From June 15 1989 – July 2 1990, Ahmed was Assistant Food Aid Monitor for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Bo.
Monica Redmond-Sovie MT (ASCP), CT (ASCP), MBA-HCM (Volunteer)
Monica Redmond-Sovie currently works in the healthcare sector, personalized cancer treatments in the United States, but volunteers her time to the B-gifted foundation. During her time, with B-Gifted she has acted in many capacities from conducting research, drafting memos, conducting presentations, training and development, worked on various campaigns and in the field, managed external relationships and collaborations, to advising B-gifted foundation on policies and procedures that will govern our organization and our quest to expand internationally. Her motto is “Be the change that you want to see in the world”
Martin Kailie B.A, MPhil. (B-Gifted Foundation’s Program Associate)
Martin Kailie is a program Associate. He is a seasoned lecturer at the faculty of Linguistic Fourah bay College and founder of Teachers for Human Rights. He has a lot of experience in coordinating projects relating to gender and cultural heritage, and has encouraged gender issues in his work. He holds a BA an MPhil, from the University of Sierra Leone.
Maxwell Adew is one of B-Gifted Associate members since 2010. He is a young Social Entrepreneur, with 7 years of experience as a Young Educator and qualified teacher with innovative approaches to teaching global issues. He is the co-founder of Africa Rise International and also project leader ICT AFRICA. He studied computer science at the University of Gothenburg.
Maxwell is a Youth Partner to United Nations Alliance of Civilization, (UNAOC) Member of United State Institute of Peace (USIP), West African Regional Coordinator for the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative approaches to global challenges. (IAA). He is also the National coordinator Ghana and the Gambia Rio+20 Global youth Music Contest.
Michael Nyuma Gbondo (Information Technology Director)
Gbondo is B-Gifted Foundation’s Information Technology Consultant and Resource Manager. He has worked for Inter-Business World from1999-2004 as Technician Electronics and Sales Manager, and the Tiwai Memory Masters (TMM) from 2005 till date as Technician and Café Manager. His expertise includes PC maintenance, Networking, Wireless Connectivity (CISCO), Graphic Designs, CCTV Camera Installation and V-SAT Installation). In recognition of his work and Training, Michael received an outstanding awards from the Tiwai Memory Masters in Sierra Leone for achievement and excellence in A+, Networking and Wireless and satellite Installation. Since 2008, whilst serving with B-Gifted Foundation, he has been keen to further explore how his unique technology skills and background can better help in Philanthropic ventures. As B-Gifted Foundation Information Technology Resource Person, Michael hopes to continue bringing new and innovative insights in the work of the Foundation to transform positively the Sierra Leone society, by helping in strategic technology planning for the B-Gifted Foundation Information Technology Unit. His Proficiency in the use of Office Suite: MS Word, MS Power Point, MS Publisher, MS Access, MS Excel and MS Paint has also served as a plus to the Foundation.
Ibrahim Success Sei Kamara
Success Sei is the Communications and development Officer at b-Gifted Foundation. He has also worked with The Gondobay Manga Foundation, a non-profit organization inspired by founder Isaiah Washington’s as Public Relations and Communications Officer for six years. He holds a B.A Hons in Mass Communications from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. His outstanding and exhaustive contribution to the Communications and development sector has been demonstrated in his involvement in Working with B-Gifted Foundation’s gender-based violence programs and also reporting on case study based on qualitative and quantitative data collected from literature reviews and field research conducted across Sierra Leone in 2009. This helps to unravel the “culture of silence” that shrouded gender-based violence and thus help to break the silence through reports from the field. The reportage provided, added to the openness and structures been put in place and working towards the prevention of gender-based violence. He has volunteered with Center for Human Rights and Peace Education (CHRPE) Green Scenery, UNICEF and Center for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL). He is also a second year legal student studying Law at Fourah Bay College/USL. Ibrahim represents one of the youngest Communications activists who has worked directly with survivors of SGBV in the field, monitoring, Documenting, reporting and Exposing Incidents of Gender-based Violence- As part of his roles as Facilitator, coordinating and holding sessions on cases of gender-based violence including rape and serious incidents of sexual violence. He is also the Director of Giraffe Heroes International in Sierra Leone