Ishmail Jabbie is the founder and CEO of Education First Sierra Leone. His desire to eradicate illiteracy from his home country of Sierra Leone prompted him to take a nonprofit executive course at Georgetown University to pursue that dream. He is a retired Assistant Principal and a former mathematics teacher from the Prince George’s County Public Schools system. He taught pre-algebra and algebra at Robert Goddard Middle School for seven years and served as assistant principal for thirteen years at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Ishmail Jabbie studied at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Econometrics; a Master of Business Administration from Hampton University; Certification in School Administration and Supervision from Bowie State University and an Executive Certification for Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. His believes that the education of the children of Sierra Leone is the indisputable route to prosperity, unity, freedom and justice for all Sierra Leoneans. He wants to motivate students and teachers to attain this goal. He is a husband and father of three boys. He likes to read, travel, golf, play the guitar and chess.
Thomas Bendu, MSW, MPH is a licensed graduate Social Worker with the Howard County Department of Social Services, Department of Human Resources (DHR) where he coordinate, monitor and provide In-home Family Services to children and their families with the goal of preventing out-of-home placement of children. Thomas has spent the past 15 years working to better the lives of vulnerable children and their families; he has worked for both government and non government child welfare agencies in Maryland and District of Columbia (D.C). An exceptional social worker and public health professional, Thomas has assisted in public health research with vulnerable populations including the use of Medically Underserved Areas/Populations and Health Professional Shortage Areas to reveal the health care needs of urban areas by geocoding over 140 census tract designations onto a map of Baltimore City (Maryland) and comparing that health outcome with a similar geocoding of Detroit (Michigan). Thomas has also managed teams for social service agencies; volunteered with community agencies serving homeless and medically challenged populations; served in various roles as a supervisor, to case manager for special and vulnerable populations; and continue to provide services to families and children in a public social service agency. Thomas holds a Master of Social Work degree from Howard University and a Master of Public Health from Walden University.
Sonny DM Rogers, MSW is a Social Worker with the Arlington County Government, Department of Human Services in the Aging & Disability Services Division where he promotes the maximum level of independent living for older adults and persons over 22 with interllectual and developmental disabilities. Before that Sonny was was a Clinician and Acting Program Coordinator for Pschotherapuetic Outreach Services in Washington DC where he assisted dually diagnosed clients in developing coping skills and living strategies whereby they can achieve maximum autonomy in their home environment and also trained supervised old employees and trained new ones. Sonny has a Master in Social Worker from Howard University with a specialization in Displaced Populations and a even more specific focus on Mental health issues among the Displaced Population and a Bachelor of Arts from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He was a teacher of high school students at the Government School of Bo for six years before coming to the US.
Gemina Archer-Davies is a Human Resources Management Consultant who has been an International Civil Servant for over thirty years. Most recently, she was the first female Director of the Human Resources Department at the African Development Bank (in Tunisia) where she contributed to strengthening the Bank’s HR management processes and helped restructure HR into a more efficient and client-centric department. Prior to the AfDB, she worked for several years at the International Monetary Fund (in Washington, DC), where for the last ten years of her tenure she was Division Chief at the IMF Institute. In her various capacities at the IMF, she was instrumental in rationalizing and simplifying employee benefits; improving work processes; and restructuring work units for efficiency gains. Gemina Archer-Davies studied in the USA, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (BA) from the George Washington University; a Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) from the Catholic University of America; and a Master of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development (MSOD) from the American University. In line with her passion for humanitarian causes, Gemina is a Founding Partner of Capitol Finance Company—a microcredit company which was established in 2013 to empower women and small business owners. As a motivational speaker, she developed the Three-P Challenge to reiterate the importance of maintaining a balance in the Personal, Professional, and Public dimensions (3-P’s) of life. She is a competent Toastmaster and is a member of numerous professional associations and voluntary organizations – particularly those pertaining to women’s empowerment and education. She is a wife and mother who enjoys travelling and reading.
Sadruddin Bangurah attended Tower Hill Primary School, and St. Edwards Secondary School. Came to the USA in 1981 attended Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio where he obtained his BA in accounting and economics in 1986. He continued his education at Strayer University in Washington DC while doing temporary accounting jobs. He joined Ceilings & Partitions Inc. In 1986 and now serves as secretary-treasurer/controller. He owns Bangurah accounting & tax services. He enjoys golf, tennis & soccer. He loves spending time with his family and teaching children in his religious group. He is married with three children.
Christian Thomas has over 20 years experience in the hospitality industry and has held several key positions such as Convention Services Manager and Director of Banquet. He served as Executive Director at the Hilton Alexandria Hotel, Virginia overseeing the operations of the Food and Beverage and Catering Departments with annual revenue of over $21 million. Mr Thomas earned his Associate Degree in Business Administration from Benjamin Franklin University and had obtained. Industry certifications, CHS and CHM from the American Hotel and Lodging Association in recognition of the highest level of professionalism in the industry.