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.
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.