Who we are?

In the Sahel, communities are the nucleus of our societies, a boundless extension of our families. As such, we recognize that, in the complex political and socio-economic realm that is the Sahel, no individual or endeavour, engaged towards the amelioration of our common home is vain. We believe that ordinary people can bring extraordinary change and we know that we are all parts in an ever-evolving machine, cogs in the wheels of change. Each individual’s impact is indispensable to secure our ideal Sahel in our lifetime, for ourselves and those who will take up the torch.

Our team, made of young Africans, propelled by their commitment to building our collective future and reflects our devotion to using contemporary tools, notably the Sustainable Development Goals, to solve the obstacles to prosperity riddling the Sahel and reverse the nefarious consequences of the disenfranchisement and marginalization of essential members of our community, such as women and individuals with disabilities.

Executive team 

Bilaly DICKO, Managing Director

Bilaly DICKO a 6 années d’expérience dans le développement communautaire. Il a commencé sa carrière en tant que secrétaire général de Give1Project au Maroc, une ONG internationale basée à Washington DC et présente dans 34 pays qui travaille à promouvoir le leadership, le développement communautaire et l’esprit d’entreprise chez les jeunes. À son retour au Mali, il a créé une organisation à but non lucratif du nom LES LEADERS DE DEMAIN qui fut à l’origine de la création de 95 emplois, 55 stages professionnels et 25 projets financés.

En juin 2017, il a été sélectionné par le programme Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders – YALI et placé à Dartmouth College dans le New Hampshire. En 2018, avec ses pairs, ils ont levé 25 000 dollars auprès du Département d’État américain pour organiser un programme de formation de 25 jeunes entrepreneurs sur l’innovation disruptive à Tombouctou. En conséquence, il a été nommé ambassadeur pour la paix par la Commission Européenne pour assister au sommet de One Young World à Londres en 2019.

Il a également travaillé comme Chef Projet de Projet à Accountability Lab Mali et fut Chef de Projet de TEDxBamako, ensuite comme consultant en développement de projets pour le Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement – PNUD Mali. Il est aujourd’hui coordonnateur de projets à International Finance Corporation (IFC) du groupe de la Banque mondiale au Mali et au Burkina Faso.

Bilaly DICKO est détenteur d’un Master en Politiques Publiques et des certificats en Business & Entrepreneuriat, de l’Université Hassan Ier de Settat (Maroc) et Dartmouth College de Hanover, New Hampshire, USA. Il est actuellement inscrit à un MBA en Finance et Investissement International.

Sa vision, dans les 10 prochaines années, est de continuer à employer son énergie pour l’atteinte des Objectifs du Développement Durable via les agences de développement international et The Disruptive Research Institute.

Aïché Danioko’s desire to contribute to the improvement of her community was sparked when she was the recipient of a Youth Exchange and Study (YES) scholarship, which awarded her the ability to live and study in the U.S. for an academic year. During her exchange year, she volunteered in a multitude of settings, such as by collecting food for her city’s food bank, and tutoring middle schoolers through a “homework club”.

Back home, she continued her involvement with the YES Program and was elected vice-president of the YES Alumni Association for 2018-2019 term. She supervised the organization of monthly community engagement activities including a Black History Month activity and an interactive workshop about gender-based violence.

In 2019, Aïché attended the Future Global Leaders (FGL) summer school at the University of British Columbia, where she studied Contemporary Moral Issues and was awarded an Oxford Royale Academy (ORA) regional scholarship to study Philosophy, Medical Biology and Global Issues for a 2-week summer school at the Queen’s College at Oxford University.

In January 2020, she attended the Global Issues Service Summit (GISS) organized by the American International School Association (AISA) in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire regarding contemporary issues faced by African countries. Aïché and her team exposed the negative effects of international aid to an assembly of students from schools across the continent.

After graduating from the American International School of Bamako, Aïché plans on continuing her work with the SDI, volunteering as an English teacher for Anglais KalansO, a volunteer-powered initiative that seeks to facilitate access to English classes, as she begins her studies in Political Science, Economics and African Studies at McGill University.

Aïché DANIOKO, Program analyst
Assetou KONE, Program analyst

Assetou Kone is the Founder and CEO of Florez, a personal lifestyle brand created two years ago. Assetou has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a double minor in Black Studies and French Literature at the City College of New York. She was the Vice President of Campus Affairs for the Undergraduate Student Government, she has been a member of the “Black Male Initiative” (BMI)  since her freshman year as well as President of the African Student Union. She has managed multiple projects for non-profit organizations such as¨VoteRunLead¨ an organization that trains and mentors women to run for local and state elections, she coordinated the African coalition of multiple African and Caribbean associations throughout her time at ¨The Black Institute” a think-tank for social and racial justice. Assetou participated in the creation of a policy that demanded the reform of the Queensborough housing crisis during Covid-19. She volunteered as a Virtual English teacher to Baccalaureat students during the Malian crisis of 2020. Assetou continues to coordinate virtual discussion through her lifestyle brand ¨Florez” in order to create a no-judgment zone for women and young adults who wish to ameliorate their personal well being as well as to discuss the socio-political, socio-cultural, and economic issues that pertain to our generation. Assetou joined the Sahel Young Professional Program as a Program Analyst in order to continue her personal mission of social equity among young professionals and young women in underserved countries of Africa.

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