Edwina Jenny Taylor Flathen

Edwina Jenny Taylor Flathen

FOUNDER AND VISION BEARER

Biography

Edwina Jenny Taylor Flathen was born in Liberia and has a background in Business Administration from the Netherlands where she studied and worked for 33 years. After years of working in the corporate world, she transitioned to the humanitarian sector in Liberia in 2009.

She served as the Program Manager for Zoa, a Dutch non-profit organization, after which she became the chairperson of the Christian Association for Regional Development (CARD), playing a vital role in propagating quality education, she and her team organized fundraising events in Europe, where proceeds were used to battle Ebola.

CARD Europe also opened two computer-free schools for young adults in Liberia and sierra leone under its program tagged “Promoting Literacy”.

PROF. PLO LUMUMBA

Prof. Plo Lumumba

LEGAL ADVISOR GLOBAL SEEDING AFRICA

Biography

Prof. PLO Lumumba is a Professor of Public Law, a holder of an LL.D (Doctor of Laws) on the Law of the Sea from the University of Ghent, Belgium, a Master of Laws degree, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi. Prof PLO Lumumba holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) (Honoris Causa) from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.

He is also a holder of the Degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) (Honoris Causa) from Bells University of Technology in Nigeria. He has been trained on Humans Rights at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies University of London in England, Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of the University of Lund in Sweden and on International Humanitarian Law in Geneva, Switzerland. He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a Certified Mediator.

BIDEMI ADEDIRE

Bidemi Adedire

COMMUNICATION AND IDEA STRATEGIST

Biography

Bidemi is a communication and idea strategist, who helps organizations and individuals leverage conventional and digital channels to upscale public/partner relations.

A highly motivated Nigerian with a passion for community and capacity development, a motivational speaker, a business inclined personality, and an avid advocate for gender mainstreaming/parity.

She is also the founder of The Smile Outreach, a budding organization deeply rooted in the ideals of quality education to foster national development through CPD, 21st-century awareness on cross-generational sexual relationships, support, and relief for the African mind via collaborative efforts one community at a time.

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Ariel Buzeria

Food Scientist Seeding Africa Foundation Global

Biography

Ariel Buzera is a dedicated scholar and researcher with a strong academic background in agriculture and food science. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture, where he developed a passion for understanding the complexity of the agricultural sector and its impact on food production and sustainability. Building upon this foundation, Ariel pursued a master’s degree in Food Science and Technology, where he honed his expertise in the science behind food processing, safety, and quality control. His commitment to advancing knowledge in this field led him to embark on a doctoral journey as a researcher at Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya, where he is currently engaged in cutting-edge research in the realm of food science and technology. His research pursuits are geared towards addressing critical challenges in the food industry, such as enhancing food safety, extending shelf life, and improving nutritional content of plant based-food.

In addition to his research pursuits, Ariel Buzera is making a significant impact as an educator. He serves as a lecturer at Univerisité Evangélique en Afrique, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through his teaching, Ariel is shaping the next generation of agricultural and food science professionals, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to address the complex challenges facing the agricultural and food sectors in the region.

Victor Marambanyika

Victor Marambanyika

GLOBAL PROJECT CORIDINATOR

Biography

Victor is the Global Project Coordinator of Seeding Africa in Norway. He
oversees local projects and coordinates Seeding Africa’s expanding
global projects portfolio. Victor is enthusiastic about capacity
building, project management, fundraising, public relations, and brand
ambassadorship. He is also passionate about sustainable agriculture and
food security (with a particular focus on smallholder farmers),
promoting health and well-being, alleviating poverty, and mitigating
hunger. Prior to joining Seeding Africa, he worked at Tikkum
Investments, NetOne Zimbabwe, Redefining Educational Initiative, and
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. Victor holds a BA in
History Honours degree, MA in Development Studies from Midlands State
University, and MSc in International Relations from the Norwegian
University of Life Sciences. He has an International Computer Driving
License (ICDL).

Moses Samba

Moses Samba

COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE
Biography

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Kenny Paradzai Kanyuchi

Kenny Paradzai Kanyuchi

HEAD OF ENGINEERING SEEDING AFRICA

Biography

A Pan African by nature and by self consciousness. I am a Power System Engineer with more than 28 years of experience in Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution across the entire voltage spectrum from Low Voltage to Extra High Voltage.

I have passion to bring renewable energy to the door step of the African disadvantaged poor who continue to languish in abject poverty in the midst of a vast God given resources.

Dr. John Hendrik Clarke once said that

‘ the accidents of history make black people what they are today , but they can work to shape the course of their future if they give themselves the trouble to know their past history not what they are told by others who have documented lies and falsifying history to glory themselves.’

Africa is at cross roads we either unite or perish. It is my passion to help Seeding Africa to achieve its mandate to help Africa feed itself and remove its dependent on Western aid which have come with certain conditions that is continuously killing the African food base and in the process poisoning the land via the so called Western seed companies.

  Louis Freeman

Louis Freeman

VICE PRESIDENT ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

Biography

A scholar in Economic and Accounting with forty-two years of working experience within the Banking institutions, United Nation [UN] Institutions and other local and International Non Governmental
Organizations in the Republic of Liberia. During the fourteen years’ of civil war in Liberia he played a vital
role in serving the Internally displaced population in various local communities and towns within the west African state. As a professional he used his Accounting and Economic skills to serve humanity as the Internally Displaced People were then vulnerable.

After the civil war he engaged in several incubation programs such as
small business skill training, rights based approach to poverty reduction and internally repatriation programs etc.

For more than ten years he served as Executive Director for Joint Local
Partners of Liberia Organization, they were involved in organizing
community based organizations [CBO’s]. The mission was to built up their
capacities for sustainable income generation.

He also served the Christian Association for Regional Development
Organization as Acting Executive Director for training of 100 smallholder farmers in market linkages along the development chain and Financial Officer.

Mr, Freeman served Mary’s Meals International Liberia in all his capacity as finance officer.

Amos G Colnoe

Amos G Colnoe

HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Biography

Is a Liberian development sociologist and anti-poverty campaigner. He is an avid admirer of Amartya Kumar Sen, an Indian
economist, and philosopher.

Colnoe was born in Monrovia, Liberia on September 15, 1969. He has
studied at the University of Ghana-Legon, Makerere University-Kampala
Uganda, the Norwegian University of Environment and Life Sciences, and
the University of Southeast-Drammen, Norway.

Colnoe worked for Sasakawa Africa Association (Global 2000), Ghana as a
Field Officer and lectured at the College of Holistic Development
(AHEAD), Buduburam in the central region of Ghana. He has also taught
civics at the school for immigrants in Vadsø, Norway, and is currently a
social worker at the Nesseby Oppvekstsenteret ( training center).

He is the author of the books Transition From Emergency Assistance to
Self-Relaiance of Liberian Refugees in Gomoa-Buduburam Ghana and ‘
Restorative Justice, as opposed to Retributive Justice for Genuine Peace in Liberia.

Dr. Jean Mundo

Dr. Jean Mundo

SEED SPECIALIST

Biography

Dr. Jean Mubalama Mondo is a researcher in sustainable food production, seed systems, and agricultural technology adoption. He holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Seed Systems. He also works on Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and Climate Information System (CIS) related topics. He has over 10 years’ experience in supporting farmers’ organizations in improving smallholder farming in eastern D.R. Congo, in projects funded by local and international organizations. He initiated and coordinates a research unit on edible mushroom (and other non-timber forest products) and is currently conducting research on neglected and underutilized indigenous crops as a climate change resilience strategy in the South-Kivu highlands. In the seed sector, Dr. Mondo helps governmental and non-governmental organizations to devise effective strategies and action plans to improve the seed delivery systems. Dr. Mondo has also been a research fellow at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) since 2020 and has served as focal point for IITA’s AfricaYam Project in DRC since July 2023.

 Shean Mukicheva Simango

Shean Mukicheva Simango

Vice President for Community Development

Biography

Shean Mukocheya Simango is the Country Representative for Seeding Africa
Zimbabwe. She is promoting agr-oecology, sustainable agriculture and food systems. This is achievable by restoring our organic small seeds and avoiding the hybrid seeds which is killing our soil. Our small seeds does not demand pesticides which is harmful to the entire environment. She has programs that are promoting participatory ecological land use management to improve the livelihoods of small scale farmers and the sustainability of farming communities by fostering ecological land use management and the restoration of the organic seeds. Doing climate smart projects. She is also a founder and team leader at Ziva Kwawakabva Trust (Know
where you come from). This organization promotes bringing people back to their roots, at the same time healing of self, family, community and the environment. She is committed to the collective healing of the Black
African people. She does Community Trauma counseling at Ziva Kwawakabva Trust Zimbabwe.
– Healing through Nature.

Social Justice Community Developer where she promote the law of Nature to be observed and appreciated. Fighting for the Seeds of Africa to be restored. She is an African Tradition Culture Activist. She is also in
Social Education Community Development as a Para legal officer working with survivors and victims of sexual abuse, Sexual Gender Based Violence victims, Juveniles in conflict with the law. Women in Prison and Promoting Victims to Break the Silence of any kind of abuse. (Angola-
2019). She also Works with the Elderly and Hearing Impairment Community
promoting Efficacy – Self enhancing perceptions and Cognitive Restructuring.

Melat

MELAT GEBRESELASSIE

CUSTOMER INSIGHT ANALYST

Biography

Melat, an Ethiopian-born entrepreneur, dedicated to advancing the vision of intra-Africa trade. She embarked on her academic journey by pursuing a degree in computer science at Goldsmiths University, followed by the successful completion of an MSc in software systems engineering at UCL.

Building upon her academic foundation, Melat flourished as an AI software engineer at a distinguished credit union bank in
London. This professional experience provided her with invaluable insights and allowed her to refine hertechnical skills.

However, driven by her deep-seated aspiration to foster economic empowerment within Africa, she transitioned towards the realm of entrepreneurship.

With an astute understanding of the immense growth potential and untapped opportunities on the continent, Melat co-founded Saba, a logistics company that focuses on connecting farmers, producers, and businesses across Africa.

Saba’s core mission revolves around bridging the divide between the agricultural sector and discerning consumers, facilitating
streamlined and efficient trade within the continent.

Complementing her entrepreneurial endeavors, Melat embodies a resolute pan-Africanist ideology.

Her insatiable intellectual curiosity finds expression in her avid reading of African history and politics. This continuous pursuit of knowledge forms the bedrock of herfervent commitment to liberate and uplift Africa, providing the impetus for her endeavors.

Melat’s unwavering determination to transform intra-Africa trade emanates from her firm belief in the continent’s vast
potential and untapped opportunities. Through herinnovative initiatives, she aspires to empower African communities,
enhance livelihoods, and make profound contributions to the economic growth and prosperity of the entire continent.

Saba

Saba is a technology-driven logistics company that is revolutionizing the connection between farmers, Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), and consumers. Ourforward-thinking platform harnesses technology to optimize the supply chain, facilitating seamless interregional and intra-African commerce.

Our mission is deeply rooted in empowering farmers and MSMEs, enabling them to access new markets and expand their customer base. Simultaneously, we strive to offer consumers access to affordable, high-quality, locally-sourced products.

We firmly believe that these endeavors will yield positive impacts on both the economy and communities across Africa.

Recognizing the pivotalrole ofrobust infrastructure in facilitating successful trade, we are wholly committed to establishing the necessary framework for an ecosystem that fosters growth and development. Collaborating closely with farmers, MSMEs, and larger enterprises, we diligently work towards developing comprehensive solutions that will expedite this transformative vision.

By harnessing the potential of technology and fostering the creation of vital infrastructure, Saba endeavors to establish a sustainable and prosperous ecosystem for all stakeholders. In doing so, we aim to nurture the growth and development of
African communities, embodying the spirit of Pan-Africanism and enabling economic empowerment throughout the continent.

Edwina Jenny Taylor Flathen

Edwina Jenny Taylor Flathen

FOUNDER AND VISION BEARER

Biography

Edwina Jenny Taylor Flathen was born in Liberia and has a background in Business Administration from the Netherlands where she studied and worked for 33 years. After years of working in the corporate world, she transitioned to the humanitarian sector in Liberia in 2009.

She served as the Program Manager for Zoa, a Dutch non-profit organization, after which she became the chairperson of the Christian Association for Regional Development (CARD), playing a vital role in propagating quality education, she and her team organized fundraising events in Europe, where proceeds were used to battle Ebola.

CARD Europe also opened two computer-free schools for young adults in Liberia and sierra leone under its program tagged “Promoting Literacy”.

Kenny Paradzai Kanyuchi

Kenny Paradzai Kanyuchi

HEAD OF ENGINEERING SEEDING AFRICA

Biography

A Pan African by nature and by self consciousness. I am a Power System Engineer with more than 28 years of experience in Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution across the entire voltage spectrum from Low Voltage to Extra High Voltage.

I have passion to bring renewable energy to the door step of the African disadvantaged poor who continue to languish in abject poverty in the midst of a vast God given resources.

Dr. John Hendrik Clarke once said that

‘ the accidents of history make black people what they are today , but they can work to shape the course of their future if they give themselves the trouble to know their past history not what they are told by others who have documented lies and falsifying history to glory themselves.’

Africa is at cross roads we either unite or perish. It is my passion to help Seeding Africa to achieve its mandate to help Africa feed itself and remove its dependent on Western aid which have come with certain conditions that is continuously killing the African food base and in the process poisoning the land via the so called Western seed companies.

  Louis Freeman

Louis Freeman

VICE PRESIDENT ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

Biography

A scholar in Economic and Accounting with forty-two years of working experience within the Banking institutions, United Nation [UN] Institutions and other local and International Non Governmental
Organizations in the Republic of Liberia. During the fourteen years’ of civil war in Liberia he played a vital
role in serving the Internally displaced population in various local communities and towns within the west African state. As a professional he used his Accounting and Economic skills to serve humanity as the Internally Displaced People were then vulnerable.

After the civil war he engaged in several incubation programs such as
small business skill training, rights based approach to poverty reduction and internally repatriation programs etc.

For more than ten years he served as Executive Director for Joint Local
Partners of Liberia Organization, they were involved in organizing
community based organizations [CBO’s]. The mission was to built up their
capacities for sustainable income generation.

He also served the Christian Association for Regional Development
Organization as Acting Executive Director for training of 100 smallholder farmers in market linkages along the development chain and Financial Officer.

Mr, Freeman served Mary’s Meals International Liberia in all his capacity as finance officer.

Dr. Jean Mundo

Dr. Jean Mundo

SEED SPECIALIST

Biography

Dr. Jean Mubalama Mondo is a researcher in sustainable food production, seed systems, and agricultural technology adoption. He holds a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Seed Systems. He also works on Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and Climate Information System (CIS) related topics. He has over 10 years’ experience in supporting farmers’ organizations in improving smallholder farming in eastern D.R. Congo, in projects funded by local and international organizations. He initiated and coordinates a research unit on edible mushroom (and other non-timber forest products) and is currently conducting research on neglected and underutilized indigenous crops as a climate change resilience strategy in the South-Kivu highlands. In the seed sector, Dr. Mondo helps governmental and non-governmental organizations to devise effective strategies and action plans to improve the seed delivery systems. Dr. Mondo has also been a research fellow at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) since 2020 and has served as focal point for IITA’s AfricaYam Project in DRC since July 2023.

PROF. PLO LUMUMBA

Prof. Plo Lumumba

LEGAL ADVISOR GLOBAL SEEDING AFRICA

Biography

Prof. PLO Lumumba is a Professor of Public Law, a holder of an LL.D (Doctor of Laws) on the Law of the Sea from the University of Ghent, Belgium, a Master of Laws degree, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi. Prof PLO Lumumba holds an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) (Honoris Causa) from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana.

He is also a holder of the Degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) (Honoris Causa) from Bells University of Technology in Nigeria. He has been trained on Humans Rights at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies University of London in England, Humanitarian Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of the University of Lund in Sweden and on International Humanitarian Law in Geneva, Switzerland. He is an Advocate of the High Courts of Kenya and Tanganyika and a Certified Mediator.

Victor Marambanyika

Victor Marambanyika

GLOBAL PROJECT CORIDINATOR

Biography

Victor is the Global Project Coordinator of Seeding Africa in Norway. He
oversees local projects and coordinates Seeding Africa’s expanding
global projects portfolio. Victor is enthusiastic about capacity
building, project management, fundraising, public relations, and brand
ambassadorship. He is also passionate about sustainable agriculture and
food security (with a particular focus on smallholder farmers),
promoting health and well-being, alleviating poverty, and mitigating
hunger. Prior to joining Seeding Africa, he worked at Tikkum
Investments, NetOne Zimbabwe, Redefining Educational Initiative, and
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. Victor holds a BA in
History Honours degree, MA in Development Studies from Midlands State
University, and MSc in International Relations from the Norwegian
University of Life Sciences. He has an International Computer Driving
License (ICDL).

Amos G Colnoe

Amos G Colnoe

HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Biography

Is a Liberian development sociologist and anti-poverty campaigner. He is an avid admirer of Amartya Kumar Sen, an Indian
economist, and philosopher.

Colnoe was born in Monrovia, Liberia on September 15, 1969. He has
studied at the University of Ghana-Legon, Makerere University-Kampala
Uganda, the Norwegian University of Environment and Life Sciences, and
the University of Southeast-Drammen, Norway.

Colnoe worked for Sasakawa Africa Association (Global 2000), Ghana as a
Field Officer and lectured at the College of Holistic Development
(AHEAD), Buduburam in the central region of Ghana. He has also taught
civics at the school for immigrants in Vadsø, Norway, and is currently a
social worker at the Nesseby Oppvekstsenteret ( training center).

He is the author of the books Transition From Emergency Assistance to
Self-Relaiance of Liberian Refugees in Gomoa-Buduburam Ghana and ‘
Restorative Justice, as opposed to Retributive Justice for Genuine Peace in Liberia.

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Ariel Buzera

FOOD SCIENTIST SEEDING AFRICA FOUNDATION GLOBAL
Biography

Ariel Buzera is a dedicated scholar and researcher with a strong academic background in agriculture and food science. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture, where he developed a passion for understanding the complexity of the agricultural sector and its impact on food production and sustainability. Building upon this foundation, Ariel pursued a master’s degree in Food Science and Technology, where he honed his expertise in the science behind food processing, safety, and quality control. His commitment to advancing knowledge in this field led him to embark on a doctoral journey as a researcher at Jomo Kenyatta University, Kenya, where he is currently engaged in cutting-edge research in the realm of food science and technology. His research pursuits are geared towards addressing critical challenges in the food industry, such as enhancing food safety, extending shelf life, and improving nutritional content of plant based-food.

In addition to his research pursuits, Ariel Buzera is making a significant impact as an educator. He serves as a lecturer at Univerisité Evangélique en Afrique, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through his teaching, Ariel is shaping the next generation of agricultural and food science professionals, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to address the complex challenges facing the agricultural and food sectors in the region.

Moses Samba

Moses Samba

Country Representative

Biography

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 Shean Mukicheva Simango

Shean Mukicheva Simango

Vice President for Community Development

Biography

Shean Mukocheya Simango is the Country Representative for Seeding Africa
Zimbabwe. She is promoting agr-oecology, sustainable agriculture and food systems. This is achievable by restoring our organic small seeds and avoiding the hybrid seeds which is killing our soil. Our small seeds does not demand pesticides which is harmful to the entire environment. She has programs that are promoting participatory ecological land use management to improve the livelihoods of small scale farmers and the sustainability of farming communities by fostering ecological land use management and the restoration of the organic seeds. Doing climate smart projects. She is also a founder and team leader at Ziva Kwawakabva Trust (Know
where you come from). This organization promotes bringing people back to their roots, at the same time healing of self, family, community and the environment. She is committed to the collective healing of the Black
African people. She does Community Trauma counseling at Ziva Kwawakabva Trust Zimbabwe.
– Healing through Nature.

Social Justice Community Developer where she promote the law of Nature to be observed and appreciated. Fighting for the Seeds of Africa to be restored. She is an African Tradition Culture Activist. She is also in
Social Education Community Development as a Para legal officer working with survivors and victims of sexual abuse, Sexual Gender Based Violence victims, Juveniles in conflict with the law. Women in Prison and Promoting Victims to Break the Silence of any kind of abuse. (Angola-
2019). She also Works with the Elderly and Hearing Impairment Community
promoting Efficacy – Self enhancing perceptions and Cognitive Restructuring.

Melat

MELAT GEBRESELASSIE

CUSTOMER INSIGHT ANALYST

Biography

Melat, an Ethiopian-born entrepreneur, dedicated to advancing the vision of intra-Africa trade. She embarked on her academic journey by pursuing a degree in computer science at Goldsmiths University, followed by the successful completion of an MSc in software systems engineering at UCL.

Building upon her academic foundation, Melat flourished as an AI software engineer at a distinguished credit union bank in
London. This professional experience provided her with invaluable insights and allowed her to refine hertechnical skills.

However, driven by her deep-seated aspiration to foster economic empowerment within Africa, she transitioned towards the realm of entrepreneurship.

With an astute understanding of the immense growth potential and untapped opportunities on the continent, Melat co-founded Saba, a logistics company that focuses on connecting farmers, producers, and businesses across Africa.

Saba’s core mission revolves around bridging the divide between the agricultural sector and discerning consumers, facilitating
streamlined and efficient trade within the continent.

Complementing her entrepreneurial endeavors, Melat embodies a resolute pan-Africanist ideology.

Her insatiable intellectual curiosity finds expression in her avid reading of African history and politics. This continuous pursuit of knowledge forms the bedrock of herfervent commitment to liberate and uplift Africa, providing the impetus for her endeavors.

Melat’s unwavering determination to transform intra-Africa trade emanates from her firm belief in the continent’s vast
potential and untapped opportunities. Through herinnovative initiatives, she aspires to empower African communities,
enhance livelihoods, and make profound contributions to the economic growth and prosperity of the entire continent.

Saba

Saba is a technology-driven logistics company that is revolutionizing the connection between farmers, Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs), and consumers. Ourforward-thinking platform harnesses technology to optimize the supply chain, facilitating seamless interregional and intra-African commerce.

Our mission is deeply rooted in empowering farmers and MSMEs, enabling them to access new markets and expand their customer base. Simultaneously, we strive to offer consumers access to affordable, high-quality, locally-sourced products.

We firmly believe that these endeavors will yield positive impacts on both the economy and communities across Africa.

Recognizing the pivotalrole ofrobust infrastructure in facilitating successful trade, we are wholly committed to establishing the necessary framework for an ecosystem that fosters growth and development. Collaborating closely with farmers, MSMEs, and larger enterprises, we diligently work towards developing comprehensive solutions that will expedite this transformative vision.

By harnessing the potential of technology and fostering the creation of vital infrastructure, Saba endeavors to establish a sustainable and prosperous ecosystem for all stakeholders. In doing so, we aim to nurture the growth and development of
African communities, embodying the spirit of Pan-Africanism and enabling economic empowerment throughout the continent.