Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey is the co-founder and president of the Tujenge Africa Foundation. His principal tasks are fundraising, stakeholder relations, and strategic planning.
Wendell has worked as a consultant for education and public health think tanks, in addition to ten plus years of experience supporting hard to serve youth. He founded and managed an award-winning nonprofit for marginalized youth, and worked for several years on an innovative, multi-million dollar gang prevention and intervention project in Toronto. He has received numerous awards for civic engagement and his academic scholarship. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Yale University, from which he earned the M.Phil. and MA. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Toronto. Born in a slum ghetto in Accra, Ghana, Wendell immigrated to Canada as a little boy.
Etienne Mashuli is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Tujenge Africa Foundation. He is a blogger, connector, educator, Africanist and political activist. Born in Rwanda in 1986, he is among the last generation that witnessed and survived the Rwandan civil war and subsequent genocide. In 2007, Etienne won a full scholarship to attend North Central College where he graduated with the Senior Man Award, the highest honor bestowed to a graduating senior. Previously, Etienne had been honored as the “Outstanding Senior in Political Science”. In 2010, Etienne was invited to cover the high-level UN Millennium Goals discussions as an Oxfam Voice Fellow. He is a member of the Oslo Freedom Forum, a human rights organization dubbed the “Davos for dissidents.” Etienne holds an MA in African Studies from Yale University where he attended as a recipient of the prestigious Paul and Daisy Soros New American Fellowship. Moreover, he has gained extensive teaching experience working with underprivileged high school students in New Haven and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He is a senior fellow with Humanity in Action.
Ben is the in-country director of operations for the Tujenge Scholars Program. He splits his time between overseeing program development and working directly with students on math and college advising.
Prior to joining TAF, Ben spent time as a launch engineer for the aerospace startup SpaceX, working in a technical engineering and project management role. He left to join TAF to pursue a dream of working at the intersection of international development and education. Ben received his S.B. in electrical engineering from Harvard University in 2015.
When he’s not at the program headquarters in Bujumbura, Ben enjoys spending time with his family in his home state of Montana, exploring new places and foods, or spending time in the outdoors.
As the program manager for Tujenge Africa Foundation, Neuilly is responsible for daily operations, managing finances, and scheduling logistics. He has had a passion for philanthropic work since his childhood, when he would work with a variety of associations or on his own to provide clothes and food to those in need. He started his professional career as an insurance broker in 2014 before joining TAF in 2016.
A business, administration and management graduate from Hope Africa University, Neuilly is currently writing his MBA thesis.
Neuilly was born in 1988 in Gitega (the 2nd province of Burundi) in a Christian family. He left Burundi in 1991 to move to Kenya where his father was studying theology. With the outbreak of civil war in 1993 Neuilly was unable to return, instead becoming a refugee in various countries of Africa (Central Africa, Chad and Cameroon), where he completed most of his secondary school before being repatriated in 2004.
Carol Jean Gallo is a writer, Africanist, feminist, and perpetual student currently working on her PhD in Politics and International Studies for Cambridge University. She did her fieldwork in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in two nine-month-long stints. She loves languages, history, art, music, traveling, and chocolate - among many other things. Part-way through her BFA in Film at the School of Visual Arts, Carol got political; so after she graduated she pursued and earned an MS in Global Affairs at NYU. After that, in the middle of a job search, she applied to Yale for an MA African Studies - where she earned her degree with the support of a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Swahili (which she now speaks fluently).
After teaching for a semester at Temple University in the United States, it became clear to Carol that she really enjoys teaching; and based on her student evaluations, students enjoyed her teaching too. For the foreseeable future, she plans to continue teaching, writing, traveling, and learning.
Elvira is an English instructor for the Tujenge Scholars Program.
Before joining TAF, Elvira worked with an NGO called O.A.P (Organisation a l'Auto Promotion), where she was a part time employee in charge of recording and analyzing data. Elvira has a master’s degree in financial management from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Nairobi.
Besides her work, Elvira spends the rest of her time with her family and friends. She also likes exploring new places.
Innocent is the groundskeeper for Tujenge Africa Foundation at the Bujumbura Office.
Ariella was a student in the inaugural class of the Tujenge Scholars Program. She is now working with the current class of scholars as a peer mentor.