- About Us
StartUp Grind Banjul is partnering with the West African Internet Governance forum to bring to you an Exciting feature leveraging on the importance the Tech in creating jobs in the society. Mobile Penetration in Africa is very high so thus create us an opportunity to provide the young people with the necessary tools to dream and use technology to their advantages. Our Speakers seeks to engage in this exciting forum and discuss emerging trends in the digital marketing space that can help us adapt and make best use of the available opportunities.
Awamary is the Founder, CEO of Innovate Gambia and The Woman Boss; initiatives created to help revitalize economic development in The Gambia and region, and to be a catalyst for Innovation for Girls and Women. She left her corporate America 9 to 5 job, to focus on giving back to the community where it all started for her. She is also the CEO of AKHAN, Inc.; a management consulting company and President/ Co-Founder of PointClick Technologies, LLC; an IT cloud hosting and dedicated managed services company, operating in 4 continents. She was the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial + Operating Officer for Carolina Small Business Development Fund (CSBDF), managing their social impact investment portfolio.
She has over 20 years of working in the financial, nonprofit, management, and innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem. She is the influencer behind CSBDF’s Black Entrepreneurship Week, and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center - a partnership with Shaw University. She was awarded Leaders in Diversity by the Triangle Business Journal in Raleigh, NC, USA, and in 2015, was nominated for Woman of the Year by Spectacular Magazine. Prior, she worked for the American Red Cross, as their Regional Finance Executive, and as the Chief Financial Officer for Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities.
Awamary is a sought-after speaker for numerous conferences and workshops relating to investment, leadership, women, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She has participated in forums at the White House, U.S. Congress, and State level government, to impact policy for Minorities and Small Businesses. She served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for CASA Esperanza Montessori School in Raleigh, NC, USA, the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Reinvestment Partners in Durham, NC, USA, and as an Advisory Board Member to Innovate Raleigh. She received her MBA from Upper Iowa University, Executive Education Program from Harvard University and Duke University, and her Bachelor of Science from Shaw University.
Fatou Jabbie, Principal and Founder and CEO of USL Technology Inc, an owner’s representative for Hospitality, Data Centers, Industrial and buildings, specializing in scaling energy efficiency and deeper retrofits, sustainable design strategies, whole building energy simulation modeling, energy code compliance, ASHRAE 9.1 / Appendix G, NYC clean energy and efficiency policies, LEED (new and existing building) consulting.
Ms. Jabbie has a background in Computer Science with more than 15 years of professional experience as an I.T network systems engineer working in Wireless Telecommunication, eCommerce and
Finance and sectors. In her previous roles working in the data center environment where power consumption is 24x7 365 days a year, pivoting into sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment has been a natural fit. Fatou is responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations where she employs an integrated and systems thinking approach working with architects, engineers, companies, and government agencies in new building design and construction projects, better integrate intelligent technologies, and engineer network solutions.
Ms. Jabbie is an Efficiency Advisor on the NYC Retrofit Accelerator. She is also on the Sustainability Committee of the Hotel Association of NYC (HANYC). The NYC Retrofit Accelerator is a free City program available to assist Landlords, Owners and Shareholders with property improvements. As an Efficiency Advisor, her company works with engineering and management teams to incorporate energy efficiency as part of their daily operations plan into immediate and/or longer-term capital planning projects while evaluating economic, engineering and environmental benefits in the decision making process.
Ms. Jabbie a MSc. in Sustainability Management graduate from Columbia University, LEED Accredited Professional in new building design and construction, and has a degree in Computer Science from Kentucky State University.
Beran is a young woman who is very passionate about the effects of ICTs and how it can be used to better lives. She returned to her native Gambia after acquiring both her Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Computing Science and her master’s in computer networks (Distinction) at Middlesex University in North London, United Kingdom.
She is currently serving as Chair the Youth Empowerment Project’s ICT Core Team Committee and also the National ICT Consultant for the International Trade Center responsible for coordinating all ICT sector related issues under the Project. Under her chairmanship, the IT Association (ITAG) has since been revived, a Startup Association has been in the works and the Tech ecosystem is reactivated. Her Institution ITAG is the sole representation of ICT institutions, professionals and students in The Gambia.
As the Vice President of the IT Association since 2010, Beran Led the transformation of the Association to becoming an active status from a dormant one 8 years prior her taking over. She was able to successfully implemented a handful of activities one of recent being the standardization of ICT Training in The Gambia which is a great milestone in the industry.
She has diverse work experience ranging from Government and International Relations to ICT in the Private Sector. As the Deputy Director ICT at the Directorate of National Treasury (DNT) under Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs in The Gambia, she oversees the deployment of Gambia’s first automated Government accounting system, the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).
She has also worked as the sole representative for De La Rue Identity Systems in The Gambia charged with the design, set-up, implementation and administration of The Gambia’s first Machine Readable Passports as System Administrator of The Gambia Passport Office. I worked closely with other De La Rue set-ups in the West African region including the Sierra Leone Passport System.
She also runs an ICT Consultancy Firm and have deployed various systems under this Role. She is also a mentor for Women in Technology in The Gambia and a Girls in ICT Advocate.she has great interpersonal skills, work well under pressure, an independent thinker and a doer who is highly motivated.
Beran is what you will call a superhero in community Development and has actively been in the Large Community of ICANN having been an ALAC Leader for Africa from 2013-2015. She is also current advisor to The Gambia Government on ICT Policy having facilitated The Gambia joining the Government Advisory Committee of ICANN in 2014. She has served as an advisor to different agencies in the ICT sector and is at the forefront in the development of ICT Policy in The Gambia.