We are a diverse group of Architects, Engineers, Doctors, and Nurses with a broad skillset eager to address issues in a way that transfers the knowledge to its end users so they can help their community and ultimately widen our collective impact. We combine empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of solutions, and rationality to create a variety of solutions for the problems in the given context.


team Members

We are a group of creative, ambitious, passionate young professionals that come from a variety of backgrounds with a common goal to blend our skillsets in order to provide services to help developing nations wherever possible.

Bakary Suso  President and Founder Having lived in the Gambia for the majority of his youth, Bakary experienced first-hand the need to strengthen communities across the country and improve the quality of life in the most remote villages. His Masters in Architecture has served as a platform to jump-start initiatives in a variety of issues ranging from better access to basic healthcare, to youth centers to serve as safe places for children to learn, play, and grow.  

Bakary Suso  President and Founder

Having lived in the Gambia for the majority of his youth, Bakary experienced first-hand the need to strengthen communities across the country and improve the quality of life in the most remote villages. His Masters in Architecture has served as a platform to jump-start initiatives in a variety of issues ranging from better access to basic healthcare, to youth centers to serve as safe places for children to learn, play, and grow.

 

Abdou Karim Jarra  Chief Financial Officer Abdou has extensive and diverse accounting, finance, and business management at the professional level. At its highest virtue, finance can transform humanity by balancing wealth creation and sustainability investment in healthcare, education, and poverty reduction solutions. Through Kinitiative, we can jump-start this transformation process from one rural community in Gambia, West Africa across the globe.  

Abdou Karim Jarra  Chief Financial Officer

Abdou has extensive and diverse accounting, finance, and business management at the professional level. At its highest virtue, finance can transform humanity by balancing wealth creation and sustainability investment in healthcare, education, and poverty reduction solutions. Through Kinitiative, we can jump-start this transformation process from one rural community in Gambia, West Africa across the globe.

 

Suntu Jarjou  Chief Healthcare Officer Suntu graduated from the Gambia College school of nursing in 2001 and worked for the Gambia Government's AFPRC hospital in Farafenni from 2001 to 2003. While at AFPRC hospital, he was part of the divisional health team that provided maternal and child health services be trekking into the inner parts of the country. He along with a midwife and a public health officer started the Illiasa Health Center in 2003 before moving to the USA to practice nursing.

Suntu Jarjou  Chief Healthcare Officer

Suntu graduated from the Gambia College school of nursing in 2001 and worked for the Gambia Government's AFPRC hospital in Farafenni from 2001 to 2003. While at AFPRC hospital, he was part of the divisional health team that provided maternal and child health services be trekking into the inner parts of the country. He along with a midwife and a public health officer started the Illiasa Health Center in 2003 before moving to the USA to practice nursing.

Michael Burch  Architectural and Graphic Designer Michael graduated with President, Bakary Suso from the University of Kansas with a Master's of Architecture degree. He is currently building rammed earth in Northwest Washington with Earth Dwell LLC. He will be specializing in media design as well as architectural design for the earth focused residential and trekking station projects. His interest in Kinitiative stems from observations while working and traveling across Asia and seeing the desperate need for change in third world countries as well as a passion for humanitarian architecture.  

Michael Burch  Architectural and Graphic Designer

Michael graduated with President, Bakary Suso from the University of Kansas with a Master's of Architecture degree. He is currently building rammed earth in Northwest Washington with Earth Dwell LLC. He will be specializing in media design as well as architectural design for the earth focused residential and trekking station projects. His interest in Kinitiative stems from observations while working and traveling across Asia and seeing the desperate need for change in third world countries as well as a passion for humanitarian architecture.

 

 
Ivan Reggeti Engineering Consultant Ivan is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at The University of Kansas. He has experience working with electronics and designing circuits for different types of applications. Currently focusing on innovating and developing new hardware in order to increase technological progress.

Ivan Reggeti Engineering Consultant

Ivan is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at The University of Kansas. He has experience working with electronics and designing circuits for different types of applications. Currently focusing on innovating and developing new hardware in order to increase technological progress.

 
Nyima Dansira  Engineering Consultant Nyima graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and then a Master's in Business Administration. She works at Black and Veatch in Kansas City, Missouri and will be leading our engineering team to find innovative ways to establish the water system for our trekking stations.

Nyima Dansira  Engineering Consultant

Nyima graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and then a Master's in Business Administration. She works at Black and Veatch in Kansas City, Missouri and will be leading our engineering team to find innovative ways to establish the water system for our trekking stations.

Bintou Suso  Co-Founder and Community Outreach Director Bintou is a trained Registered Nurse and a Certified Midwife. She is a development worker with 13 years work as a Senior Programme Officer with the Gambia Family Planning Association. Bintou worked for six years with GTZ, a German organization, as a management and campaign coordinator in the propagation of family planning in the Gambia. Furthermore, she has worked for 11 years for the United Nations Population Fund in the area of advocacy, Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health, and Maternal and Child Reproductive Health.

Bintou Suso  Co-Founder and Community Outreach Director

Bintou is a trained Registered Nurse and a Certified Midwife. She is a development worker with 13 years work as a Senior Programme Officer with the Gambia Family Planning Association. Bintou worked for six years with GTZ, a German organization, as a management and campaign coordinator in the propagation of family planning in the Gambia. Furthermore, she has worked for 11 years for the United Nations Population Fund in the area of advocacy, Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health, and Maternal and Child Reproductive Health.

 
Fatoumata Bayo Brand Ambassador Fatoumata is Gambian born and raised. She received her bachelors from the University of Kansas, and now works as a regional clinical research associate for one of the largest clinical research organizations. Fatou's involvement with Kinitiative comes from her passion for girls education and empowerment while fighting the battle to provide clean and safe water to third countries. Through her extensive involvement and many victories representing Kansas in the pageant world, most recently crowned Miss Black Kansas USA, she has organized many community events, fundraisers, and charity functions.      

Fatoumata Bayo Brand Ambassador

Fatoumata is Gambian born and raised. She received her bachelors from the University of Kansas, and now works as a regional clinical research associate for one of the largest clinical research organizations. Fatou's involvement with Kinitiative comes from her passion for girls education and empowerment while fighting the battle to provide clean and safe water to third countries. Through her extensive involvement and many victories representing Kansas in the pageant world, most recently crowned Miss Black Kansas USA, she has organized many community events, fundraisers, and charity functions.

 

 

 

Fatou Conateh Public Relations Coordinator Fatou was born and raised in The Gambia. After graduating high school, she moved to the US to pursue higher education and graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. Fatou is experienced in social marketing, and will be our social media coordinator and manage public relations. She will also work with our engineering department to establish the water system for the trekking stations.

Fatou Conateh Public Relations Coordinator

Fatou was born and raised in The Gambia. After graduating high school, she moved to the US to pursue higher education and graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. Fatou is experienced in social marketing, and will be our social media coordinator and manage public relations. She will also work with our engineering department to establish the water system for the trekking stations.

Sierra Dem  Chief Technology Officer Sierra Moussa was born and raised in the Gambia. She is an experience Network Engineer and a recent MBA graduate with a focus on Network Communications. As a chief of learning initiatives, Sierra's current focus is to provide a computer learning center for girls ages 10-16 in The Gambia so they can be part of the contemporary society of networking.

Sierra Dem  Chief Technology Officer

Sierra Moussa was born and raised in the Gambia. She is an experience Network Engineer and a recent MBA graduate with a focus on Network Communications. As a chief of learning initiatives, Sierra's current focus is to provide a computer learning center for girls ages 10-16 in The Gambia so they can be part of the contemporary society of networking.

 
Ebou A. Secka  Project Coordinator Ebou has worked in the Customer Service industry for over three decades in the banking, education, and travel sectors implementing and coordinating projects. His background is in Information Systems and Project Management and is now with a major US airline as an Operations Analyst ensuring smooth operations. With Kinitiative, he plans, monitors, and coordinates our projects to ensure their ultimate success.

Ebou A. Secka  Project Coordinator

Ebou has worked in the Customer Service industry for over three decades in the banking, education, and travel sectors implementing and coordinating projects. His background is in Information Systems and Project Management and is now with a major US airline as an Operations Analyst ensuring smooth operations. With Kinitiative, he plans, monitors, and coordinates our projects to ensure their ultimate success.

 

Advisors

Our advisors give us comprehensively researched and professionally developed perspectives on our architectural and media goals in order to see our initiatives come to fruition.

Nils Gore  Construction Methodology, University of Kansas

Nils Gore  Construction Methodology, University of Kansas

Matt Kleinmann  Architectural, Media, and Photography Design

Matt Kleinmann  Architectural, Media, and Photography Design

Kapila Silva  Community Design Advisor, University of Kansas

Kapila Silva  Community Design Advisor, University of Kansas

Kent Sprechelmeyer  Healthcare Design Advisor, University of Kansas

Kent Sprechelmeyer  Healthcare Design Advisor, University of Kansas


Partners

Our partners are who allow us to supply our foreign counterparts with the medical equipment needed to supply the people of Gambia with proper healthcare. Victoria Hospital in The Gambia relies almost entirely on donations, and without the support of exterior help, it's patients would fail to receive the care they so desperately need. A special thanks to St. Joseph Medical Center, The Ministry of Health of The Gambia, Heart to Heart, and Shawnee Mission Medical Center.


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