Yacine Djibo • Founder & President • Senegal

Yacine Djibo is the Founder and President of Speak Up Africa.

Prior to starting her own organization, Yacine worked as the Senegal Country Director for Malaria No More. She pioneered several high profile national programs 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. 

Previously, Yacine consulted for NetGuarantee, an innovative finance mechanism that accelerates delivery of mosquito nets to families in Africa.

Prior to joining the fight against child mortality, she worked in the private sector in finance, real estate development and insurance as Managing Director of a life insurance company.

Kate Campana • CEO • US

Kate Campana joined Speak Up Africa after six years as Managing Director at Malaria No More where she played a pivotal role in establishing MNM as a strategic player focused on ending malaria deaths in Africa.

Kate established MNM's strategic institutional direction and led the development and execution of a $15 million dollar portfolio in capacity building, innovative finance and African based strategic advocacy.

Kate conceived, designed, and implemented NetGuarantee LLC to partner with private sector financial institutions including Goldman Sachs, the Soros Economic Development Fund and a number of private financial and insurance entities to offer African countries innovative finance options and accelerate the delivery of life-saving commodities to at-risk populations in Africa.

Prior to MNM, Kate worked as a Vice President at Bankers Trust Company managing a portfolio of housing and retail investments in New York City. Kate served for two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Fara Ndiaye • Director of Strategy & Development • Senegal 

Fara holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science and International Development Studies from McGill University in Canada and a Masters degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland. Her studies focused on international migration law and international development. 

Prior to joining the fight for child health in Africa, Fara led extensive research on migration issues. Working on all ends of the spectrum from smaller size non-governmental organization to the International Organization for Migration has shaped her passion for international public health and managing successful partnerships.

In 2010, Fara moved back to her home country, Senegal, to join Malaria No More’s (MNM) Senegal Office as a communications manager where she led the implementation of MNM communications strategy and coordinated the development and dissemination of messages and advocacy tools.

From 2011 to 2015, Fara was the Director of Programs for Speak Up Africa. In 2016, she deepened her interest in advocacy for sustainable development and moved to Strategy & Development and now focuses more on creating enabling policy environments that increase collective impact through private sector investment as well positive government and individual action.

Maelle Ba • Project Consultant • Senegal

After a first experience in the UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar, as a communication and knowledge management intern, Maelle joined the Speak Up Africa’s team to reinforce and develop the communication branch.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in both History and English and a Masters degree in History and Comparative Civilizations. Most recently she obtained a MBA in International Institutions and NGOs Management. 

She is currently working on the design and development of communication programs/campaigns, implemented on the field, while developing and sustaining partnerships with key international stakeholders.

Anta Gaye • Office Manager • Senegal

Anta joins Speak Up Africa with 9 years of experience in customer relations management and administration.

Her past activities include contributing to the organization of several high profile launch, fundraising, and networking events, as well as casting for TV commercial production.

Anta presently works at Speak Up Africa as an administrative assistant, optimizing the daily operations of our Senegalese office.

Roxanne O'Connell • Program Manager •  Ethiopia & US

Roxanne joined Speak Up Africa after working in Ethiopia for several years at the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network, an environmental think tank, based in Addis Ababa University. Working closely with the Ministry of Environment & Forests, she helped established two environmental analyses institutions.  

Roxanne holds a Masters of International Affairs with a concentration in Human Rights from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Prior to completing her Masters degree, Roxanne served for two years in the United States Peace Corps in in rural Senegal as a health education volunteer. She helped pilot a universal mosquito net distribution project that reached 30,000 people resulting in drastic decreases in the prevalence of Malaria. Congress recognized this project as one of the most effective intervention under the President's Malaria Initiative in 2009.

Adedayo Oluwole  • Country Representative • Nigeria

Dayo has over 17 years work experience in corporate affairs within multi-national and international development organizations. She facilitates classes at the Lagos Business School's Sustainability Centre and The Pan Atlantic University. She has several years of experience working on public health issues such as malaria, pneumonia, and nutrition. Dayo is responsible for driving the Nigeria program strategy as well as interfacing with key stakeholders in both the public and private sectors working in the pneumonia space. 


Catherine Howe • Program Manager •  US

Catherine joined Speak Up Africa as a Program Manager in December 2015 following work Malaria No More implementing programs across Africa aimed at ending malaria deaths. Prior to her work at MNM, she completed a four-month Kopernik Fellowship in the Philippines assessing two solar light projects in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Catherine holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Global Affairs from New York University with a focus on International Development.

During her graduate career, she worked on fundraising and development at Indego Africa, researching and writing grants to support the organization’s goal of women’s economic empowerment in Rwanda. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Language and International Trade with a concentration in French from Clemson University.


Ali Sidikou • Senior Financial Manager • Senegal

Ali Sidikou joined Speak Up Africa in February 2016 as Senior Financial Manager. He has a broad professional expertise acquired after over fifteen years in the financial departments of leading subsidiaries of large multinational groups in West Africa, (Guinea, Ivory Coast, Niger and Senegal). Ali has been active in various sectors: telecommunication (Etisalat Group, Monaco Telecom), industry and the information and communication technology (People Input).

As Senior Financial Manager of Speak Up Africa, Ali provides leadership and coordination in all aspects related to finance, including risk management, treasury, budget control, accounting, reporting, human resources management and administrative duties.

After a Master in Management and Business Administration obtained at Université Pierre Mendes-France (Grenoble 2 France) Ali completed a Postgraduate Degree in Economics at University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada).