A Jeanne Sauvé Scholar, Andrew Benson Greene Jr is the founder of B-Gifted Foundation. He has 10+ years experience in the non-profit sector, youth and children in wars as well as the issue of the human rights of children in areas of conflicts. He has worked extensively in national and international research on human rights of children and has also traveled extensively to share his vision and innovative approaches of using the internet and new educational technologies for peace promotion, children and war-scarred youth. He has contributed to numerous prestigious international conferences, seminars,international lectures on thematic issues of children's rights, ICT and innovative technology for youth, peacebuilding and the predicaments faced by child soldiers around the world. Andrew is a well-known speaker having presented at the 7th, 8th and 9th Annual International Education and Resources Network Annual Conference in Beijing, Capetown and Moscow respectively. His astounding creativity and commitment has constaintly raised the bar and set him apart from others. His passion for inovation and associaton with the Intrnational Education and Resource Network, enabled him to set up the very first non-profit innovation centers in Sierra Leone which benefited thousands of children and youth and have had far-reaching impact and replication.
In 2004, the Canadian International Development Agency CIDA and the Canadian government summoned Andrew to be part of the panel of 3 Global Young Leaders at the International Coorperation Days, (ICD) Millennium Development Goals- (MDG), Moving from Consensus to Momentum, hosted by CIDA in Ottawa. The other two panelist were Alexandre Trudeau and Jennifer Corriero
In 2003 Andrew received a major scholarship from the University of St. Francis Xavier to attend the 1st Africa-Canada Youth Symposium for Leadership in Development sposored by CIDA and organised by Coady International Institute at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Halifax in Nova Scotia Canada. He was also selected to contribute as a mentor at the 1st Irmas International Youth media Summit in Reseda, Los Angeles in 2006.
Andrew has made major contributions and presentations at the U.N. 1st World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva in December 2003. He was a guest speaker at the XXXVI Annual session of The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) conference January 2004 in The Hague, Netherlands.
His efforts attracted the United Nations as a model in countries affected by war. Andrew’s peace building efforts and internet-based innovations culminated in an array of prestigious International Awards including the prestigious Cable and Wireless Childnet Awards which he received at the Science Museum in London in April 2003 as well as the Bremen Peace Awards where he received tremendous Commendation offered by the Threshold Foundation in Germany in 2003. At the International Competition widely known as "Beyond Borders Personal Stories from a Small Planet' Andrew was the co-producer, script writer, mentor and Director of the award winner documentary 'We don't wanno War' organized by Listen Up! in New York 2003. He was contracted twice by the World Bank in D.C. to produce video documentary for the World Bank's World Development report focusing on 'Youth and the Next Generation'.
Andrew was a distinguished Sauvé Scholar at McGill University in Montreal Canada in 2004. He was on a shortlist of Stanford University Reuters Digital Visions fellow in San Francisco 2004 as well as on the shortlist of Global Junior Challenge competition in Rome 2007.
He was guest speaker at the Africa Now Untold Stories conference supported by the Canada Fund for Africa and organized by CIDA, the University of Carlton School of Journalism and the Canadian Government in Ottawa March 2005.
Andrew was also one of 25 young leaders chosen by the World Bank in 2006 to contribute to the 1st World Ethics Forum at Keble College, Oxford University UK.
Andrew was also amongst 5 Global Leaders chosen by the World Bank in 2006 at the Youth2Youth Technopreneurship Event in DC. The world Bank and SGI invited Andrew to share his experiences at the Building a culture of Peace and non-violence for the Children of the World in DC March 2005.
Andrew was a distinguished Guest Speaker at Education Without Borders (EWB) 2007 organized by the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi. He was also summoned as a Guess Speaker for a campus-wide lecture series at Kenyon College Ohio and neighboring Nazarene University on the theme "Children of the crossfire" and the human rights of children in areas of conflict in March 2007.
He was a UN ITU Telecom World Young Digital Innovation Fellow in Geneva 2011 for his initiative 'Digital Hope' and Exhibited his products at the UN ITU Telecom Events in Dubai 2012.
He was summoned by Qatar Foundation in Doha at the 2nd and 3rd World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE) organised by Qatar Foundation in Doha in 2011 and 2012.
His efforts was recognized by the Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education and 'Teach a Man to Fish', UK in 2012. Andrew was a 'Build Peace through Technology Fellow' at the MIT Media Lab in Boston in April 2014 and a Hive Global Leaders Fellow in San Francisco January 2015.
He is also founder of these startups Post'Polonius' and 'Cardshionary'. He is a BA in English, Civil Law and International Relations from Fourah Bay College of the University of Sierra Leone and an MA Candidate in Co-existence and conflict.
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Abass Victor Osman Kamara (Human Rights Director)
Mr. Abass Victor Osman Kamara worked extensively in giving legal advice to several human rights organizations in Sierra Leone. His works as Legal Executive for the Centre for Human Rights and democratic Reform in Sierra Leone, and has led to the advancement of the rights of people in the local courts of Sierra Leone. Mr Kamara has also worked extensively on law reform initiatives in just mining, the Commercial Use of Land, the Law on Marriage, Inheritance and Succession, Law on Citizenship, Law on Conservation and Bush Fire Prevention, review of the Anti-Corruption Act 2000, and the Law Officer's Act, and has consulted and researched for several NGOs on human rights issues.
Maxwell Adeo Adew is one of B-Gifted Associate members since 2010. He is a young Social Entrepreneur, with 7 years of experience as a Young Educator and qualified teacher with innovative approaches to teaching global issues. He is the co-founder of Africa Rise International and also project leader ICT AFRICA. He studied computer science at the University of Gothenburg.
Maxwell is a Youth Partner to United Nations Alliance of Civilization, (UNAOC) Member of United State Institute of Peace (USIP), West African Regional Coordinator for the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative approaches to global challenges. (IAA). He is also the National coordinator Ghana and the Gambia Rio+20 Global youth Music Contest.
Mohamed Usifu Barrie
Mohamed Usifu Barrie is B-Gifted National Youth Coordinator. Barrie started his schooling at Regent Square Municipal School (RSMS) in 1997. At his primary school he sat through the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) and passed with distinction; scoring 315 that got him ready to be admitted into the great St. Edward's Secondary School, May Park, Kingtom in 2003. His first year in the school was outstanding and remarkable as he got the best result in the whole of J S S One(1) (Junior Secondary School). This led to him becoming a school prefect in 2005, backed with proficiency prizes and other subjects merits; with his skills in playing soccer he became famous both academically and footballing respectively.
Upon completing J.S.S he started his Senior Secondary School(SSS) at the same school but this time as an Art student (Art Stream). At S.S.S he continued his academic excellence by winning more prizes in English Language, Literature, Government.
In 2010, he was enrolled into Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone as a Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies(Degree) student. He took four(4) years to complete his course with a Division 2 and happened to convocate in 2015 because of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that struck the country and her environs.
Barrie has however been an outstanding and relentless gentleman who have dedicated his life and time to serving humanity and see that the world becomes a better place for all.
In the 2012 General Elections he served the National Electoral Commission as a Voter Identification Officer. His youthful service and enterprise enabled him to serve his community with Restless Development, Sierra Leone in 2014 as a Community Mobilizer to help fight the deadly E.V.D robbing off the lives of the citizens of the Mano River Union.
In 2015 he played double roles in ensuring that schools are re-opened by working with the National Electoral Commission (NEC-SL) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MEST) to work as a Distributor of hygiene materials to help prevent the E.V.D and also help in distributing school learning materials to each school in Freetown as per quota.
Till date, Barrie continues to serve institutions like BRAC a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) on a programme named "MANOSHI" designated for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under five.
Barrie's zest and confidence, experiences on peace building and youth leadership, will be currently used to serve B-Gifted youth at the National Level to the best of his knowledge and engaging humanity at the broader level
Ibrahim Success Sei Kamara is the Communications and development Officer at b-Gifted Foundation. He has also worked with The Gondobay Manga Foundation, a non-profit organization inspired by founder Isaiah Washington's as Public Relations and Communications Officer for six years. He holds a B.A Hons in Mass Communications from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone where he is also currently pursuing an LLB degree. His outstanding and exhaustive contribution to the Communications and development sector has been demonstrated in his involvement in Working with B-Gifted Foundation's gender-based violence programs and also reporting on case study based on qualitative and quantitative data collected from literature reviews and field research conducted across Sierra Leone in 2009. This helps to unravel the "culture of silence" that shrouded gender-based violence and thus help to break the silence through reports from the field. The reportage provided, added to the openness and structures been put in place and working towards the prevention of gender-based violence. http://steppinginforthegirls.blogspot.com/
Ibrahim is also currently a member of the Giraffe Heroes International in Sierra Leone where he helps to coordinate the programs with stories from Sierra Leone heroes who 'stick their neck out for the common good'. He has volunteered with Center for Human Rights and Peace Education (CHRPE) Green Scenery, UNICEF and Center for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL). He is also a second year legal student studying Law at Fourah Bay College/USL. Ibrahim represents one of the youngest Communications activists who has worked directly with survivors of SGBV in the field,monitoring, Documenting, reporting and Exposing Incidents of Gender-based Violence- As part of his roles as Facilitator, coordinating and holding sessions on cases of gender-based violence including rape and serious incidents of sexual violence.
Michael Nyuma Gbondo (Information Technology Director)
Gbondo is B-Gifted Foundation’s Information Technology Consultant and Resource Manager. He has worked for Inter-Business World from1999-2004 as Technician Electronics and Sales Manager, and the Tiwai Memory Masters (TMM) from 2005 till date as Technician and Café Manager. His expertise includes PC maintenance, Networking, Wireless Connectivity (CISCO), Graphic Designs, CCTV Camera Installation and V-SAT Installation). In recognition of his work and Training, Michael received an outstanding awards from the Tiwai Memory Masters in Sierra Leone for achievement and excellence in A+, Networking and Wireless and satellite Installation. Since 2008, whilst serving with B-Gifted Foundation, he has been keen to further explore how his unique technology skills and background can better help in Philanthropic ventures. As B-Gifted Foundation Information Technology Resource Person, Michael hopes to continue bringing new and innovative insights in the work of the Foundation to transform positively the Sierra Leone society, by helping in strategic technology planning for the B-Gifted Foundation Information Technology Unit. His Proficiency in the use of Office Suite: MS Word, MS Power Point, MS Publisher, MS Access, MS Excel and MS Paint has also served as a plus to the Foundation