Moiyattu Banya-Keister

From working with rural women farmers in Sierra Leone, to training female entrepreneurs in Rwanda Moiyattu has over a decade of extensive experience in working in with organizations and companies in Africa and across the Diaspora in areas related to Entrepreneurship, Education, Gender & Youth Development. She holds an Msc in Social Entrepreneurship from Columbia University, New York. Additionally, her professional experience covers skills in research, strategic planning, program design, communications and brand strategy, implementation and evaluation, and facilitating trainings. Between 2012-2014 she worked in Ghana with The Women Peace and Security Network – Africa (WIPSEN-Africa) conducting research and implementing various projects on Transformative Leadership for young girls in Ghana and Liberia. As Founder & Director of Girls Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone (GESSL) formed in 2012, Moiyattu has coordinated leadership programs targeted at over 200+ young girls to help them become social change agents in their communities. Moiyattu is Founder of Women Change Africa a platform that profiles the stories of young African women leaders and innovators. She is part of various networks in Africa and the Diaspora including the African Women’s Development Fund, African Feminist Writers, The Youth for Results Network organized by the African Development Bank . Moiyattu is a writer and has served as contributor for For.Harriet an online platform that celebrates the stories of women of color, Afroelle Magazine an online platform that shares stories of women of African descent, and she has written blogs for African Women’s Development Fund and Open Democracy. She currently provides communications solutions for start up women owned social enterprises consults for international organisations focusing on women’s & girls rights across Africa. She also teaches Social Entrepreneurship at Columbia University. She currently sits on the board of the African Women’s Development Fund-USA and is the coordinator for the African Youth Philanthropy Network. She spends her time in between the United States and Sierra Leone