The Guinean Alliance for Education and Development’s Executive Officers
GAED’s Executive Officers are composed of a diverse group of individuals, who are driven by making a difference in people’s lives through education. The Executive Officers are responsible for the day to day operation of the Organization led by the President.
Mamadou Aliou Diallo, President
Mamadou Aliou Diallo is currently the President of GAED and has been involved with the organization since 2015. Prior to being elected President, Mamadou Aliou served as the Director of Programs and Projects most recently and as Director of Communications prior.
Mamadou Aliou has had the opportunity to live in Guinea as well as the United States and to attend school in both nations. He has witnessed the educational disparity between the two and believes that living in the U.S. has given him and many of us access to a first-class education, a statement which most people around the globe, including in Guinea, cannot make. As such, he sees it as his responsibility and duty to give back to those who have not been as fortunate. He is humbled and grateful to be part of such a great organization and hopes that united through GAED and by the will of the Almighty, we can all make a greater positive impact beyond anything that we could achieve individually.
Outside of GAED, Mamadou Aliou is a passionate husband and father, engineer, podcast host, and a seminar speaker and workshop facilitator for first-gen and minority students aspiring to become engineers.
Mariama Yacine Balde, Vice President
Mariama Balde is the Vice President of Operations at GAED. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Quebec in Montreal. And she is passionate about helping young students get access to a great and quality education. Mariama strongly believes that when an individual is given access to a great education, he or she is empowered with the tools needed to build a dignified and successful life.
Mariama Diallo, Vice President of Personnel and Resources
Mariama joined GAED in 2016 in her last semester of undergrad. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland College Park focusing on international development, she has always had a passion for giving back to her community and her country of origin. Mariama’s first role in GAED was as Community Development Coordinator. In 2018, Mariama assumed the role of Director of Budget and Finance. As of 2020, she has held the position of Vice President of Personnel and Resources, where she handles the organization and onboarding of GAED team members, as well as overseeing the organization’s finances. Mariama currently works as a Grants Specialist in Washington, D.C. She is excited for the future of GAED and is proud of what the organization has been able to accomplish since its founding.
Fode Mohamed Drame, Director of IT
Fode Mohamed Drame, Director of IT graduated from the University of Memphis with a master’s degree in industrial/manufacturing engineering in 2016. Also, he earned the Graduate Certificate in Lean and Leadership at the University of Memphis in the same year. Prior to coming to the U.S., he attended school in Guinea, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Labe in 2009. He has been working for Flex LTD as a process engineer since January 2017. Prior to Flex LTD, he worked
for Jabil Circuit Inc since 2012. He is so excited and looking forward to knowing and collaborating with each member to achieve GAED’s goals.
Ousmane Toure, Sales Coordinator
Ousmane Toure was educated in accounting, finance, and economics at Pace University. After college, he went on to work for the world renown firm Deloitte and Touche as an investment management auditor. During his experience working in the world of high finance, Ousmane understood the importance of financial education to the successful operation of families, schools, businesses, and other organizations. After leaving Deloitte and Touche, Ousmane started consulting small business clients on their personal and business financial matters. Surprised at the lack of financial education, Ousmane decided to hone his entrepreneurial skills in order to increase financial literacy and awareness. Currently, he is working on several projects to promote his own brand of financial services and education products.
Hadiatou Wann, Director of Communications and Marketing
Hadiatou Wann is an award-winning and bestselling author, and the founder of “I Am African & I Can,” a women’s empowerment blog that highlights stories of Black women’s struggles and successes. She holds an Associates in Business Administration and bachelor’s in corporate communications. Born in Guinea, Conakry and raised in New York, she believes that education is a gateway to endless opportunities. She joined GAED as Director of Communication to give back to her community and help contribute to the success of future Guinean leaders.
Fatoumata Binta Diallo, Leadership Coordinator
Fatoumata B. Diallo currently works as a Surgical Coordinator for Neurosurgery at Mercy Hospital. She graduated from Towson University where she majored in healthcare management. She is currently enrolled in UMBC’s master’s program in healthcare administration (HCAD). She joined GAED as a Leadership Coordinator for the Youth Engagement & Leadership Department. For her, the best way to assure better social, economic, and professional outcomes is to start building now. She strongly believes that when exposed to educational opportunities early on, youth can build skills that will help further them in life. Investing her time and efforts to give back will benefit her as well, and she could not have done it without GAED.
Aliou Balde, Deputy Director GAED-Europe
Aliou Balde, has joined the Guinean Alliance for Education and Development (GAED) as a Finance Coordinator in 2018 and is currently the Regional Director of GAED Europe. GAED, has established an organization with a focus on serving the young future leaders, making a difference in their lives through education.
He is living in Switzerland and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and is presently doing his Master of Science in economics at HEC Lausanne Business School, Switzerland.
Aliou believes that education is the basis of a prosperous future. To have a sustainable economic and social development, as a society, we must invest in the education and formation of the future leaders. This is a common effort, everyone must contribute, especially in poor countries such as Guinea. Therefore, wanting to be part of the process, Aliou joined GAED.
Neneh Binta Balde, Computer Project manager
Neneh Binta Balde is currently an undergraduate Law & Society student at York University in Toronto. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and is a highly-motivated and enthusiastic person. Knowing the importance of a quality education and its power in transforming not only a life but a nation, she has joined hands with GAED to improve the education of Guinean students. By providing quality skill sets to Guineans, she strongly believes that it will break the cycle of poverty and ensure a brighter future for them, their families and their community as well.
Safiatou Diallo, Leadership Coordinator of GAED Europe
Safiatou Diallo joined GAED in 2018 as a Leadership Coordinator for GAED-Europe. She has a master’s degree in tax law and currently, she is a trainee lawyer. For her, education is one of the most fundamental parts of society. She believes that it is important to give everyone an equal chance to study under the best conditions possible. That is why she joined GAED, to be a part of bringing this project to life.
Yasmine Barry, Virtual Event Planner
Yasmine Barry is the virtual events planner for GAED from Silver Spring, Maryland. Yasmine received her BA from Towson University and is currently a Sr. Program Coordinator at Jhpiego. She previously served as Chapter President of Hope of Guinea and previously served as an Intern with Samu Social Sénégal.
Bilali Drame, Director of Youth Engagement and Leadership Initiatives
Bilali Drame is pursuing his medical doctorate degree with a background in public health. He is also currently working as an Outreach Coordinator for a non-profit organization. He has been serving in the New York Army National Guard as a healthcare Specialist for the past 4 years. He is humbled and grateful to be able to serve as the Youth Engagement and Leadership Director at GAED, because of his strong belief in education being a path to overcoming struggle and attaining intellectual freedom. His mission in life, for as long as he can remember has been to empower those who are in less fortunate positions with the resources he has acquired over time.