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Neil I Jacobs is a New York based international business/technology/startup/social venture/ NGO lawyer. He has practiced law in New York for more than 25 years, most recently at NI Jacobs & Associates (www.nijlaw.com) . He also served for three years as President of an NGO which provided food, education and job training to over 4,000 Ethiopians. For the past ten years Neil has also been adjunct professor of international business and entrepreneurship at the University of Bridgeport; was managing editor for 5 years of a Luxembourg-based e-zine on developments in Internet, IP and privacy law; has sat of many nonprofit boards and devotes a substantial portion of his practice to pro bono activities, especially those involved in capacity building and market-oriented “bottom of the pyramid” solutions in Africa. Neil graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University, received his JD from Brooklyn Law School, his MBA with distinction from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Brazil, and expects to receive his Ll.M. in international legal practice in 2014 from the College of Law of England and Wales.
Saki Takasu is a passionate supporter of social entrepreneurship and
is a currently part of a Net Impact consulting team that works with
Shea Yeleen. She is currently a Development & Membership Manager at
the U.S.-Japan Council, a newly established non-profit organization
that creates people-to-people relations between the United States and
Japan at the highest level of leadership in business, government,
academia and non-profit sectors. Saki possesses a wide-ranging
background in fundraising, communications, project management, supply
chain management and operations. Prior to her current position, she
worked in global strategic marketing analysis and communications for
MWV (MeadWestvaco), a Fortune 500 consumer packaging company. While
at MWV, she was selected to participate in a two-year management
training program, with rotations in Europe and the United States.
was also a corporate Communications Associate for Emerson Electric in
Hong Kong for two years. A native Japanese speaker, she also worked as
a translator for Nihachi in San Francisco. She has a B.A. in
International Development Studies from the University of California,
Berkeley. Saki participates in various volunteering programs including
the Net Impact Service Corps program as a volunteer consultant and the
William James Foundation Socially Responsible Business Competitions as
a business plan reading judge.
Yaw Adu-Gyamfi is a co-founder and Executive Director at Kumasi Center for Lifelong Learning, a center for business and technology skills development, entrepreneurship, research, and policy advocacy based in Ghana's second and ancient city of Kumasi. Prior to founding Kumasi Center in February 2011, Yaw was General Manager at the Suame Magazine Industrial Development Organization, helping build the capacity of small-scale manufacturers, metal fabricators, and auto-mechanics in the acquisition of business and appropriate technology skills, supervising the training of 100+ entrepreneurs by 2010.
Yaw is also a Director at SpanAfrica, collaborating with 20+ grassroots organizations in Ghana, Uganda, Zambia and Kenya to build sustainable operations that deepen their impact. As a member of the Pan-African Competitiveness Forum, he is involved in promoting shared best practices for bottom up development across the continent and helped set up the Tamale Shea Cluster Initiative-TaSCi to leverage resources and enhance the operations of local Shea producers in the Northern Regions of Ghana. In 2011, Yaw began his 12 month management Fellowship with Atlas Corps Fellow, from where he helped build strategic communications capacity for CentroNia, a Washington, D.C and Maryland based organization. Since February 2012, Yaw has been serving on the Board of Shea Yeleen International, a New York registered Non-Profit that promotes sustainable economic development and empowerment of women sheabutter producers in Africa.
Yaw has 7 years experience in for profit and non-profit management and earned a degree in Information Communications Science and Technology from the Catholic University of Ghana, and expecting a Master of Science in Governance and Sustainable Development degree, 2012 from the University of Cape Coast.
Sarah Conway joined Shea Yeleen International in the fall of 2011. She is currently the Special Assistant to the President and CEO at the United States African Development Foundation, a US government agency that provides economic development grants to marginalized populations in conflict and post-conflict Africa. Sarah’s interest in sub-Saharan Africa began in Ghana as a student reporter writing on child labor issues. She has since then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar (’09) and Niger (’11) where she worked extensively on community and youth education issues including girls’ empowerment and formalized education. Sarah hails from small town Morris, Illinois, and currently resides in Washington, D.C. Sarah loves African street food, volunteering and cycling. She is a graduate of New York University.