Courani Diarra

Strategic Communications Officer

Courani Diarra joins Speak Up Africa in July 2021 as a Strategic Communications Officer. Under the supervision of the Strategic Communication Manager, she ensures the visibility of the organization, its various programs and partnerships.
Courani is passionate about communication and has worked in various fields: from strategy, to project management, to copywriting.
Her previous experience as a project manager and copywriter in a communications agency has allowed her to lead offline and digital communications campaigns and write messages adapted to the needs of clients in all types of sectors (agri-food, automotive, banking, telecommunications, entertainment, oil, public communication…).
Courani holds a Master’s degree in Communication and Digital Content from the School of Communication and Journalism of Aix-Marseille.

Courani Diarra

Strategic Communications Officer

Courani Diarra joins Speak Up Africa in July 2021 as a Strategic Communications Officer. Under the supervision of the Strategic Communication Manager, she ensures the visibility of the organization, its various programs and partnerships.
Courani is passionate about communication and has worked in various fields: from strategy, to project management, to copywriting.
Her previous experience as a project manager and copywriter in a communications agency has allowed her to lead offline and digital communications campaigns and write messages adapted to the needs of clients in all types of sectors (agri-food, automotive, banking, telecommunications, entertainment, oil, public communication…).
Courani holds a Master’s degree in Communication and Digital Content from the School of Communication and Journalism of Aix-Marseille.

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Yacine Djibo

Founder & Executive Director

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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