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Sara Elizabeth Buchanan has served on the Board of Advisors of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa since 2015. Sara is currently the Vice President for Human Resources and Operations at Cellcom GSM in Liberia. She most recently was a member of the management team of Total Lubrifiants working as a Strategy Business Analyst in Paris, France and is TOTAL SA first Liberian expatriate. Prior to that, Sara served on the executive management team of TOTAL SA in Liberia as its Administrative & Legal Director. She also previously worked for several years as a licensed Stockbroker/Financial Advisor and Partner at a wealth management company in the USA. Sara, the youngest ever Miss Liberia, is a humanitarian and activist for women and children for the past 20 years. Her latest initiative ‘Une Ecole/Un Thermoflash’ aims to equip schools in developing countries with non-touch thermometers for the early detection of contagious and non-contagious illnesses to reduce child mortality rates through early detection.
GPFA inspiration: “I joined the GPFA team because I wanted to be part of a dynamic and trustworthy organization that has proven to have a tangible positive impact on a large scale and at the grassroots level”.
Deweh E. Gray joined has served as the GPFA’ Board Chairperson since 2012. She is a Counsellor-at-Law of the Supreme Court Bar of the Republic of Liberia and presently a Commissioner at the Law Reform Commission of Liberia. Prior to occupying this position, she served as President of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) for two and a half years. She has been and is still actively involved in advocacy campaigns for the protection and promotion of the rights of women and children in Liberia. During her tenure as head of AFELL Deweh assisted in the prosecution of rape cases and also with the relocation of victims while they underwent trial. Deweh is also a Managing Partner of the JSGB Law Firm. This Firm engages in litigation of cases for indigent women at a reduced and affordable cost so that these women can access the justice system.
Kouty H. Mawenh has served on the Board of Advisors of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa since 2014. Ccurrently the Leader of Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) Southeast SeniorCare Division, Kouty has considerable experience in marketing, lobbying and operations management at Lilly and abroad. He is also Partner for both the US and Liberian-based ProSyte entities. Kouty earned a bachelor’s in political science and master’s in business administration from Butler University in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Prior to joining Lilly in 1998, Kouty worked for International Computer Programs, Inc. as Softinfo International marketing Manager. Prior to his current role, Kouty held roles at Lilly in government affairs, marketing and managed healthcare services. A noted athlete, Kouty represented his home country of Liberia in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. He is involved with many humanitarian and philanthropic societies, including Supplies for Overseas Schools (SOS) - Butler University’s International Charity, the Liberian Humanitarian Foundation and the Liberian National Paralympic Committee and the Gbowee Peace Foundation. He is owner of K-Delta’s Basketball Women’s Club in Liberia. Because of his commitment and dedication in promoting sports, Kouty has been highly recognized both in Liberia and United States. He is honored as Liberian Track and Field Ambassador and also received the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Governor of Indiana as the Sagamore of the Wabash.
GPFA inspiration: “I joined GPFA because I like the vision of the organization. I felt honored that GPFA’s President asked me to be a part of leading such a worthy cause. I am excited to be a Board Member of this distinguished organization.”
Jay Kesselee Fatormah has served on the Board of Advisors of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa since 2012. He is an experienced Independent Corporate Information Communication Technology (ICT) professional and consultant with over 30 years of experience in IT Service Management, ICT Capacity Development, Information Systems Audit and information security. Jay has worked with the National Audit Office of the United Kingdom (Won the Professional Excellence Award in 2009); ICT Consultant and IS Audit Consultant on EU, DFID-UK and World Bank projects at the Ghana Audit Service (GAS), IFMIS – Ministry of Finance, Albania, the State Audit of Vietnam, General Auditing Commission (GAC), Liberia and the Kraft Group, New England, USA. He is currently an IT consultant with UNWOMEN, South Sudan providing technical support for the development of the National Transformational Leadership Institute at the University of Juba, South Sudan. He is also a member of the Starz College of Technology Board. He is a strong advocate for human rights, women empowerment and rights, peace and security as well as equal opportunities in ICT. GPFA inspiration: “I joined the GPFA family because I believe in the empowerment and inclusion of women and girls in the development of Liberia and Africa, which is GPFA’s vision – It is a blessing to be a Board Member ”.
Fatu Addy has served on the Board of Advisors of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa since 2013. She is an entrepreneur and the general manager of the Liberia Woodwork Construction & Trading Corp a Liberian owned family business that has been in existence since 1988. Since her returned home from overseas Fatu has been running the family business that engages in the manufacture of wood and aluminum products. During the civil war in 1996 in Liberia she went to work for a few years for the GTZ (The German Technical Agency) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and in Kigali, Rwanda where she served as Project Coordinator. The Liberia Woodwork Construction & Trading Corp currently offers free training and internship to young people in the field of carpentry.
GPFA inspiration: I was inspired to join GPFA because of its founder Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee. I wanted to share in impacting the lives of our young people especially young girls, one person at a time, one community at a time, recognizing that giving back is a not only a need, but a must."
Michael Seltzer has served on the Board of Advisors of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa since 2015. He is a Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs in New York, USA and a Trustee of the EMpower-The Emerging Markets Foundation. Prior to joining Baruch, Michael Seltzer served as president of Philanthropy New York and as a program officer at the Ford Foundation where he was responsible for its work in strengthening the nonprofit sector and promoting organized philanthropy worldwide. He also founded and led a sustainability in business initiative at The Conference Board. Seltzer chaired the Master's Degree program in Nonprofit Management at the Milano School of the New School University. At Baruch, Professor Seltzer redesigned the core master's degree Course in fund raising and resource mobilization for nonprofit organizations, and teaches Advanced Public and Nonprofit Management in the Executive MPA program, as well as a variety of different topics in the executive certificate programs. He is also a Consultant, an educator and writer on philanthropic and nonprofit matters and holds a B.A. from Syracuse University in International Relations and African Studies. GPFA inspiration:
2011 Nobel Laureate Leymah Roberta Gbowee is the Founder and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She has served on the Board of Advisors of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa since 2012. Leymah is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate and her leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She served as the founding Head of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative and is Co-Founder and former Executive Director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and the former Liberia Coordinator of the Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). Leymah currently serves as a member of the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development. She is a Board Member of the Federation of Liberian Youth and is the Newsweek Daily Beast's Africa columnist. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, and is a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning. She holds a M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA), and two Doctor of Laws (LLD) honoris causa from Rhodes University in South Africa and University of Alberta in Canada. Leymah was honored as a flag-bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She is married and has seven children.
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GPFA inspiration: “I founded GPFA because I believe in the power of education and I believe in emboldening women and young girls to see a fantastic future for themselves through hard work and commitment to learning. I have seen that all we need to do is create that space to unlock that intelligence, unlock that passion, unlock the greatness within them. And with GPFA, I aim to journey with them and continue to Empower to Inspire.
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