Co-Founder, Dena Montague, earned a PhD in Political Science from UCLA and a BA from Brown University. Prior to her doctoral studies she was a Research Associate at the World Policy Institute where she analyzed questions concerning the impact of extractive sector management on democracy, development and human rights in Africa. Her published articles can be found in magazines and journals including, The SAIS Review of International Affairs and Brown Journal of World Affairs. Dr. Montague has conducted research in several African countries including Nigeria, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, as well as extensive research in Paris. She was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Duke University. She is currently a Research Associate at University of California, Santa Barbara with the Center for Black Studies Research.
Co-Founder, Boureima Kabre, has over twenty years of experience working in rural development in his home country, Burkina Faso. Raised in rural Burkina Faso, Mr. Kabre understands first hand the challenges faced by communities in rural area. Committed to implementing strategies for sustainable development, Mr. Kabre founded Burkina Énergie & Technologies Appropriées. He is well known in his community of Kouittenga Province and throughout Burkina Faso for his tireless work empowering rural communities through the use of renewable energy. He established the first solar powered internet cafe in his region, which employs and trains community members. Mr. Kabre has written many detailed socio-economic studies on the use of energy and potential of energy access in rural areas of Burkina Faso. These studies have been used to support the work of international development agencies, including USAID. Mr. Kabre was honored by Powéo of France with their 2009 Grand Prize, for his important work expanding solar access. He holds a Masters 2 in Social Sciences and Economics from Institut Catholique de Paris.
Director, Diaspora STEAM Initiative, Aimé N'Tsiangana, is an artist, poet and political activist from Paris. He studied Sociology and Linguistics at the Sorbonne. He works as a journalist at Radio FPP for a program focused on colonialism and its aftermath. Aimé directs poetry workshops for young people from difficult neighborhoods in the Paris area. His poetry is influenced by the artistic traditions of Congo; his Guadeloupean mentor, Guy Konket, initiator of the gwo ka movement (percussions marking strong African musical traditions in the Caribbean - influencing liberation movements in Guadeloupe during the 1970s); and classical French writers, François Villon, Verlaine and Baudelaire.