Florindo U. Chivucute
Florindo Chivucute is the founder and Executive Director of Friends of Angola (FoA) and Radio Angola, and Co-founder of the United Network Transition (UTN). Florindo earned his Master’s degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and has over 5 years of experience working in non-profit organizations, international development, international relations, peacebuilding, and education while being active in the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) in the United States. Since founding Friends of Angola in April 2014, he has led the design and implementation of four projects in Angola: Radio Angola (an online radio station hosted by Florindo); Strengthening Nonviolent Civic Engagement Among the Youth; Strengthening Democracy in Angola Through Community Journalism; Zuela Application – a pro-democracy and social networking smartphone app focused on fostering good governance, eradicating corruption, monitoring elections and human right violations and more. All projects were envisioned as part of a larger theory of change (ToC) to strengthen the capacity of civil society, empower women and youth while promoting nonviolent civic engagement by using new and existing technologies in Angola and the South-Western African Region. These projects were funded by The National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Florindo has also experience on higher education, worked as an Education Support Specialist II and International Student Advisor/DSO at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and currently he is working at Pennsylvania State University as an International Student Adviser.
Domingos da Cruz Maninho
Domingos da Cruz is an adviser and permanent consultant to FoA. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Pedagogy from the IDBES (Don Bosco Institute of Higher Studies-Angola) and a Master’s Degree in Legal Sciences-Human Rights Area from the Federal University of Paraiba-UFPB-Brazil. A journalist and writer, he has published eight books in his native language and was the winner of the National Prize of Human Rights – Ricardo de Melo Category in 2009. He is a member of the (NCDH) Center for Citizenship and Human Rights of the UFPB, acting in the Research Group on Public Security, Violence and Human Rights . He is also a guest member of the research group on Rhetoric and Human Rights of CCJ (Center for Legal Sciences). Domingos also teaches Human Rights, Philosophy of Education and Theory of Education and acts as a spokesperson for the Institute for Media in the Southern Africa Region – MISA-Angola.
Hanna Yamir is the Development Consultant and Senior Editor to Friends of Angola and Co-founder of Untied Transition Network. She provides fundraising, proposal writing and editorial consultation among other managerial duties. Hanna has experience working in non-profit, international development, peacebuilding, and education fields in a dynamic capacity. Her work experiences in Africa, Asia, and the US have led her to work with refugees and immigrant women, high school students and orphaned children on issues ranging from domestic abuse to human rights and conflict resolution. As a passionate advocate of youth and women’s empowerment she is constantly looking for ways to improve vulnerable communities living condition through sustainable means while contributing towards partnership building and organizational planning that are vital to the work and mission of the enterprise she has the honor to work for. Hanna holds a B.A in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an M.S in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Mr Besu Feleke
Besu Feleke is the Treasurer and Financial Consultant to Friends of Angola and Co-founder of United Transition Network. Besu has 15 years combined experience in Banking, Management, Business Development, International Business, Non-Profit Organizations and Financial Advising. For the past 8 years, he has been working as a Banking Professional assisting businesses with capital formation and consultation where he managed a portfolio up to $40 million. During this time, Besu has also dedicated himself to teaching young students, entrepreneurs and low income families financial literacy and money management. Feleke holds an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, a B.S in History from Radford University and a B.A. in Sociology from The American College of Greece.
Ms. R Shafiq
Rifat Shafiq is the Research and Grant Assistant at Friends of Angola. Prior to this, she worked at nonprofit organizations that provide direct representation to underprivileged communities. Ms. Shafiq completed her LL.M. From American University with specialization in Human Rights Law. She dreams of a world where there is no poverty and discrimination. She strongly believes that we can heal the world and make it a better place. She loves to read, travel and try out new cuisine.
Camille Dantzler is passionate about leveraging technology to properly document human rights abuses all over the world and through that start a conversation with all relevant stakeholders in looking for ways to properly address such issues. This has made her an integral part of the architectural and interface design of Zuela – the social networking application that looks to empower individuals to report and follow all updates relating to issues they are passionate about including human rights. In addition, Camille is a Frederick Douglass Doctoral Fellow and Preparing Future Faculty member at Howard University. Her research focuses on critical trauma theory, media representation, narratology, gender studies, and film studies in the Great Lakes region. She received her masters’ degree at The Ohio State University in African and African-American Studies and double bachelor’s degree at Indiana University-Bloomington in African-American and African Diaspora Studies and Psychology. Dantzler’s dissertation research examines the complex of female subjectivity, women filmmakers, and gender policy in Rwanda.