U.S. Headquarters Staff
E. Aminata Brown – Executive Director and Founder
As a Languages student, Aminata fell in love with the romance of French culture and likewise, developed a deep intrigue in her cultural African roots. By age 19, Brown realized her longing to better understand her own ancestry and moved to Senegal to volunteer at the S.O.S. Childrens' Village as an English instructor, while studying at the nearby Universite de Dakar. She later completed her junior year of undergraduate work at the University of Legon in Accra, Ghana and ultimately moved to live and work there in 1999.
Aminata graduated with Honors' from Brown University, earning a B.A. with dual majors in English Literature and African-American Studies with a focus on African Studies. After college, she lived among Senegalese people in Montreal, Canada and Quebec City, Quebec. Throughout these life-enriching experiences, Brown discovered a deep love for her own African heritage and a special interest in its rich cultural legacy.
Her professional career began as a Change Management Consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) where she worked traveling throughout the United States. Brown has continued her Change Management work facilitating trade delegations between Israel and Africa, providing Project Management and Instructional Design services to clients such as Deloitte & Touche, The Gap, Old Navy, Fresh & Easy, the University of California Office of the President, and Executive Coaching to corporate leaders and entrepreneurs. Aminata also holds a Masters' degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
Ghana Program Staff
Asare Dakwa - Transition Program Lead
Asare joined the SISTAWorks team in the Spring of 2013 as the Transition Program Lead to provide greater support to the graduating secondary school SISTA Scholars. He is a native of Akwamu-Anyansu in the Eastern Region of the Republic of Ghana, and graduated from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2002.
After his National Service, Master Asare took up permanent employment at Bolgatanga Girl's Senior High school, where he has been extremely instrumental to the molding and education of the girls for the past 10 years. He teaches math and physics, and has a passion for helping the most vulnerable in society. Asare is responsible for organizing remedial classes for students in the northern part of the country - many students have completed secondary school through his effort. Dedication, fairness and total commitment to work are Asare's watch words. Students refer to him as "Master Akuo", and he was awarded "Best Teacher" at the school's 40th year anniversary.
Patience Adoganga - Program Counselor
Patience has used her accounting skills and passion for the improvement of Ghana's economy to provide much needed support to the administrative side of SISTAWorks' work in Ghana. In addition to continuing her education towards a Bachelor's of Commerce at the University of Cape Coast, Patience works as our Program Counselor to provide daily support to our SISTA Scholars in secondary and post-secondary school programs.