Yacine Barro grew up and followed her primary and secondary studies in Senegal. Then graduated from INSEEC Paris (a French Business school), Yacine began her career as Sales Manager at CISCO SYSTEMS in Paris.

She then returned to Senegal in 2001 to open the first representation of MICROSOFT as Business Development Manager for West and Central Africa. In 2006, Yacine joined the headquarters of the Celtel Group (now Bharti) in Amsterdam to launch the corporate segment of the mobile phone operator in 21 African countries.

2008, a crucial year. With her experience, which enabled her to acquire a proven versatility in strategy, project management and business development, Yacine embarks on the Africa24 adventure, the first international news channel on Africa.

She now holds the position of Deputy Director and leads the daily deployment of Africa24 in the global media landscape.

Yacine Barro

Executive Director, Africa 24


Dr Nicolas Bussard started his career as an e-commerce university lecturer at Coventry University, England in 1998 at the age of 21. In parallel, he worked on his Ph.D. in IT and passed it at the age of 24. Soon after Nicolas became a serial web entrepreneur. Among other companies, Nicolas founded Feedzilla.com in 2004, a personal project he turned into the world leading news aggregator and news widget platform.

After focusing all of his entrepreneurial life on the western world, in January 2012, Nicolas co-founded www.skilledafricans.com, a professional pan-African social network with 600,000 members (with the ambition to have millions of them soon). SkilledAfricans enables African job seekers to network, improve their professional skills and find a job in Africa. 

Nicolas Bussard

Founder, Skilled Africans


Kate Campana recently joined Speak Up Africa after six years as a Managing Director at Malaria No More (MNM) where she played a key role in establishing MNM as a strategic player in the public health advocacy and communications space. This included establishing MNM’s strategic institutional direction, establishing major donor relationships with ExxonMobil and with the Gates Foundation and establishing a key leadership footprint in Africa. Over the past six years, Kate has been responsible for the strategic direction and overall management of all programmatic investments for this international organization focused on ending malaria deaths in Africa.

Kate led the strategic development and execution of a $15 million dollar portfolio in capacity building, innovative finance and African based strategic communications and advocacy.

In response to chronic funding issues associated with the scale-up of access to essential health commodities, Kate Campana conceived of, designed and implemented NetGuarantee LLC. NetGuarantee brokered partnerships with private sector financial institutions to offer African countries innovative finance options to accelerate the delivery of life-saving commodities to at-risk populations. Kate secured collateral finance for this program from a number of insurance entities and private financial institutions including Goldman Sachs and the Soros Economic Development Fund. 

Kate Campana

CEO, Speak Up Africa


Timothy "Scott" Case is a technologist, entrepreneur, inventor and co-founder of priceline.com, the "Name Your Own Price" Internet service. It is one of only a handful of startups in US history to reach a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months. As Chief Technology Officer, he was responsible for building the technology that enabled priceline.com's hyper-growth.

Moving beyond technology he successfully launched several priceline.com businesses. These included Priceline for Gasoline, by far the firm's fastest growing business. In 2006, Scott joined the Malaria No More team to inspire individuals and institutions in the private sector to end deaths cause by malaria. In January 2011, Case was named CEO of the Startup America Partnership where he and his Team supported a national network of vibrant startup communities that maximize startup success

He also serves as the Chairman of Network for Good (www.NetworkForGood.org), a national nonprofit that has distributed more than $100 million to 20,000 nonprofits.

Mr. Case was named a University of Connecticut “40 under 40” outstanding Alumni in 2008. He is also an inductee into the University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers, and currently serves as a Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year Mentor. In 2012, he was Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient at Georgetown University. His newest project is the company Main Street Gnome which he co-founded in 2014. 

Scott CASE

Co-Founder & CEO, Main street Genome

Chairman, Network For Good 


Considered a role model throughout the African continent, she has demonstrated compassion for others throughout her career. Yvonne has taught literacy, promoted the rights of women, and never stopped to work to protect children everywhere.

As UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador against malaria, and also Ambassador for Roll-Back Malaria (sponsored by the World Bank, United Nations, World Health Organization, and other institutions), Yvonne tirelessly campaigns for medications and bed nets that will help to end malaria — a preventable and curable disease that kills 3,000 people in Africa every day.

Inspired by these statistics she created her own charity, the Princess of Africa Foundation. Yvonne says, “We want to raise awareness and take initiative to eradicate this needless disease. People need to know more about malaria because it kills almost one million Africans a year, most of them children.”

Yvonne has also served as Ambassador for the University of South Africa (UNISA); City of Johannesburg Tourism, and Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Campaign. Yvonne embraces the belief that every citizen should play a part in building community, so when she was asked to become an honorary Colonel in the South Africa Air Force, she didn’t hesitate. Her duties include team-building and attaining excellence in communication.

Those who are closest to Yvonne recognize that she exudes a wisdom that flows from the highest source. Yvonne is a dramatic example of the power of one. Passionate about changing her world, she works ceaselessly to build a better future for Africa. 

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Artist! Humanitarian 


Mr. Magatte Diop, Founder and President of Peacock Investments, is an accomplished banker and a confirmed entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in international finance and management. Mr. Diop has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Stern Business School at New-York University. He has served as Chairman of the Group since 2003 after holding the position of CEO from 1997 to 2003. Between 1993 and 1997, Mr. Magatte Diop was the Managing Director of M.R.Beal International which he founded after leaving CitiCorp, and managed it with success.

He is decorated with the medal of merit by the Republic of Senegal. Mr. Diop is also the President of the African Chamber of Commerce in New York and is very active in a number of initiatives aimed at promoting commerce and investments between the United States and Africa. He is a board member of IntraHealth North Carolina, an NGO with presence in 24 countries and serves as President of the audit and finance committee on the board of Dalberg Development Advisors. 

Magatte Diop

President & Founder, Peacock Investments

Chairman, Speak Up Africa 


A citizen of both Senegal and the United States, Yacine Djibo is the Founder and President of Speak Up Africa. Previously, Yacine consulted for NetGuarantee, an innovative finance mechanism that accelerates delivery of mosquito nets to families in Africa. She also worked as the Senegal Country Director for Malaria No More. She coordinated several high-profile events throughout the country that leveraged local health infrastructure, national media and the power of music and corporate marketing to create an engaging platform for malaria prevention and treatment.

Yacine holds a Bachelor degree of Arts and Science in International Relations and a Master of Business Administration from Boston University.

Prior to working in international development, she worked in the private sector in Finance, Real Estate Development and Insurance as Managing Director of a life insurance company between 2006 and 2010. 

Yacine Diop Djibo

President & Founder, Speak Up Africa 


For over three decades, Gaye has advocated for, built, and leveraged strong partnerships with governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to catalyze change and enable health workers to better serve communities in need.

A native of Senegal, Gaye began his career in international development as a trainer of Peace Corps volunteers in Senegal and Benin. As the director of IntraHealth International’s regional office for West, Central, and North Africa, Gaye focused on improving the performance of health workers and health systems to more effectively serve clients and communities with quality care.

Gaye continues to pursue his lifelong commitment by collaborating with leaders in developing countries to encourage sustainable development in vulnerable communities. He also continues to advocate for family planning, especially in his native West Africa, as a high-impact solution to address health and population challenges. 

Pape Gaye

President & CEO, Intrahealth 


Kristin Giantris is the Vice President for the Northeast Region of the Nonprofit Finance Fund. She is responsible for managing and overseeing delivery of NFF's services and all marketing and fundraising in metropolitan New York and New England. Ms. Giantris' professional experience combines over 15 years of economic development and debt financing in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Most recently, Ms. Giantris was a Vice President at Citigroup Global Markets Inc., where she managed cross-border, US- dollar debt issuance for various financial, corporate and governmental clients.

Prior to her time at Citigroup, Ms. Giantris served as a multi-country Program Officer in Washington, DC and as a Country Director in Albania for the nonprofit firm ACDI/VOCA, managing agribusiness technical assistance and small business development programs. Ms. Giantris earned a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from Kenyon College. 

Kristin Giantris

Vice President, Northeast Region, Nonprofit Finance Fund 


Adam Hashem attened Fairleigh Dickenson University, Rutgers University, and has completed Masters in Business Administration with concentration in Management & Finance from American Intercontinental University in 2009. Also taken executive courses in Harvard University, Aptech, London Business School, and Boston University.

Previously President of MCA Orascom Accounts managing & generating growth from 20M USD in 2005 to 500M USD per year in new business in 10 countries (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Korea, and Canada) with a total value of almost 2B USD during 2006-2010, and has become the top 10 global accounts for Ericsson today. Current Position is Managing Director of Ericsson Senegal, Gabon & Central Africa Republic, as well as Head of Government accounts in West Africa.

Founder of IDEA (Initiative of Development for Emerging Africa) based out of Florida, USA. Focused on economic solutions that build sustainability for basic necessities (Water, Health & Education). Primarily focusing on water solutions for humanitarian assistance & disaster response solutions. The purpose of IDEA is to illustrate an IDEAology of economic, social, and cultural development via public & private collaborations through social entrepreneurship. 

Adam Hashem

Managing Director Senegal, Gabon & Central Africa, Ericsson Founder, IDEA 


Yana Watson Kakar is Dalberg's Global Managing Partner, based in Dalberg's New York office. Yana supports leaders in the private and public sectors in developing strategy, quantifying investment and business opportunities, designing programs, facilitating partnerships, and evaluating impact.

Currently, Yana is facilitating a multi-donor effort to structure an innovative financing mechanism for agricultural investments in frontier markets. She is also leading an organizational effectiveness review for a development agency focused on gender equality and empowerment. Recently, Yana led an engagement in Afghanistan for the U.S. Agency for International Development, developing an agricultural investment strategy with metrics for increased food security and economic development. In addition, she has been involved in Haiti's post-earthquake reconstruction through initiatives ranging from branchless banking for financial inclusion to balanced scorecards for performance management.

Yana holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from McGill University in Political Science. 

Yana Watson Kakar

Global Managing Partner, Dalberg Global Development Advisors 


Olivier Laouchez is a media personality and the CEO of Trace TV. In 1990, Mr. Laouchez joined forces with financial partners Crédit Agricole and Groupama to create Antilles TV, the first private television channel in the Caribbean, authorized by the CSA in 1992.

In 1998, he began directing Secteur Ä, the first independent urban music label in France, and went on to launch a new TV channel dedicated to music and urban culture. Olivier Laouchez launched TRACE TV in 2003 with the format of an urban international channel, which quickly became a success both in France and abroad. In late June 2009, TRACE TV and TRACE Tropical were available in 30 satellite platforms and times by 200 distributors via cable, satellite, and mobile, covering 145 countries.

Mr. Laouchez is also the Founder of the Association for Diversity promoting diversity within the creative arts industries. He is a founding member of the Entrepreneurship and Diversity Club alongside Banque Postale, CDC, PPR, and L'Oreal. He was a speaker at the Forbes European Forum 2006 in Copenhagen, on the theme of diversity and richness for international companies. 

Olivier Laouchez

CEO, Trace TV