Ahuma completed his graduate studies in the University of London and, has worked for three decades in the Development and Humanitarian sector. He served in various leadership capacities in World Vision, Carter Center, MAP International, World Relief, CARE USA and Plan USA where he served as President/CEO. At CARE USA he led an Emergency Capacity Building initiative that brought 7 agencies (CRS, IRC, Save the Children, Mercy Corps, World Vision and CARE) together. This project was funded by the Gates Foundation. (2002 to 2005) After spending years fighting global poverty, he has concluded that Enterprise needs to be deployed as an additional tool to fight global poverty and improve the lives of the poor. He founded AFRILINK Entrepreneurs International in 2010, to advance this agenda.
Barrett is now Professor Emeritus at Brown University and continues to teach at Brown. In 1991-1992 he held the Robert Foster Cherry Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Baylor University. From 1972 to 1992 he was also Associate Dean of the College at Brown. His teaching and research interests are in management, technology planning in the third world, and entrepreneurship.
He has taught at the University of Zambia, the University of Malawi, the University of Botswana, and Africa University in Zimbabwe. Other foreign countries in which he has done teaching or consulting are Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, The Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand. He has written a series of cases dealing with entrepreneurship.
He received awards for teaching from thirteen senior classes at Brown, 1972 to 1984, and 1990. In 1985 the award was named after him. He was a Fulbright lecturer in 1988-89 and 1993. He received an honorary Sc.D. from the State University of New York in Stony Brook in 1987. At the 2015 Brown University Commencement, he received the Susan Colver Rosenberger medal.
Alissa currently manages the Youth Programs component with Community Impact at Columbia University a non-profit organization that serves Upper Manhattan providing it’s residents with a wide range of free critical services. She has served the non-profit world for about 10 years in the areas of program development, strategic planning, and operations. Additionally, Alissa has 12 years of experience and training in counseling, and research and evaluation. She holds a bachelors degree in Psychology and Africana Studies from Brown University and a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from The George Washington University.
Steve is the Founder/President of The Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company. Omanhene is the first company to sustain exports of premium chocolate manufactured entirely in Africa. It is credited with producing the world’s first single-origin chocolate bar in 1994 and with creating an entirely new chocolate category (dark milk chocolate).
Omanhene’s entrepreneurial accomplishments and path-breaking business model have been recognized by President Jimmy Carter, former ambassador Shirley Temple Black and the United Nations Global Compact. He was selected as one of the inaugural TED Fellows in 2007. He is a featured subject in the book, “Food Heroes” by Georgia Pellegrini and features prominently in the book “Chocolate Nations” by Orla Ryan.
Steve often speaks on economic development, cross-cultural issues and the challenges of starting a gourmet food business in Africa. He was a guest panelist at the US State Department sponsored AGOA Forum in Accra, Ghana and has been invited to present programs at many educational institutions including Brown, Harvard, Princeton, The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, The University of Michigan Graduate School of Business and Northwestern University.
Previously, he worked in broadcasting in the newsroom of WMAL-AM 63, a network-owned radio station in Washington, DC and then as an attorney with the boutique tax law firm of Silverstein & Mullens in Washington, DC. He later served as the vice-president of Midstates Sportswear. Steve served as vice-chair of the board of directors of AFS-USA, Inc. and on the board of trustees of AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc. the largest volunteer student exchange organization in the world.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in History magna cum laude (Phi Beta Kappa) from Brown University and a juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Steve lives in Milwaukee, WI.
Jon has served as an executive in the Sports industry in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Minneapolis at various teams and venues when undergoing a new build or renovation. Projects include Lincoln Financial Field, US Bank Stadium, Target Center and Rose Bowl Stadium.
He currently holds the position of Chief Investment Officer at PinPoint Equity Group where he handles the companies investments and acquisitions. Jon has been investing in residential real estate for 13 years where he had to endure some good and bad market swings. In addition, Jon has extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry where he served as a broker and developer in Minnesota with United Properties and Arizona with Opus Corporation. Jon is an Iowa native that brings a strong work ethic and vast relationships across the country. Jon graduated from Brown University where he played on the football team and earned a degree in Organizational Behavior and Management. Jon currently resides in Miami with his fiance Shamar and one year old daughter Zemira.
Adam is a fundraising professional with 16 years of experience in both higher education and secondary school institutions. In his development work – including at Smith and Trinity Colleges, as well as the Hotchkiss School, the Williston Northampton School, and most recently, The American College of Greece – he has held leadership roles and has demonstrated a proven track record in raising five- and six-figure commitments. He also created strategic plans for prospective donors, collaborated with members of the board of trustees, and improved the messaging and technology surrounding solicitation and stewardship of donors and fundraising programs. He has been a District 1 presenter for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and has held board positions with the Jewish Community Center in Springfield, MA and The Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation (LEEF). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.