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Experience Senegal Program©

 
Rama Sow NiangRama Sow Niang, Coordinator Experience Senegal Program©. Ms. Niang hails from Kaolack, Senegal. She holds a "Licence" in English from the Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD) in Dakar, an AAS in International Business from Nova College in Virginia, and both a BBA in Marketing and an MBA in Management from Strayer University in Virginia. She was previously the Interim Director of the Office of Student Life at Suffolk University's Dakar campus. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and music, cooking, sewing and making jewelry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Papa Samba GayePapa Samba Gaye – Assitant Coordinator Experience Senegal Program©.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Cheikh Thomas FayeCheikh Thomas Faye, Language instructor. Mr. Faye has been teaching Sereer-Siin, Wolof, and French at the Baobab Center since 2003. A native of Fatick in the Sine-Saloum region, he taught languages classes at the Peace Corps in Senegal between 1999 and 2001. His most recent project is corresponding with a school in Rouen, Educatel, in France. In his free time, he writes poetry in Sereer and French and hopes to publish in the future.
 
Rudy GomisRudy Gomis, Senior Language instructor. Rudy has worked with ACI since its creation teaching French, Wolof, Diola and Portuguese Creole. Originaly from the Region of Ziguinchor in the Casamance, Rudy is also lead singer in Senegal's Orchestre Baobab which has made an extraordinary comeback over the past few years. His time is now divided between teaching at ACI and touring the world with the orchestra.
 
Ismaila MassalyIsmaila Massaly, Language Instructor. Mr. Massaly is a Wolof and French instructor at the Baobab Center, as well as an assistant language coordinator. Mr. Massaly helps prepare the class schedule and hours of the instructors for all the student programs, as well as assisting in technical support. Born in Tanaff in the Casamance region, he came to Dakar in 1975, where he received degrees in geography and history from University Cheikh Anta Diop. He joined the ACI team in 1998.
 
Dienaba SignateDienaba Signaté, Language instructor. Ms. Signaté teaches classes in Pulaar, French, and Wolof for ACI. Born in Guinea and raised in Kédougou, she taught language classes for the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1993 til 1996. She has worked for ACI since 1997, where she serenades the staff with beautiful Senegalese and old French songs when she is not introducing students to new languages. She recently has worked with Baobab students to start a cafeteria at a nearby school for students from low-income families.
 
Oumoul SowOumoul Sow, Language instructor and Assistant Housing Coordinator. Ms. Sow has taught French, Pulaar, and Wolof at the Baobab Center since 1998. She also acts as an assistant housing coordinator for all exchange students, where she coordinates and mediates with the home-stay families. Before coming to work at the Baobab Center, she worked with the Peace Corps and at other local associations where she taught Wolof classes. Ms. Sow is the president of the association GIE, in Thiès, which works to support women in rural villages.
 
 
Hamidou GambigaHamidou Gambiga, teaches French, Wolof, Bambara and Soninké for ACI. Originally from Thies but currently living in Dakar, Mr. Gambiga was trained as an assistant accountant but later opted for language teachiing. In addition to providing language instruction, Mr. Gambiga has carried out socio-economic studies in almost all of Senegal's 14 regions.
 
Abdou Rahmane SarrAbdou Rahmane Sarr, teaches French, Wolof and Seereer for ACI. Originally from the island of Niodior at the mouth of the Saloum river, Abdou is a former Peace Corps language instructor and holds a certificate in language teaching from the International School in Brattleboro Vermont. He first studied at the College of Wooster in Ohio in the US. in the States and went on Auburn University in Alabama where he learned aquaculture. He later applied his newly acquired skills to a fish farming project in Lac de Guiers in Ker Momar, the Region of Louga. During a recent stay in the US, he offered courses in Wolof and African culture at the University of New York in Buffalo.
 
Elimane GueyeElimane Gueye,Language Instructor. Originally from the island of Niodior at the mouth of the Saloum river, Abdou is a former Peace Corps language instructor and holds a certificate in language teaching from the International School in Brattleboro Vermont. He first studied at the College of Wooster in Ohio in the US. in the States and went on Auburn University in Alabama where he learned aquaculture. He later applied his newly acquired skills to a fish farming project in Lac de Guiers in Ker Momar, the Region of Louga. During a recent stay in the US, he offered courses in Wolof and African culture at the University of New York in Buffalo.
 
Ali DaboAli Dabo, Language Instructor. Originally from the island of Niodior at the mouth of the Saloum river, Abdou is a former Peace Corps language instructor and holds a certificate in language teaching from the International School in Brattleboro Vermont. He first studied at the College of Wooster in Ohio in the US. in the States and went on Auburn University in Alabama where he learned aquaculture. He later applied his newly acquired skills to a fish farming project in Lac de Guiers in Ker Momar, the Region of Louga. During a recent stay in the US, he offered courses in Wolof and African culture at the University of New York in Buffalo.
 
 
Health and Social Justice
 
 
Djiby SowDjiby Sow, Health Department Coordinator. Born and raised in Dakar, Djiby's family has its origins in the town of Darou Mousty. He trained as a journalist with a specialization in health communication and is a national leader in the scouting movement where he worked for many years and learned advanced training techniques. For several years, Djiby was the program officer for training and capacity building in the CEDPA project for youth and women's reproductive health. He joined ACI as a consultant in 2007 and has worked on the development of a new social justice and conflict transformation program. He recently assumed the position of coordinator of ACI's health activities
 
Moustapha DiengMoustapha Dieng. Mr. Dieng began working with ACI in 2000, after working for two years with ASBEF (Association Senegalaise de Bien-Etre Familiale) in Dakar. He has been working in the fight against HIV/AIDS since 1995. His primary focus is reproductive and sexual issues facing youth in Africa, and he conducts workshops between youth and adults to facilitate dialogue. Currently, Mr. Dieng travels to the Region of Ziguinchor monthly to work with a number of local associations and bring them new training techniques and HIV resources, and recently began working with community groups and associations of people living with HIV in the Region of Thies as well. In October 2007, Mr. Dieng attended a two and a half week intensive course on "Community Prevention: The fight against HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases” at Galillee College in Nahalal, Israel.
 
 
Abdoulaye KonateAbdoulaye Konate. Abdoulaye began working at ACI in 1997. He has done extensive community mobilization in the region of Kaolack in the response to HIV/AIDS, where the epidemic poses the greatest risk in Senegal. He has served as the president of the Forum des “Relais Communautaires” with “ENDA-Tiers Monde”, an international NGO based in Dakar. Outside of his work, he is an artist, who likes drawing, silkscreen printing, and stage acting. He also sits on his neighbourhood ward council, serving as chairman of the sports and leisure commission. In October 2007, Mr. Konaté attended a two and a half week intensive course on "Community Prevention: The fight against HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases” at Galillee College in Nahalal, Israel.
 
 
 
MARKETING & COMMUNICATION SERVICE
 
 
Ibrahima DialloIbrahima Diallo, Webmaster and IT Coordinator. Ibou Diallo, is an IT specialist with expertise in both hard ware and soft ware. He was born in Dakar to a family whose origins are in the Casamance. He loves films and reading and practicing his English. He is married to another computer specialist and only other IT people can understand what they are saying when they talk to each other!
 
 
 
 
Ibrahima Khaliloulahi DaboIbrahima Khaliloulahi Dabo, IT. Ibrahima Khaliloulahi Dabo is in charge of computer maintenance and networks at ACI. He studied at AGIF in Dakar from 2007 to 2009 where he earned the title of  advanced technicien for maintenance and computer networks. He was responsible for computer maintenance at ICOMB before coming to ACI.  Dabo as everyone calls him, lives in Fass de l’Orme with his parents and loves to play video games. He works out every morning from 6 to 7:30 to stay in shape.
 
 

ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE

 
Marieme GueyeMariéme Gueye, Administrative Assistant. Ms. Gueye is the head of administration and logistics at ACI. She has worked at ACI since 1993. She completed previous work for USAID on three health projects, two in Dakar, and one in rural areas, from 1985 to 1993. When she is not busy at the Baobab Center, she spends her spare time with her family and children.
 
 
 
 
 
Ndèye Tako Athj, Accountant. Ms. Athj holds Master Degrees in Financial Audit and Accounting Management from the Higher Institute of Management, and  a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the Higher Polytechnic School of Dakar. She is single and family oriented with a special attention and devotion to her parents and her siblings whom she loves more than anything.
 
 
 
 
Mame Maty Ka Dieng Mame Maty Ka Dieng, Assistant to Marième Gueye in the Admin Office. Mame Maty was born in Dakar from Gambian parents. She studied to be an office assistant/secretary and worked with the electric company Senelec and a medical practice before joining ACI in 2007. She likes music, dancing, reading and travel.
 
 
Mamadou Sello SowMamadou Sellou Sow (Doyen), Receptionist. Mr. Sow is one of the original four members of the ACI family, starting in 1984. He facilitates administrative tasks at the reception area, providing information to visitors, registering students for classes, and acting as a resource guide for newcomers to Dakar. Mr. Sow completed his studies in English at the American Cultural Center, and went to the United States on a Rotary International exchange program in 1988.
 
 

SUPPORT STAFF

 
Khadidiatou BaKhadidiatou "Néné" Ba, Custodian. Néné has been keeping ACI spick and span since 1995. She also helps with catering and service for conferences and events hosted by ACI. Before joining ACI, Néné worked for four years at the offices of the electrical company, Sénélec. She was born in Ziguinchor, in the south of Senegal, moving to Dakar at the age of 11. She likes to travel in her time off, and enjoys going to the market, cooking and attending social events.
 
Diarra ColyDiarra Coly, Assistant Custodian. Diarra was born in Niamoun, Casamance in 1985 and came to Dakar in 2000 when she was 15 years old.  She began learning sewing in a women’s center but soon left to begin working.  She joined ACI as Assistant Custodian in 2007.  Diarra Lives with her husband in Dakar.  She likes to listen to the radio and watch television.
 
 
Paul ColyPaul Coly. Mr. Coly has been a part of the ACI family since 1990, helping transport ACI staff all over Senegal. Before ACI, he worked as a chauffeur for the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1977-1979, and the Ford Foundation from 1981-1988. Between 1974 and 1982, Mr. Coly was a prominant basketball player in the region and was selected twice to play for the Senegalese national basketball team.
 
Mamadou FayeMamadou Faye, Guard. Mamadou hails from the village of Ngoundiane Naax just outside of Thies, where two wives and his family live.  He has been working at ACI since 1997. Faye is a big fan of the Senegalese wrestler Yekini. When he has time off work he likes to visit friends and family. 
 
 
 
Sadio KeitaSadio Keita , Guard. Mr. Sadio Keita has been watching over the Baobab Center during the day since 2001. He moved from Kedougou to Dakar in 1988. Mr. Keita is the first to greet everyone in the morning and finds satisfaction in watching the daily progression of student's language ability, particularly in Wolof. He knows everything going on inside the Center and out on the streets.
 
 
Ibou SeneIbou Sène, Night Guard. Mr. Sène has taken care of the Baobab Center at night since 1989. Before starting his work as a guard, he worked in a factory for five years in Dakar, treating fish and shrimp. He is originally from Ngoundiane, in the region of Thiès, and came to Dakar in 1977. A true night owl, Mr. Sène enjoys interacting with all the students who pass through ACI, and thanks to them and his own initiative, he has now learned English and French.
 
 
 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTION

Gary EngelbergSimon Lazarre Badiane, Executive Director.

 

 

 

 

 

Gary EngelbergGary Engelberg, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor. A graduate of Columbia University who has lived in Dakar for nearly forty five years, Mr. Engelberg has maintained his belief in the value of human exchange across cultures that was the inspiration for the creation of ACI. After Peace Corps volunteer service in Senegal, Gary remained in Dakar on the staff of Peace Corps in Senegal and West Africa, as training, language and education specialist. Subsequently working in most development sectors as an independent consultant and getting more and more involved in health issues, he founded ACI in 1983 with his partner, Lillian Baer who subsequently retired in 2006. Gary has led ACI into the mainstream of HIV/AIDS training and advocacy since 1990 and currently directs the organization. 

 
 

 

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