Yacine Djibo founded Speak Up Africa in 2011 with one goal in mind: to discover and implement effective, sustainable solutions to the most challenging problems facing the African people. Focusing on strategic communications, policy and advocacy, Speak Up Africa is dedicated to empowering African leaders and citizens to take on issues such as malaria, neglected tropical diseases and sanitation in order to save and improve lives. Previously, Yacine worked as the Senegal country director for Malaria No More, where she developed and managed high-profile national programs and campaigns to promote malaria prevention and treatment. Prior to devoting her career to the health and well-being of children and families in Africa, Yacine honed her skills in the areas of business administration, finance and real estate at several private-sector companies. Yacine earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations and her master in business administration from Boston University.