Dr. Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey is the Board Secretary and president and co-founder of the Tujenge Africa Foundation. He is an award-winning social entrepreneur, humanitarian, and historian. Dr. Adjetey has served marginalized communities for over fifteen years and remains deeply committed to public service, pluralism, economic progress, and social change in North America and Africa.
In addition to TAF, he is Director or Advisor on multiple Boards: The Yale International Alliance, which promotes internationalism and citizenship; Inspirit Foundation, a non-profit that leverages impact investing to advance pluralism and civic engagement in Canada; founding Director of Dream Maker Ventures Diversity Fund, Canada’s first Black-led VC Fund for North America, the Caribbean, and Africa; and the Road Home, a think tank and advocacy group for youth on the margins.
Dr. Adjetey is Assistant Professor of History at McGill University. He earned the Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. from Yale University.
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.
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.
Brad is the Lead STEM Instructor for the Tujenge Scholars Program. He is the primary curriculum designer and teacher for the science, technology, engineering, and math components of the academic program. Brad also teaches a liberal arts seminar, covering wide ranging topics in the social and hard sciences.
Brad graduated from Bowling Green State University, in Ohio with degrees in Philosophy and Psychology. After undergraduate, he received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience under the supervision of Michael A. Arbib at the University of Southern California. For his thesis, he developed computationally-specific and empirically-constrained models of primate brain systems involved in learning, cognition and communication, as a research venture towards understanding the evolution of language capacity in humans.
Following graduate school, he worked with the US Peace Corps in Mbingo, Cameroon teaching mathematics and computer science.
Nganyu Dominic Nformi is the Lead English Instructor with Tujenge Africa Foundation Burundi. He is a seasoned lecturer, Africanist, poet and experimental novelist. Born in Cameroon in 1973, he studied with the university of Yaounde I and the University of Buea, Cameroon. He lectured with the University of Buea and the University of Burundi before joining the staff of Tujenge Africa Foundation. He was awarded the prize for the best graduating student in African Literature at the end of his M.A at the University of Buea. Nganyu Dominic holds a Masters degree and a DEA in African Literature from the University of Buea and University of Yaounde I respectively.
He lectures literature and English language. He is a political activist, feminist and writer. He is a traditionalist and loves reading extensively. He crusades for social, political and gender justice.