Gráinne Hutton

Program Officer

Gráinne joined Speak Up Africa in November 2019 and is responsible for implementing Speak Up Africa’s Neglected Tropical Disease Advocacy program in Senegal, Guinea and Niger. Previously Gráinne worked at KYNE, a global health communications agency based in Ireland. There her areas of focus included NTDs, neurology, haematology, smoking cessation, environmental health and vaccinations, including leading their work on the Confederation of African Football’s AFCON 2017 pan-African vaccination campaign and working on the Carter Center Guinea Worm Eradication Program.
While studying for her Masters, Gráinne coordinated the Students for Global Health Lecture Series focusing on different aspects of global health — including climate change, health inequalities, governance, human rights and NCD policy, and started the Cambridge branch of Healthy Planet, promoting awareness of climate change and sustainability and their effect on health and healthcare. Gráinne holds a BSc in International Relations and Modern Languages from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MPhil in Public Health from the University of Cambridge.

Gráinne Hutton

Program Officer

Gráinne joined Speak Up Africa in November 2019 and is responsible for implementing Speak Up Africa’s Neglected Tropical Disease Advocacy program in Senegal, Guinea and Niger. Previously Gráinne worked at KYNE, a global health communications agency based in Ireland. There her areas of focus included NTDs, neurology, haematology, smoking cessation, environmental health and vaccinations, including leading their work on the Confederation of African Football’s AFCON 2017 pan-African vaccination campaign and working on the Carter Center Guinea Worm Eradication Program.
While studying for her Masters, Gráinne coordinated the Students for Global Health Lecture Series focusing on different aspects of global health — including climate change, health inequalities, governance, human rights and NCD policy, and started the Cambridge branch of Healthy Planet, promoting awareness of climate change and sustainability and their effect on health and healthcare. Gráinne holds a BSc in International Relations and Modern Languages from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MPhil in Public Health from the University of Cambridge.

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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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