Kamal Deen Habib

Advocacy Officer

Kamal Deen Habib joined Speak Up Africa team in July 2021. As an Advocacy Officer, he works on the Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative in Ghana. Kamal had worked at YEFL-Ghana as Technical Advisor in charge of youth Advocacy from 2010 to 2017 where he joined Plan International and worked on the Girls Advocacy Alliance project from 2017 to 2020. At ACDI-VOCA, he also served as Enterprise Development Coordinator under the Ghana Poultry Project from 2020 to July 2021.

Holding a Master of Business Administration from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Ghana and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, Kamal pursued other career enhancement certificates like Public Policy Analysis from Strathmore University in Kenya, Results Based Monitoring & Evaluation from Uganda Management Institute in Kampala, Project management at Accra Business School, and Aid Effectiveness at Danida Fellowship Centre in Denmark.

Kamal has rich professional experience in economic empowerment, policy advocacy, project development, research, and monitoring & evaluation. He is also interested in gender equity, child protection, youth, Education, Health and Agriculture.

Kamal Deen Habib

Advocacy Officer

Kamal Deen Habib joined Speak Up Africa team in July 2021. As an Advocacy Officer, he works on the Zero Malaria Business Leadership Initiative in Ghana. Kamal had worked at YEFL-Ghana as Technical Advisor in charge of youth Advocacy from 2010 to 2017 where he joined Plan International and worked on the Girls Advocacy Alliance project from 2017 to 2020. At ACDI-VOCA, he also served as Enterprise Development Coordinator under the Ghana Poultry Project from 2020 to July 2021.

Holding a Master of Business Administration from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Ghana and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, Kamal pursued other career enhancement certificates like Public Policy Analysis from Strathmore University in Kenya, Results Based Monitoring & Evaluation from Uganda Management Institute in Kampala, Project management at Accra Business School, and Aid Effectiveness at Danida Fellowship Centre in Denmark.

Kamal has rich professional experience in economic empowerment, policy advocacy, project development, research, and monitoring & evaluation. He is also interested in gender equity, child protection, youth, Education, Health and Agriculture.

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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.

Nadia Rozendaal

Advisor

Nadia Rozendaal has more than 20 years of experience in successfully leading and managing international advocacy and fundraising campaigns and has long-term experience in global health, research, development, policy analysis, program management, evaluation and resource mobilization. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Speak Up Africa, focusing on The Expanded Special Project for the Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) project. Before joining Speak Up Africa Nadia led the European efforts of Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation resulting to increased financial support for TB vaccine research and development. Nadia also serves as an independent consultant to a variety of global health and biotech organizations focusing on fundraising, business development, and communications and has a broad, influential network in the government, private, and philanthropic sectors.

Nadia became a consultant after serving as a Director for Policy Advocacy Europe for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). From 1994 to 2006 Nadia occupied different positions in Brussels, including Head of cabinet and political adviser in the European Parliament, where she drafted European legislation and policy frameworks in various parliamentary committees on economic affairs, competitiveness, trade, employment, and foreign relations. She was also a Member of the External Speakers Team of the European Commission, a Governmental Affairs expert to various industry and non-profit organizations, and a trainer for European journalism and public affairs schools.

During her time in Brussels Nadia was additionally an election observer of the European Commission and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in conflict areas in several African and Asian countries. Nadia has studied at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), the University Complutense (Madrid) and the Leopold-Franzens University Innsbruck (Austria) and holds master degrees in Modern Roman Languages (cum laude), International Politics and Law, and International Business Administration (cum laude). Nadia is a native German speaker and fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch.

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