Develop Africa's team comprises of dynamic, dedicated, forward- thinking and compassionate individuals whose desire is to impact and effect a lasting transformation in the lives of individuals in Africa. Develop Africa works in partnership with businesses, non-profit organizations, and trained individuals in the US and all around the globe who specialize in development work in Africa.  The backgrounds of our staff and partners range from full-time work experience in international development to advanced degrees in business, education, development and leadership.  Find below our dynamic staff, board members and volunteers. 

 

 Board Members

 

Sylvester Renner is passionate about effecting permanent change and making a mark in Africa that cannot be erased.  He is the co-founder and president of Develop Africa. Mr. Renner holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA), with a specialization in Information Technology. He has over 15 years of strategic, hands-on experience in project management, small business development, business analysis, information technology implementation, and web development and consulting.  Mr. Renner has worked full-time with RURCON/RUDERSERV (in partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS)) and with NGOs implementing food and nutrition programs in Western Area, South and Eastern Provinces of Sierra Leone. He has also worked in literature development and reading promotion. Mr. Renner is semi-fluent in French and widely traveled internationally.  You can follow Sylvester on twitter @sylrenner.

 


Dr. Henry Antkiewicz is currently Professor of History at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) and an Honors College Faculty Fellow.  He served as the Director for ETSU's Office of International Programs for nine years.  He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanganyika (present Tanzania) from 1963-65 and, later, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Zambia from 1977-86.  Dr. Antkiewicz has conducted research in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Tanzania. He has extensive international experience and has consulted, lectured, and presented papers in several countries. 

  


 

Dr. Jasmine Renner  is  a Fulbright Specialist Scholar and an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at East Tennessee State University.  She is also the co-founder and Director of Development and International Outreach at Develop Africa, Inc.  A native of Sierra Leone, Dr. Renner formerly practiced law as an attorney specializing in general legal practice. She has authored several scholarly articles and book chapters on cross cultural leadership and sustainable development in developing nations. As a consultant, Dr. Renner advises on cross-cultural issues relating to global education, strategic planning, educational policy, and sustainable development in developing countries.


 

Daniel Sesay is founder of a non-profit organization "Rebuild Sierra Leone."  He immigrated to the US in 1994 to study music at the Colorado Christian University, and graduated with a degree in Music Ministry in 1998.  He  is currently the interim Worship Director at mountain view community church in Colorado.  Mr. Sesay is married to Erica and has two girls: Keisha and Cierra.  He loves to write and play music, travel and watch movies.


Janet Tucker holds a joint honors degree in French and English from the University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College, and a  Masters in Development from the United Kingdom.  Janet is leader who is passionate about sustainable  development and human rights issues, especially as it relates to women and girls.


Dr. George Naholi served as a high school teacher, college lecturer, Senior Education Officer in Kenya from 1971-92.  He was the Senior Manpower Development Officer at the Office of the President and the Directorate of Personnel  Management (DPM) for Local and Foreign Training from 1992-2004.  Dr. Naholi became a member of the United States Achievement Academy (USAA) in 2006.  He holds a PhD in Education at East Tennessee State University and is passionate about making a difference in Africa.
 


 

Asonganyi Venard holds two Masters degrees from East Tennessee State University.  A native of Cameroon he is happily married with 2 children.
 


Technical Director

Rick

Rick Kubin is passionate about technology and its potential for a positive impact to people and our environment. Currently the Enterprise Architect for Information Management and Analytics at Pacific Gas and Electric in California, Mr. Kubin has a Bachelors Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Victoria and is the holder of two US Patents in semiconductors. As a life long explorer of what makes things tick, he now applies his knowledge of technology to improving how we create and manage electricity at scale. He has provided technology consulting to Fortune 500 companies and led the development of international standards for the environmental sustainability of electronic products. Mr. Kubin is a strong believer that through access to technology all people have equal opportunities to learn, thrive and grow, and is providing technical direction and corporate community liaison to Develop Africa.