Goodwell knows the extraordinary hurdles to education in Malawi. He grew up in abject poverty, wearing his first pair of shoes at age eighteen. Developing a deep passion for education, Goodwell pursued university studies and eventually received Masters degrees in both Education and Project Management. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Mzuzu University studying Transformative and Community Development while simultaneously working as Malawi Country Director of School of Agriculture for Family Independence (SAFI). His experience, education, and enormous heart are crucial to forming our strategy and policies in Malawi.
Aggie is a social worker with years of experience in HIV/AIDS and adolescent health programming. She currently works as a DREAMS Coordinator for the Zambia Centre for Communication Programs affecting social and behavior change around child marriage, gender-based violence, and women’s empowerment. She works closely with USAID in administering these programs in Zambia. Acting as our Zambian project coordinator, she has been able to develop good relationships with the government, ministry of education and community. Her passion for education and change is inspiring!
A Nigerian native, Victor is the President and Chief Executive Officer of one of our favorite coalition partners, Build a-School Initiative in Africa (BASIA). Professionally, he works as the Area Temple Facilities Manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the North America region. Previously, he held the same position over the Africa area.
Victor has partnered with many NGOs to alleviate challenges facing the school system in Africa including Advanced Education in Africa Incorporation, School Rising Organization, LDS Charities, and Coafrica.
He brings his expertise in construction and facilities management as well as his passion for increasing access to education for all African children to our Advisory Board and our projects.
David Evans is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, working on education, health, and social safety nets. Perviously he was at the World Bank, where he co-authored the World Development Report 2018, Learning to Realize Education’s Promise, coordinated impact evaluation work for sub-Saharan Africa, and managed education projects in Brazil. Evans has evaluated education, early child development, agriculture, health, and social safety net programs in Brazil, the Gambia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. He received a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, specializing in economic development and labor economics.
Tyler is a Construction Executive for Zwick Construction, with more than 20 years of field experience. Before working for Zwick, Tyler worked for Clark Construction in Washington D.C. focusing on government projects. Drawing upon his many experiences working internationally, Tyler helps advise Coafrica on best practices for construction, longevity, and durability
Chandler is a multicultural and multilingual nonprofit professional. He has a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Utah and eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including significant international experience. He has worked and/or studied in the United States, Lebanon, Mexico, Spain, Italy, and France. Chandler has worked predominantly in international development, refugee resettlement and immigrant right. In his spare time he enjoys comedy, poetry, and traveling.
Alex Gabor is a Master of Public Health (MPH) Candidate at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA; her education focuses on community health outcomes and it’s intersection with (health) education from an epidemiological standpoint. Her pursuit in this field was inspired by her work with the U.S. Peace Corps where she lived and worked in rural Malawi as a secondary school teacher. Towards the end of her two years in Malawi, she met CoAfrica’s founder, Stan Wilson, where they shared common interests in international development and strengthening the capacity of local stakeholders. With Alex’s experience writing and managing an internationally and locally funded grant to furnish a secondary school’s dormitory in Malawi, she is able to guide CoAfrica through their process of building classrooms throughout sub-Saharan Africa while maintaining their core values.