Abdou S. Thiam
SENIOR CAMPAIGNER FOR STRATEGY AND POLICY INFLUENCING
He worked closely with the Paulo Gomes campaign team in Guinea Bissau managing international media relations for the presidential candidate during the country’s presidential campaigns and elections. He also worked closely with 5 research institutions supporting them to position their research findings by helping them to develop and implement communication strategies and tools for political influencing. He has also been heavily involved in key training projects and directed the Niyel’s Human Rights Advocacy Boot Camp in Dakar –Senegal for the Institute for Security Studies. Before joining Niyel, he worked for Action-Aid as an Assistant Campaigner and at
Le Soleil Newspaper as a Reporter on Society and Politics. He holds a Higher Studies Diploma in Journalism and Communication, Desj/C, from ISSIC in Senegal. Salam is from Senegal and speaks French, Wolof and English.
Atoine A. Diatta
Antoine A. Diatta is a Campaign Designer at Niyel and is very passionate about mixing colours, creating visually compelling graphics and editing images. He has been key in the development of strong and compelling campaign brands for many campaigns that Niyel has been part of including ACT Wazalendo, the Paulo Gomes campaign, Play for the Union, Fawe, Trust Africa, Les Koudous du Faso, and Oxfam’s ECOWAP project. Before joining Niyel, he worked for Flash Express, an agency that specializes in graphic designs and doing layouts for large surfaces. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Design from Sun Hi-Tech 3 Africa. Antoine is from Senegal and speaks French, Wolof and English.
CAMPAIGNER IN COMMUNICATION AND POPULAR
Esi Atiase is a Campaigner at Niyel and has a passion and skills in photography and videography.
Recently, she has been actively involved in creating compelling brands for VSO–Rwanda, Niyel, ACT Wazalendo and for the Leadership for Agriculture Network-L4Ag.
She also develops positioning and documentation messages for online and offline campaigns using videography and sound equipment.
She previously worked for People Input as Content Manager and at Octagon Marketing in Johannesburg as Production Assistant.
She holds a Bachelors degree in Communications Strategy with a major in Brand Strategy from Institut Superieur de Communication Presse et Audiovisuel in Lyon, France.
Esi is from Ghana and speaks English, French and Ewe.
SENIOR CAMPAIGNER FOR COMMUNICATION AND POPULAR MOBILIZATION
Deogratius Chaupendo is a Senior Campaigner for Communication and Popular Mobilization at Niyel. He has recently been involved in the structuring of a new party ACT-Wazalendo in Tanzania, organizing its launch and supporting the implementation of its campaign strategy during the country’s 2015 general elections. He participated in setting-up of the Niyel Campaign Academy that is focused on building the capacity of human rights advocacy campaigners and structuring political parties in Africa. Earlier, he worked closely with ITI and RTI Envision project to hold a workshop for health journalists on neglected tropical diseases and trained health officials on how to present health reports in media interviews. Before joining Niyel he worked for Impact Research and Development Organization, IRDO, as Communications Officer and at WIFIP Education and Development as an IEC Coordinator. Deo has a BA. Communication and Media Technology from Maseno University and is pursuing a M.A Project Planning and Management at the University of Nairobi. He is from Kenya and speaks English, Swahili, Luo and French.
CAMPAIGNER IN STRATEGY AND POLICY INFLUENCING
Laetitia S. Badolo is a campaigner at Niyel and has recently worked closely with Oxfam to develop a strategy for Oxfam’s GROW campaign Phase II around the revision of the ECOWAP policy. She participated in developing key success stories on innovative agricultural technologies and in organizing both the minister’s meeting and gala events during the launching of the Leadership for Agriculture Network - L4Ag, in Rome, Italy. She also worked closely with Micronutrient Initiative, MI, to organize 3 events on the sidelines of the Francophone Summit 2014 held in Dakar aimed at sharing with the Canadian Prime Minister and his delegation MI’s work in Senegal through its various program interventions. Laetitia holds a Masters degree in Business Administration, Marketing and Customer Relationship Management. Before joining Niyel, she was an intern in the Commercial department at Mc Cann Erickson (Edifice) in Ouagadougou. Laetitia is from Burkina Faso and speaks French, English, Bambara and Moore.
Mamadou Ba is the Security Oficer at Niyel. He works closely with the admin staff, especially the Logistics Officer and the Finance Manager by advising on security measures needed to strengthen the security of both the office’s resources and the staff. He often comes to work in the evenings and during the weekend when the other staff are away. He is from Senegal and speaks French and Wolof.
CAMPAIGNER IN STRATEGY AND POLICY INFLUENCING
Nafi Traore is a campaigner in the Strategy and Policy Influencing department and specializes in policy research, analysis and influencing. She is currently heading Niyel-Kigali and supporting NPA Rwanda in developing an advocacy strategy for PPIMA Project. She has also facilitated policy-influencing training sessions for, Oxfam on Aid effectiveness, the African Population & Health Center, APHC, in Nairobi -Kenya and the African Center for Peace and Security Training, ACPST, in Addis –Ethiopia and Dakar -Senegal. She participated in the development and delivery of popular mobilization campaign messages for the Play for the Union campaign and was responsible for organizing and convening Campaign Corner sessions while still in Dakar. Nafi holds a Masters degree in International Law and Politics (ILAP) and a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She is from Senegal and speaks French, English and Wolof.
Habib Diouf is the Office Driver at Niyel. He is in-charge of staff transportation especially to meet clients and at times collects visitors coming to the office from the airport or other locations that are close. He got involved in the Give Against Ebola campaign by agreeing to have his portrait used in the campaigns’ online materials to mobilize Africans to support the fight against Ebola. Before joining Niyel, he worked as a Taxi driver. He is from Senegal and speaks French and Wolof.
Fatou Sarr is the Logistics Officer at Niyel and works closely with the Finance Manager and the Executive Director. She assists the campaign staff in preparing all logistics for their activities and tasks and manages the support staff and other office resources. She also manages the front desk and receives all clients and guests coming to the office. She has been with Niyel since its establishment in 2008. In that time, she has served in various administrative positions including Executive Assistant, Administration Officer, Accounts and Logistics Officer all which have given her immense experience and fermented her mastery of Niyel’s archives and core business. Before joining Niyel, she worked as an Assistant to the Director at CEM Diene Coumba Ndiaye and at the La Préfecture de Foudiougne. She holds a Bachelors degree in Secretarial Services from Suptech Dakar. Fatou is from Senegal. She speaks French, Wolof, Serere and English.
Cecile Mendy is the Office Assistant at Niyel and supports the admin office with purchases of resources for the office and staff. She also helps with organizing and maintaining cleanliness of the office. She is from Senegal and speaks French and Wolof.
WEBMASTER / IT
Abdourahmane Seck is an intern at Niyel. And is in the final year of training in multimedia / digital communication at Sup Info - Group, Dakar. Besides graphic design and audiovisual, he has skills in designing and developing websites. Most recently he took lead in the revision of Niyel’s website. He also played a key role in the development of an online presentation for a concept being developed under a partnership between Niyel and APHRC. He is from Senegal and speaks French and Wolof.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND CORPORATE STRATEGY