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Kevin Fisher

Fara Ndiaye is a founding member of Speak Up Africa. A not-for-profit policy and advocacy action tank, where she pursues her passion for public health and sustainable development advocacy, social and behavioral change communication, and partnership building and engagement.

Beginning as the Director of Programs, Fara focused on external relations and coordinating partner activities. She then moved to the position of strategy and development director, in which she managed initiatives to advance the organization’s advocacy, programmatic and partnership goals; developed strategies to engage the private sector; and created advocacy and communications tools. Currently, as Deputy Executive Director, Fara has taken on the oversight of all program activities, ensuring proper planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; appropriate liaison and negotiation with government partners; and the meeting of national and international standards and practices.

Before joining Speak Up Africa, Fara spearheaded the communications, partnership and advocacy initiatives in Senegal for Malaria No More. Prior to that, she worked on migration issues for a variety of small non-governmental and major global organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, including the International Organization for Migration and the International Center for Migration and Health. 

Fara earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and international development at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her master’s degree in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.