Regional Leadership

An action-oriented nexus focused on driving positive change.

Global Diaspora (Sixth Region)

Kumi Rauf - Pan-African Council

Kumi Rauf, Council Ambassador

Founder, Entrepreneur, and Motivational Speaker

As the Creator of the I Love Being Black Cultural Movement and Apparel Line, Kumi Rauf believes in lifting as he climbs and giving back to the community by motivating others in attaining their life goals. He is an accomplished social media strategist, taking the “I Love Being Black” Facebook Fan-page from zero to over 6 million “Likes”, becoming the largest Black​-owned Facebook Fan-page in the world, edging out BET for the top spot.

Kumi is an award​-winning businessman with several recognitions under his belt, including being an officer and chair for the National Society of Black Engineers; a recipient of the Urban League Top 40 Under 40 award; awarded most successful app developer by Novacoast; and collegiate track and field athlete. He has shared his knowledge and experience with a diverse mix of audiences via radio appearances, one​on​one seminars, conferences and more.

Kristen Hopkins - Pan-African Council

Kristen Hopkins, Council Ambassador

Social Entrepreneur, Professional Speaker, Author

Kristen Hopkins is an international social entrepreneur dedicated to the holistic development of youth and young adults. As the Founder and CEO of Dangers Of The Mind, LLC, Kristen has developed and implemented Social-Emotional culturally responsive resources in schools, Non-Profit Organizations and has brought her teachings to Haiti and Ghana.

In 2016 Kristen became a recipient of the “30 Under 30 Award for Women of Excellence in Leadership”. Ms. Hopkins is a esteemed author of multiple books, a curriculum and intervention kit for In-School Suspension and youth dentention centers. As a result she has established a lifestyle brand, via virtual coaching, a clothing line and brand ambassadors that embody the DOM movement.

Kristen looks to continue this work and be the voice of responsive resources for our disadvantage youth of this generation and beyond.

Osa Aihie

Osayande Aihie, Council Economist-in-Residence

Entrepreneur and Impact Investor

Osa is a Nigerian-American entrepreneur and impact investor based in Oakland, CA. As a former executive of Growthexpertz and Co-founder of​ ​Black Ice Media​, he has extensive experience scaling and launching venture-backed startups in positions across the C-Suite. This includes developing private portfolios of joint-ventures and launching companies for corporate innovation groups such as +1Labs (Match Group) and BBVA. His primary focuses are on operational efficiency, growth strategy, and systems implementation.

Domestically, he works with private and public entities to co-develop​ ​Blended Capital​ models and research geared towards helping underrepresented entrepreneurs in the US access venture capital investment. Internationally Osa conducts private equity investments in high-growth sectors across Africa through his work with the Africa Equity Group.

Osa is dedicated to developing policy and capital models that enable economic empowerment across Africa and regions of the African diaspora.

John Clarke - Pan-African Council

John Clarke, Council Ambassador

International Executive and Security Expert

John Clarke is an international cooperation and economic development expert. He has lived in both Europe and Latin America as a U.S. diplomat and academic. He has extensive experience organizing delegation visits for U.S. political officials, writing papers on economic and political risk in Latin America, and managing outreach with foreign government officials and economic actors.

Mr. Clarke is a magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University where he studied International Economics. Mr. Clarke currently serves on the Maryland Governor’s Commission of Caribbean Affairs and was assigned to the Education and Workforce Committee.

His passion to serve people of African descent drove him to establish Avantgarde International LLC, a firm dedicated to economic empowerment through community-driven development and entrepreneurship.

Chassidy E. Keys - Pan-African Council

Chassidy E. Keys, Council Representative

Business Development Consultant at Keynect Global

Chassidy E. Keys is an international business development consultant, corporate trainer and growth strategist. Her background includes work at Fortune 500 companies, including Amazon and General Motors.

Most recently, she founded Keynect Global to promote tourism in international markets by helping businesses and entrepreneurs grow and developing workforce skills in related industries. She is passionate about creating equitable opportunities for underserved communities around the world.

Idahosa Ness

Idahosa Ness, Council Delegate

Linguist, Musician, Entrepreneur

Idahosa Ness is an American-born educator, public speaker and entrepreneur of Nigerian heritage. His online language-learning methodology called The Mimic Method has been featured on renown publications such as the BBC, Wellness Mama and Fluent in 3 Months, among others.

Idahosa is committed to breaking down the linguistic boundaries that separate African peoples of the Diaspora as he speaks English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese (Mandarin), among others.

Nengumbi Celestin - Pan-African Council Ambassador

Nengumbi Celestin, Council Ambassador

Human Rights Activist, Educator

Nengumbi Celestin Sukama was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and resides in Argentina where he founded IARPIDI (The Argentine Institute for Equality, Diversity, and Integration); an organization that strives to promote equal rights, the principle of non-discrimination, the promotion of ethnic and cultural diversity with the aim of improving the process and the possibilities of integration and integration of refugees, Africans and Afro-descendants in Argentine society.

Nengumbi possesses a background in business administration and is a passionate writer and human rights activist. Nengumbi speaks Lingala, English, French and Spanish.

Kamille Brown

Kamille Brown M.D., Council Delegate

Medical Doctor, Healthcare

Kamille is an Atlanta-based physician of Caribbean descent. While studying at Morehouse School of Medicine and NYU school of medicine she served clinics in Kenya, Ghana and Honduras.

Through her experiences in both urban and suburban American communities as well as her time spent overseas, her interests lie in increasing access to top quality healthcare for children especially from underserved communities around the globe.

Kamille is a strong advocate of affordable health services as a human right and champions efforts to empower health workers and local communities throughout Africa and the Caribbean.

Southern Africa

Monde Mshudulu - Pan-African Council

Monde H. Mshudulu, Council Ambassador to Southern Africa

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist in the areas of Education, Finance and Socioeconomic Development

Monde Mshudulu is the Founder and Board Chairperson of MHM Media Pty – a leading events, digital marketing, and public relations firm with clients throughout Africa and the world. Ambassador Mshudulu also chairs South Africa’s Komonde Resources – a skills development and professional training institution with a key focus on early childhood development, youth development, artisan development, technical capacity building.

In 2022, he was appointed Special Advisor to the Kwa-Zulu Natal House of Traditional Leaders on matters pertaining to international relations, cooperation, trade and socioeconomic Innovation.

As a graduate from Wits Business School in South Africa, Mr Mshudulu has developed strong political and private sector relationships throughout the SADC Region. His leadership  underscores his dedication to fostering collaboration and driving positive change.

Monalisa Molefe

Monalisa Molefe, Council Delegate

Entrepreneur and Brand Leader

Monalisa is the owner and Managing Director of Artform Factory & Artform Factory Sports a comprehensive luxury custom framing business based in Johannesburg Strijdom Park. Artform Factory specializes in framing and preservation of high-end art pieces, sports memorabilia, mirrors, photos and abstract wall decor. Monalisa is a branding enthusiast, having attained her Brand Building and Management qualifications at Vega School of Brand leadership. She is currently focused on brand communication for International Luxury brands within South African Market by maintaining brand relevance to the high-end African Market.

Monalisa is dedicated to conducting business with a purpose and believes in achieving economic development through education and contributing to skills development and community empowerment.

West & Central Africa

Hon. Demba Hydara Pan-African Council

Hon. Demba Hydara, Council Ambassador to The Gambia & Neighboring African Countries

Presidential Advisor to the Government of the Republic of The Gambia, CEO of Soninkara Group

The Honourable Demba Hydara is a presidential advisor to the Republic of The Gambia, responsible for strategic national development priorities as well as the promotion of culture, trade, and investments. He also serves as the Republic of The Gambia’s Ambassador for Health in the Diaspora.

As the CEO of Soninkara Group, Mr Hydara leads the largest distribution of food commodities in The Gambia. Soninkara covers several industries offering financial, energy, business services, and consumer products. The group’s mission is to drive economic development and enhance investments in the import sector and manufacturing industries for the West Africa region.

Mr Hydara speaks English, Wolof, Soninke, Mandinka, and Arabic.

Didi Kpelly

Didi Kpelly, West Africa Council Ambassador

Entrepreneur and International Trade Expert

Didi Kpelly is a passionate entrepreneur and has dedicated great efforts to the ongoing socioeconomic development of his home countries of Togo and Ghana. His primary areas of business include agribusiness, private equity models for SME’s, commerce and import/export.

Mr Kpelly currently working on his next venture, an agri-products trading company based in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and source products from local producers in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana for export to Canada as a stepping stone to the world. His philosophy of life can be summed up in the words of Nelson Mandela, African leader and Pan-Africanist: “There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Mr Kpelly speaks Ewe, French, English and Mandarin.

Abidemi Tairu

Abidemi Tairu, Council Delegate

Economist and Researcher

Abidemi Tairu is a dual Canadian and Nigerian citizen. She obtained her Master‘s Degree in International Economics at Florida Atlantic University, while working as a research assistant at the University of Florida Agricultural Economics Department.

Abidemi provides critical research, strategic analysis and policy advice to the Council which seeks to identify major drivers and barriers to economic development across the globe.

Her passion is to seek sustainable methods of economic growth to reduce inequality and scarcity in African countries.

Caribbean Region (CARICOM)

Chevy Eugene - Pan-African Council Ambassador

Dr. Chevy Eugene, Council Ambassador to the Caribbean

Reparations Specialist, Creative Economy Expert, Scholar, and Filmmaker

Dr. Chevy Eugene is an “artivist” – a dedicated community worker, a filmmaker and the founder of the Caribbean Creative Arts Alliance (CCAA). CCAA is an online movement that uses the creative arts to establish and implement innovative methods to advance the ideology of Caribbean integration, through the diverse cultures of the Caribbean and its diapsoras.

In 2015, Chevy represented the Caribbean in the Fellowship Progamme for People of African Descent, at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland. Upon completing the Fellowship, he has worked with the UN in various capacities. Currently, Chevy is a PhD student at York University, Toronto, Canada in the Social and Political Thought (SPTH) program. His research focuses on the creative arts as key instrument in the advocacy for Caribbean Reparations. Drawing on the intersections of postcolonial theory and theories of Black radicalism, his research explores various forms of political, cultural, legal and economic based drives geared towards advocacy for Caribbean reparations.

Sheran Palacio - Pan-African Council

Sheran Palacio, Belize Council Ambassador

Mayor of the City of Belmopan, Belize

Sheran “Sharon” Palacio, Ms P or Shar-P is a Belmopan pioneer having lived here since the age of thirteen in the 70s. Her early introduction into the political arena is quite colourful and goes back to the 2003 when she first served as a PUP City Councilor in Belmopan. However, this does not mean that her political history is only marked by wins and not losses. In 2006 she lost the position of City Councilor in a PUP Convention. Still this did not deter her, and Sharon Palacio continued to work for the benefit of her party and the people of Belmopan.

Miss Palacio holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the Universidad Central de Villas in Cuba. Sharon’s passion is farming and specializes in producing soursop and coconut. She has served for 18 faithful years as Director of Student Services at the University of Belize where she was able to increase her global connections and help numerous students. Miss Palacio is well known for her role in the fight against Diabetes and for successfully operating a home-based business from 2004 to the current date called Youth for World Peace (YWP) homestay Network which provides business support unities to many fellow Belmopanese. She has been titled “Champion of the Americas” which enables her to recruit groups and provide Belizeans the opportunity to study and working Canada. She is presently appointed as a liaison for the Cross River State Carnival Commission for international groups from the Caribbean and Central America.

Gilson Lubin - Pan-African Council

Gilson Lubin, Council Delegate

Comedian, TV Personality, Community Leader

Carving out a name for himself on the comedy circuit, the Caribbean-born, Toronto-bred comedian is known for his versatility with audiences, signature laid-back delivery and above all delivering to rave reviews. Whether sharing the stage with top names in the comedy game or headlining across North America and the Caribbean, the natural storyteller has peppered lavishes in social commentary just as effortlessly when the times right. Gilson has also worked as MTV host/personality/writer and has appeared on Spike TV, HBO, CBC, the Comedy Network, Comedy Central and many more.

Gilson dedicates his time to inspiring and invigorating inner-city youth and Caribbean young people through the arts and mentoring the creative process of writing and storytelling.

Peterson Saint Jean Haiti

Peterson Saint Jean, Council Delegate and Haiti Correspondent

Youth Leader and Entrepreneur

Peterson Saint Jean is a youth leader, social communicator, trainer, and social activist who strives to mobilise Haitians through his foundation FLAM – Fondasyon Les Autres M’intéressent (Translation: The I Care For Others Foundation) supporting initiatives such as civic participation, personal development, technology and entrepreneurship. He’s a firm believer that a different type of Haiti is possible.

As a young entrepreneur in photography and digital services, Mr Saint Jean has a start-up consultancy focused on advertising and marketing.

🇨🇴 Colombia

Cha Dorina Hernández - Pan-African Council

Cha Dorina Hernández, Council Ambassador

Congresswoman, Republic of Colombia

Prior to being elected to Colombia’s Congress, Cha Dorina Hernández was a teacher, craftswoman and ethno-educational leader. With over 83,000 votes, she was the first Palenquera (Afro-Colombian ethnic group) woman to reach the House of Representatives.

Since her adolescence, and for more than four decades, Cha Dorina Hernández has fought to preserve the Palenque culture in Colombia. Through her work as an educator and social leader in her community, she was recognised for her work during the Drum Festival and Cultural Expressions of Palenque, and contributed to UNESCO’s declaration of the municipality as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2005.

Cha was one of the original leaders to form the organization Procesos de Comunidades Negras (PCN), a group instrumental in protecting the human and land rights of the Afro-Colombian population.

PAC Colombia Representative - Leiza

Leibniz Jirleza Mosquera Ordoñez, Council Representative

Entrepreneur, Public Health Expert, and Community Leader

Leibniz Jirleza “Leiza” is a proud mother, public health practitioner and businesswoman; Born in Quibdo, Colombia from where her and her family was displaced due to violence in region, she became a strong advocate for Black youth’s access to higher education opportunities.

As a tireless fighter to dismantle patterns of poverty faced by Afro-Colombians, in 2005 Leiza started a health company named COLORS which was dedicated to the care and well-being of communities in the municipality of Sabaneta – Antioquia. Subsequently in 2010, she opened a health centre called HIERBABUENA in the city of Medellin that focused on ancestral and traditional Afro-Colombian Medicine. The centre’s headquarters have been moved to her hometown of Quibdo and renamed to MAHANAIM, combining the specialities of health, well-being, and ancestral medicine. Her work supports the physical, moral, social and economical well-being of women who are heads of households, as well as provides a place where Afro-Colombian women and their children can receive psychological and sociological support, as well as skills and preparation for the workforce.

🇧🇷 Brazil

Rogerio Siqueira - Pan-African Council Ambassador

Rogério Siqueira, Council Ambassador

Politician, Broadcaster, Activist

Rogério Siqueira is a politician, broadcaster, journalist, cultural producer and human rights activist. He holds extensive experience in public relations and developing political platforms, having worked both in the cities of Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rogério began his career in radio programming on Band FM Radio in the city of Campos-RJ. At age 21 he quickly ascended to the role of press manager for the Legislative Assembly of the State of Rio de Janeiro (ALERJ), where he stayed for seven years, there he divided his time in managing Public Relations and parliamentary activities. At ALERJ, he divided his time between managing public relations and parliamentary activities, while assisting parliamentarians in large projects such as: the Special Commission for the Legacy of Sports Mega-Events (2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, 2016 Olympic Games, Military World Games and Paralympic Games), Public Hearing Debate on combating crack/cocaine consumption, Parliamentary Committee on Survey (CPI) of the Rio Mountain Region Tragedy, State Budget Commission, among others.

In 2019 Rogério took office as the Superintendent of Racial Equality in Campos. As Ambassador of the Pan-African Council to Brazil since that same year, he spearheaded support for the entrepreneurial initiatives of Afro-Brazilians with the aim of empowering communities socioeconomically and generating business for Brazil’s Black population. Rogério has also successfully negotiated a bilateral agreement between the Angolan Government and Brazil’s UENF University in an unprecedented student exchange programme for people of African descent to start in 2020. The programme is currently expanding its reach to Colombian and Caribbean universities.

Aline Torres

Aline Torres, Council Ambassador

Secretary of Culture for the City of São Paulo

Aline made history as the first black woman to hold the position of Secretary of Culture for the City of São Paulo. Her outstanding work in this position earned her the Black Race Trophy for the 2022 Virada Cultural do Pertencimento. She also received the Arcanjo Award twice, first in 2021, for her pioneering spirit and significant contribution to the artistic sector, and second in 2022, for her work in decentralizing and diversifying public notices and her involvement in creating and executing the Virada Cultural do Pertencimento.

Aline has extensive experience in cultural management, promotion, production, and organization for over a decade. Her experience was acquired during her tenure with the São Paulo State Department of Culture, where she served as the President of the Technical Commission for the Evaluation of Cultural Projects, Arts Festivals, Circulation of Theater, and Black Culture by PROAC Edicts, as well as the manager of Proac ICMS.

At TV Cultura, the largest public television broadcaster in the country, Aline participated in several initiatives that contributed to the development of significant projects. Among them is “TerraDois,” which was awarded the 2017 APCA Award for Best TV Program. Additionally, she was part of the group responsible for defining and improving the channel’s programming using incentive laws.

Formerly, she served as the Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the City of São Paulo and was the General Director of the Ruth Cardoso Youth Cultural Center (CCJ), the largest cultural center dedicated to youth in Latin America, located in the periphery.

Priscilla Cadette

Priscilla Cadette, Council Ambassador

Mentor, Manager, Singer, and Creative Economies Expert

Priscilla Cadette is from São Paulo and is a lyrical singer, mentor, and manager with more 10 years of experience in the creative economy and industries. Previously, she lived in Manaus for 8 years where she sang at Teatro Amazonas and also lived in Rio de Janeiro for 8 years where she studied cultural production at the Brazilian Conservatory of Music. She is the CEO of Artemis, Pan-African Vision, Founder of Cadette Consulting and Alumni of the first class of Antler Brasil.

Priscilla has coordinated and developed projects and events with large companies and institutions such as Facebook, Netflix, Google, Petrobras, Furnas, Vivo, EDF Forte Fluminense, Parque Lage and Sala Cecília Meireles, Museu AfroBrasil, among others. In addition she mentors young talent from startups in the Brazilian market, entrepreneurs, and innovation business consultants and has extensive experience with institutional relations, and interpersonal relationships. Her expertise is in implementing and managing projects and fundraising.

Priscilla is dedicated to conducting business with purpose, believes in achieving economic development through education, and contributes to the development of skills and empowerment in the Afro-descendant community. She intends to continue this work and seek sustainable growth methods to reduce inequality, and scarcity in Brazil and the diaspora and create more opportunities for upcoming generations. Her greatest inspiration is the women in her family who have always reminded her of the importance of affection, generosity, and female empowerment.

Rodrigo Faustino

Rodrigo Faustino, Council Ambassador

Founder, Education Entrepreneur, Technologist

Rodrigo Eduardo Faustino is a proud father, production technologist (graduate of the College of Technology of the State of São Paulo) and post-graduate in business logistics (University of São Paulo).

He is the Founding Partner of Ebony English, the first English school in Latin America to leverage African/Black Culture in its educational approach to empower students to connect with the world. Since 2019, Rodrigo has been serving as Council Ambassador for Brazil and has developed the the PAC Brazil Office and overall country strategy.

Rodrigo has played a key role in supporting
PAC cooperation in Colombia, Brazil, Rwanda, Barbados and other countries with a focus on education empowerment, youth, entrepreneurship, business and international relations.

🇦🇴 Angola

Silvana Thebas Nistaldo - Pan-African Council

Silvana Thebas Nistaldo, Council Ambassador

Public Relations, Business Manager, Africa-Brazil Relations

Silvana Thebas Nistaldo was born in the State of Rio de Janeiro, of Angolan and Congolese descent and graduated in Social Communication and Business Management. She has worked for several institutions including the Embassy of Nicaragua to Brazil, the Consulates of Angola, Cape Verde, and DRC to Brazil where she developed numerous projects related to social responsibility, cultural expression, skills training, professional development, entrepreneurship.

Silvana also worked with the Rio de Janeiro City Council to pass several policies and bills to the benefit of African communities resident in Rio de Janeiro, such as a bill that recognises May 25th as Heritage Day in Rio de Janeiro and the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the African Union maintaining diplomatic relations with Brazil.

She has received honourable mentions for her service to the African community resident in the State of Rio de Janeiro and for her role in the dissemination of African culture.

Silvana is currently based in Luanda, Angola and spearheads a number of projects aimed at attracting investments to social welfare programmes, the preservation of cultural practices and identity, the diffusion of African art, economic empowerment, the fight against hunger, as well as food security initiatives for the African continent.

Glauce Cristine

Glauce Cristine Libanio do Nascimento, Council Ambassador

Business and Social Projects Manager

Glauce Cristine Libanio do Nascimento is a business and social projects manager focused on community development, entrepreneurship and innovation. She has conducted consultancy work in education and social development for diversity, equity, inclusion, and Accessibility.

In addition, Glauce has developed initiatives to secure the human rights of activists and migrants, with a special focus on the areas of health, education, housing, finance and culture for Afro-diasporic and indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, other diverse communities.

At the moment she’s is completing a postgraduate degree in project management, social studies in the field of psychopedagogy.

East Africa

Abdihakim Othman - Pan-African Council

Abdihakim Othman, Council Ambassador to East Africa

Businessman and Community Leader

Abdihakim Othman has over 15 years of experience working in the private and development sector with a vast understanding of the project management cycle.

Currently, Mr Othman supports and manages TVET program teams, leading the process of assessing local community collaboration and identifying new partners, by designing and developing community-related livelihood activities with Shaqodoon Organization in Somali/Somaliland and Kenya.

In the past, he worked with an investment company in Dubai, where he developed sales and marketing strategies that ensure business growth within the financial services sector. Abdihakim is also the Business Development/Partnership Director for Caafisom and is responsible for the growth of Caafisom by bringing new processes and strategies that ensure business growth. Abdihakim is also the Co-Founder of Geezi Trading and Franksom, a company that exports Somaliland/Puntland natural resins to European markets. His technical knowledge and 8+ years of experience in Somalia and Somaliland’s harsh market are commendable.

Kur Kur - Pan-African Council

Kur Kur, South Sudan Council Ambassador

Congressional Aide, Peace Advocate

Kur Kur was born in South Sudan where he fled the civil war in 1987 and grew up in East African refugee camps until coming to the United States in 2001. Kur works as a diplomatic aide on Capitol Hill and is a keen advocate for human rights and human dignity.

He has indomitable passion for working with people from various walks of life to create viable opportunities and make meaningful futures for themselves and their communities.