The Team

Deborah Dauda (Founder/Director)

Deborah Dauda is a mother, an educator, dancer, and activist from Nigeria with keen interest and passion for the progress of African and African-Diaspora communities on matters relating to education, social inclusion, maternal/child health, peace-building, youth development, and the creative arts. She has a knack for finding common grounds in unfamiliar places/situations and uses this unique skill to bring people together and to create safe spaces for networking, collaboration, and ideation. Deborah has worked and volunteered with organizations in West/East Africa, South America, South Asia, and the United States, as a consultant, coordinator, writer, and choreographer.

Her educational background includes graduate degrees in Public Health (MPH) and African Studies (MA) and an undergraduate degree in International Development Studies (BA) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She begins her Ph.D. program in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development (SGISD) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston in Fall 2019 with a thematic focus on Gender, Security Sector Reform (SSR) and policies of exclusion.

Deborah loves Fela Kuti and Angelique Kidjo’s music and volunteers for the Red Elephant Foundation on civilian peace-building activities. When she is not working, she is keeping up with her awesome son, designing costumes, and brainstorming/ mapping out ideas on how to make Africa’s social, political, and economic sovereignty a reality.


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