Franz Okey

Chargé de plaidoyer

OKEY L. Franz, joined Speak Up Africa in September 2020 as an Advocacy Officer for the ‘’Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative ». His mission is to mobilize companies for a better private sector contribution to the control and elimination of malaria in Benin. Franz is a member of the African Network of Project Management Professionals and certified « Civic Leadership » of the YALI program and holds a master’s degree in project management with a basic background in accounting and management.

He has years of practical experience in non-governmental organizations, companies and even international organizations with an enriching experience in leadership, citizen participation, citizen control of public action, awareness, advocacy, effective project management, mobilization of resources, coordination of partnerships and humanitarian missions. Franz has worked on issues related to governance, peace, elections, education, health, equity and gender.

Franz Okey

Chargé de plaidoyer

OKEY L. Franz, joined Speak Up Africa in September 2020 as an Advocacy Officer for the ‘’Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative ». His mission is to mobilize companies for a better private sector contribution to the control and elimination of malaria in Benin. Franz is a member of the African Network of Project Management Professionals and certified « Civic Leadership » of the YALI program and holds a master’s degree in project management with a basic background in accounting and management.

He has years of practical experience in non-governmental organizations, companies and even international organizations with an enriching experience in leadership, citizen participation, citizen control of public action, awareness, advocacy, effective project management, mobilization of resources, coordination of partnerships and humanitarian missions. Franz has worked on issues related to governance, peace, elections, education, health, equity and gender.

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Yacine Djibo

Fondatrice et Directrice exécutive

Yacine Djibo founded Speak Up Africa in 2011 with one goal in mind: to discover and implement effective, sustainable solutions to the most challenging problems facing the African people. Focusing on strategic communications, policy and advocacy, Speak Up Africa is dedicated to empowering African leaders and citizens to take on issues such as malaria, neglected tropical diseases and sanitation in order to save and improve lives.

Previously, Yacine worked as the Senegal country director for Malaria No More, where she developed and managed several high-profile national programs to promote malaria prevention and treatment. She built and maintained relationships with national and local government officials; designed and oversaw the distribution of lifesaving commodities countrywide; and cultivated partnerships with private-sector companies, media outlets, musicians and celebrities to develop marketing programs that raise awareness about malaria.

Prior to devoting her career to the health and well-being of children and families in Africa, Yacine honed her skills in the areas of business administration, finance and real estate at several private-sector companies, including Intercontinental Life Insurance Company, where she served as managing director; SAGEF Construction and Real Estate Development Company, where she was director of sales; and Fidelity Investments, where she served as a business analyst.

Yacine earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations and her MBA from Boston University.

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