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WHO IS WHO IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA


There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Focused on the professionalization of young people, reintegration into the labor market and conflict mediation through art and culture in general - resulting in unprecedented before improbable unions between ex-traffickers and the police, famous artists and slum dwellers -, AfroReggae turned 23 in 2016. The cultural group has been developing a key role in the recent social changes in Rio de Janeiro and in the country. At this time, development and expansion of the 37 projects in operation in Brazil. AfroReggae awakens artistic potential in young people, creating new opportunities for cultural development, and rescuing many away from a possible involvement with the crime. Besides, the Employability project, one of the flagships of the group, welcomes those who abandon crime, reentering exoffenders as well as residents of the communities into the labor market, through partnerships with the private sector. Action lines 1. Labor inclusion and employability 2. Afro-brazilian art and culture 3.  Youth and education

WWW.AFROREGGAE.ORG

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OUR LEADER: JOSÉ JUNIOR

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José Pereira de Oliveira Junior was born on July 2, 1968 and raised in the center of Rio de Janeiro. He had everything to choose wrong paths on the scene of crime and hostility that shaped his childhood, but, unlike many, chose the alternative route. The social educator, José Junior started promoting parties funk and reggae in the center of Rio de Janeiro, which sparked his natural talent as a social entrepreneur. With the appearance of the printed newspaper AfroReggae News, whose aim was to decriminalize the streets and spread the african culture consolidated, Jose Junior was fully aware that through art, many young people no longer choose the "wrong way". On 28 August 1993, Jose Junior was the first proof that their fight in Rio de Janeiro communities would be great. The slum dwellers suffered a massacre that killed 21 innocent in Vicar General. A month after the tragedy, he began a work that began a new form of education and decriminalization of the city, especially in favelas. Then he called his initiative Grupo Cultural AfroReggae, GCAR, it began offering waste recycling workshops, percussion and dance african within the favela, so-called Community Center of Culture. For further information watch: http://www.afroreggae.org/blog/ jose-junior/

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE Manifesto AfroReggae https://vimeo.com/46157004 Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/afroreggaeoficial https://twitter.com/AfroReggae https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AfroReggae https://www.instagram.com/afroreggae/


There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: We are convinced that the effective inclusion of marginalized and ethnic communities depends on the quality of their collective and individual leadership. Our programs focus on forming, connecting, positioning, and visibilizing these leaders. We look to influence the management of the development of territories in violent and vulnerable positions, through the generation of new collective projects that use existing human capital and community strength. Our lines of work are: - Government and citizenship - Youth and education - Economy and community innovation - Culture, knowledge, and diaspora These are the visible and effective hands that we hope for in one or two decades, that are achieving small changes through their community initiatives, and are also achieving change through positions of power at the national, regional, and local level among the economic, social, political, and cultural elite of Colombia. WWW.MANOSVISIBLES.ORG

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OUR LEADER: PAULA MORENO ZAPATA

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VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: Visible Hands: https://youtu.be/iQGEPk8uKZI Cantopazcífico: https://youtu.be/D9ImXehEjdk

Colombian industrial engineer and Bachelor’s in Italian language and culture, MPhil in Philosophy of Management from Cambridge, with studies in urban planning and leadership from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Yale University. Former Minister of Culture in Colombia, the youngest in the country’s history and the first Afro-Colombian woman to occupy a cabinet position. In 2013, she was recognized by BBC as one of the 100 world-wide women in leadership, she has received multiple recognitions from organizations like the Black Mayors’ Association of the United States, the Council of the Americas, the BMW Foundation, the World Economic Forum, and the governments of Mexico and Colombia, among others. Founder of Visible Hands in 2010 and since then she has led the organization. Currently, she is one of 15 members of the Ford Foundation Board of Trustees. Watch: Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEZUhrHepTw English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGH05yFAzrA


OCTOBER 2016 - BULLETIN #3

There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: IVERCA is a non-profit organization that aims at contributing to sustainable tourism development in Mozambique and at building awareness in the communities of the value of its culture and environment. In other words, our goal is to solve local problems with local solutions, by creating more jobs for youth and women and bridging international markets towards local artists and others. IVERCA is concerned with the fragile condition of youth and women in informal settlements and rural areas, hence the approach towards a program that empowers citizenship, democracy and identity to these groups. Ultimately, lobbying for better education, health, water & sanitation by exploiting the existence cultural heritage these very communities own and have. In addition, our focus is the research of our history, the protection and preservation of African cultural heritage and the construction of African symbols and references based in the life of the communities. Lines of Work: • Tourism – Income generating projects. • Culture – Stimulating creativity, promoting arts, building identity and citizenship. • Environment – Urban planning, Water & Sanitation. http://www.iverca.org/

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OUR LEADER: Ivan Laranjeira

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Professional Tour Guide and Co-founder of IVERCA – a pioneer in cultural/responsible tourism in Mozambique. He currently directs and curates the Mafalala Festival and Mafalala Walking Tours. The Mafalala project involves community brokerage and social entrepreneurship. Ivan Laranjeira is a Mandela Washington fellow – YALI 2016, (Young African Leaders Initiative), co-writer of the book “Mafalala: memórias e espaços de um lugar” and as worked as an actor on Mozambican and international films, Magazines and radio soaps. Portuguese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hscEpPQWKDI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6K-YpqhJgI English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GAeKvz-aHw

Some videos for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40l5WhidzI0 https://vimeo.com/152716066 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z71Twv5DIU

Photographies by Ivan Laranjeira, Torstein Taksdal Skjeseth, Yassmin Santos.


NOVEMBER 2016 - BULLETIN #4

There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: The Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) is a center for planning and development within the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP). CoLab supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth. We believe that community knowledge can drive powerful innovation and can help make markets an arena for supporting social justice. CoLab facilitates the interchange of knowledge and resources between MIT and community organizations. We engage students to be practitioners of this approach to community change and sustainability. Our center has a history of 40 years creating networks with social movements, activists, academics, students and diverse organizations for the generation of strategies about the development of new knowledge on social justice, inclusion and innovation. From 2007 we have focused explicitly in the wealth creation, democratic engagement and urban sustainability with communities. Currently we are working with investigation/action projects and collaborative development in: Brazil, Chile, the United States and Colombia. Our most recent project is the “Community Innovation School” in the Colombian Pacific Ocean realized with the financing of the Ford Foundation and the collaboration with the Visible Hands Corporation. http://colab.mit.edu/

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Dayna Cunningham Dayna is Executive Director of CoLab. Prior to CoLab, as Program Director of the ELIAS Project, an MIT-based collaboration between business, NGOs and government, she worked with leaders using profound innovation processes to create multi-sector initiatives for economic, social and environmental sustainability. Before that, Dayna worked as an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation supporting efforts to explore changing racial dynamics and new conceptions of race in the U.S., as well as civil rights legal innovation. Prior to the Rockefeller Foundation, Dayna worked as a voting rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, litigating cases in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere in the South, and briefly as an officer for the New York City Program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Dayna is a 2004 graduate of the Sloan Fellows MBA program of the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and a juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law. Watch: https://colab.mit.edu/people/staff

Some videos for reference: https://vimeo.com/105586699 https://vimeo.com/145855272


There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Africa 2.0 Foundation is a youth-led Pan African civil society organization providing a platform for emerging and established African leaders to drive forward the transformation of Africa. Founded in 2010 by Mamadou Touré around the belief that “we are the ones that we have been waiting for” and as such with a unifying vision and a focused “coalition of the willing”, Africans, in the continent and the diaspora, can accelerate the development of their continent and communities. Africa 2.0 not only advocates for building an inspiring a prosperous Africa but actively aim to be a catalyst in the implementation process through researched impact initiatives, advocacy and campaigns that are piloted and replicated in our 25 chapters across the continent to fulfil our vision for Africa. Our flagship initiatives include: • Start-up Africa competition to empower young African entrepreneurs with the skills, knowledge and financial resources to drive the development of the African continent by facilitating coaching, mentorship and funding to successful applicants. • Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center West Africa (Ghana). • Entreprenarium a platform that provides business support and access to finance to women and young entrepreneurs on the African continent (Kristine Ngiriye – Rwanda). #FABA (For Africa By Africa) advocacy campaign to showcase the best of Africa. • #FABA (For Africa By Africa) advocacy campaign to showcase the best of Africa. www.africa2point0.org

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OUR LEADER: Mamadou Kwidjim Toure (Cameroon and France)

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After completing high school at Lycée Louis Le Grand in Paris, he graduated from École des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EDHEC Business School, in France) with a Master of Science in Management. In 2010, he completed the Executive Training Program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government on Public Private Partnerships. Mamadou loves Art, Philosophy, Music and History books. Mamadou was ranked among the top 100 most influential people in Africa in 2012 by New African Business Magazine. In 2013, BRICS Business Magazine identified him among the 25 Faces of the New Africa. In addition, in 2014, Mamadou made the Forbes Top 10 Most Powerful Men in Africa list, became a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2015, and has been recently awareded the 2016 Panafrican Leaders Award. Mamadou founded Africa 2.0 in 2010 and since then has led the organisation as its CEO. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Ubuntu Capital, a leading Investment and Advisory firm focused on designing and implementing integrated innovative investment solutions uplifting projects ecosystems.


NOVEMBER 2016 - BULLETIN # 6

There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: AFROIBEROAMERICA is an independent firm which provides strategic consulting services and which specializes in cultural capital management of African heritage. We believe, overall, that African and Afro-descendant communities make up an important cultural region that has great potential and a future in global business. We help our clients with key issues in the areas of Strategy, Marketing, Organization, Operations, and Information Technology. As a Think Tank we develop strategies to promote innovative policies and opportunities, grounded in the competitive identity of the communities and territories. We work with companies, governments, and other institutions to help connect these communities with the global economy and to develop better strategies, which are then implemented into action. We are results-oriented and always deliver to our clients. Furthermore, we dedicate a great amount of our time and resources to our non-profit arm, which serves to address social issues in our area of work. Our services: -    Marketing and Strategy -    Operations Information Technology  www.afroiberoamerica.com

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OUR LEADER: Pedro Martín

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Telecommunications engineer with a background in the areas of Economics, Market Research, Marketing Administration, and International Relations. PH.d. in Information and Knowledge Society, with experience in digital culture research. Pedro has participated in numerous important innovative projects in the digital field, all of which have been completed with excellence. His contributions can be seen in the creation of Spain’s first internet banking system, the first online store for a leading iberoamerican telephone company, Portugal’s first B2B website for professional PYMES services, Portugal’s first real estate website, and the first volunteer platform in the iberoamerican region. He works as a consultant and advisor to public and private organizations where he provides advice concerning strategy, organization, and effective operations, currently with a great focus on cultural industries. Further information: http://afroiberoamerica.com/consulting

VIDEO FOR FURTHER REFERENCE: AFRO-IDEAS Series: http://afroiberoamerica.com/category/afro-ideas Social Media Twitter: http://twitter.com/afroibam Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/afroiberoamerica


There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: Founded in 2009, BBALP is a non-profit, non-partisan international organization headquartered in NY with subsidiaries in Ghana, France, and Spain. Our vision is to promote literacy among the African people by building well-equipped modern and sustainable efficient libraries with the aim to bring the gift of ideas and education in Africa. Our motto is “With a book you are never alone”. Our Goals: - To share the gift of literacy with Africa. - To build energy efficient libraries starting in Ghana and going through Africa. - To furnish up-to-date, well-targeted books and periodicals to support existing library collections. - To create employment in the communities where the libraries reside. - To provide the right environment for students to study. - To provide opportunities for cultural and technical exchanges between libraries and communities. www.bbalp.org

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OUR LEADER: Born in Spain of Equatoguinean parents and raised in the United States, Bisila Bokoko is nowadays one of the most outstanding businesswomen on a global scale. Following her performance as director of the Chamber of Commerce of Spain - United States, she is considered one of the most influential women of Valencia, due to her contributions to the economy of this region. In 2010, she founded The Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project for contribute to education and sustainable development in African continent: “I know that being an African born in Europe give me the chance to have access to education and also, I grow up in a family environment where books and intellectual stimulation where extremely important for our personal development, therefore I would like to help others to achieve the same fortune.” – Bisila says. More information: http://bbalp.org/about-us/#the-founder

SOME VIDEOS FOR REFERENCE: https://youtu.be/CbukLhpl5I0 https://youtu.be/SSxlYlIDKIA

Social Media Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BisilaBokoko Twitter: https://twitter.com/BisilaBokoko


There is an Afro-descendant and African success story that is rarely told and visibilized. Who is who is weekly bulletin whose aim is to recognize and visibilize a group of Afro-descendant leaders who inspire with global power.

WE ARE: The CEAF promotes innovation, research, teaching, and public involvement in aspects related to African diaspora history, culture, knowledge, and customs. Today it is the first and only center that researches the living conditions of African descendants from the point of view of the African diaspora. Areas of Work     1. Collective Territories, Governance, and Autonomy 2. Inequality and Poverty (Access to employment and education) 3. Conflict, Post-Conflict, Memory, Reparations, Social Rights, and Coexistence   4. Gender, HIV, Health, and Poverty 5. Identities, Cultures, and Social Representations   http://www.icesi.edu.co/ceaf/en/ 

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VIDEOS DE REFERENCIA: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEb-72-zvSS8wu5To2TCKw http://www.icesi.edu.co/cies/working_papers/wp_11.php http://www.icesi.edu.co/cies/working_papers/wp_05.php http://bit.ly/AvancesCEAF http://www.scielo.org.co/pdf/recs/n13/n13a12.pdf http://revistas.javeriana.edu.co/index.php/univhumanistica/article/view/6404 http://bit.ly/DerechoCEAF

Social Media https://www.facebook.com/CEAFICES https://twitter.com/CEAFICESI

OUR LEADER: Aurora Vergara Figueroa PhD in sociology, specialized in diaspora and Latin America, Caribbean and Latino Studies from the University of Masachussets Amherst. BA in Sociology from Universidad del Valle. Professor of the Department of Social Studies of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences of the University ICESI. At 28, Aurora received the Martin Diskin Award 2014 and the highest recognition from LASA, the largest and most prestigious academic association in Latin America. Also, she has been the leader of a number of investigative processes with black women and other victims of the conflict that has taken place in her homeland, Chocó. More information: http://www.icesi.edu.co/ceaf/es/equipo/aurora_vergara_figueroa_ph_d.php

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