THE COMMITTEE

Sarah El-Boukhallouki

Cecilia Sion

Vice-President ASAH

Cecilia Sion (22), Vice-president of ASAH.  2nd year BSc. Business Administration at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Suriname/Dutch. “Having travelled to a few African countries, I truly believe that Africa needs ‘fair chance’ to trade, not sympathy or aid. By organizing the African Business Day, I want to change the perceptions students have on doing business in Africa and make them aware of the many business opportunities the continent has to offer.”

Sipho Arntzen

Maria Maman

Design, Marketing & PR Manager of ASAH

Maria Maman, (20), Design, Marketing & PR Manager of ASAH. 2nd year International BSc. Communication and Media at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Born and raised in Rotterdam, but of Togolese descent. “I became part of ASAH, because I believe it is necessary to broaden students’ horizon when it comes to Africa and its socio-economic developments and transformations. As students, we educate and develop ourselves for the future and I feel that it is necessary to reveal Africa’s potential as well as show ourselves what we could mean for her.”

Sean Azu

President African Business Day

Sean Azu (24), President ABD. MSc. Strategic Management at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Ghanaian/Dutch. "Listening to the perspectives on Africa from students and academics, there has been a great positive shift in mind-set of Africa's image.  It's exciting to hear them express the opportunities. I sensed, from growing up in Ghana. But here's the problem, it's difficult to commit to opportunities in unfamiliar environments. That's a gap I want to close and is why I joined the ABD committee, to bring Africa's promising environment and identity centre-stage."

Générose Musemena

Speaker Series Chair ABD

Générose Musemena (20), Speaker Series Chair ABD. MSc. Strategic Management at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Master in Strategic Management. “Originally from D.R Congo, I moved to Belgium from a young age for education purposes, but I always go back every year to my motherland. When I decided to do my internship back in Congo after my Bachelor, many people asked me why. ‘Why not do it in a European country?’ I joined the ABD, because I want to help students understand the many opportunities available on the African continent so that maybe one day they will also be motivated to do an internship there.”

Charlotte Bedet

PR & Brand Strategist ABD

Charlotte Bedet, PR & Brand Strategist ABD. Pre-MSc. Media & Business at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Born and raised in South Africa, but also holds a Dutch citizenship and has been living in the Netherlands for the past 18 years. ”I am African and remain enchanted by the innovative spirit and socio-economic potential of my continent. I joined the African Business Day Committee, because not only does the event celebrate Africa’s myriad of success stories, but it also positions a positive narrative ignored by many other when telling her story.”

Niceasia Mc Perry

Treasurer & Workshop Team ABD

Niceasia Mc Perry (25), Treasurer & Workshop Team ABD. MSc. Finance & Investments at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Ghanaian descent, but born and raised in Amsterdam. “As a young woman of the African diaspora, I want to tell a story of Africa’s untapped potential. A story of growth and prosperity. That is one of the reasons why I wanted to join the ABD committee; to bring the potential of the continent to the forefront and present it on a unique platform.”

Piia Moilanen

Workshop Team ABD

Piia Moilanen (24), Workshop Team ABD.  MSc. Finance & Investments at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Born in Finland, lived in The Netherlands for the past 4 years, before that in USA and Russia. “I wanted to join ASAH's African Business Day Committee in order to expose myself to a business world that is often neglected when talking about achievements. With the African Business Day, I hope we can shed more light on the undiscovered opportunities, innovations and success stories that Africa has to offer.”

Claudia Nzeba

Workshop Team ABD

Claudia Nzeba (24), Workshop Team ABD. 3rd year LL.B. Law at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. “My parents are from the Democratic Republic of Congo and I grew up learning the language, history and culture. I've decided to join the African Business Day Committee, because I want to show the Netherlands and the world that Africa is more than what we see on TV. I want to introduce them to the Africa that is growing economically and I want to show people all the great investment opportunities the 54 beautiful African countries have.”

Photo: Erwin Verweij from iFacilitate.eu

Cecilia Sion (22), Vice-president of ASAH.  2nd year BSc. Business Administration at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Suriname/Dutch. “Having travelled to a few African countries, I truly believe that Africa needs ‘fair chance’ to trade, not sympathy or aid. By organizing the African Business Day, I want to change the perceptions students have on doing business in Africa and make them aware of the many business opportunities the continent has to offer.”

Maria Maman, (20), Design, Marketing & PR Manager of ASAH. 2nd year International BSc. Communication and Media at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Born and raised in Rotterdam, but of Togolese descent. “I became part of ASAH, because I believe it is necessary to broaden students’ horizon when it comes to Africa and its socio-economic developments and transformations. As students, we educate and develop ourselves for the future and I feel that it is necessary to reveal Africa’s potential as well as show ourselves what we could mean for her.”

Sean Azu (24), President ABD. MSc. Strategic Management at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Ghanaian/Dutch. "Listening to the perspectives on Africa from students and academics, there has been a great positive shift in mind-set of Africa's image.  It's exciting to hear them express the opportunities. I sensed, from growing up in Ghana. But here's the problem, it's difficult to commit to opportunities in unfamiliar environments. That's a gap I want to close and is why I joined the ABD committee, to bring Africa's promising environment and identity centre-stage."

Générose Musemena (20), Speaker Series Chair ABD. MSc. Strategic Management at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Master in Strategic Management. “Originally from D.R Congo, I moved to Belgium from a young age for education purposes, but I always go back every year to my motherland. When I decided to do my internship back in Congo after my Bachelor, many people asked me why. ‘Why not do it in a European country?’ I joined the ABD, because I want to help students understand the many opportunities available on the African continent so that maybe one day they will also be motivated to do an internship there.”
Charlotte Bedet, PR & Brand Strategist ABD. Pre-MSc. Media & Business at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Born and raised in South Africa, but also holds a Dutch citizenship and has been living in the Netherlands for the past 18 years. ”I am African and remain enchanted by the innovative spirit and socio-economic potential of my continent. I joined the African Business Day Committee, because not only does the event celebrate Africa’s myriad of success stories, but it also positions a positive narrative ignored by many other when telling her story.”

Niceasia Mc Perry (25), Treasurer & Workshop Team ABD. MSc. Finance & Investments at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Ghanaian descent, but born and raised in Amsterdam. “As a young woman of the African diaspora, I want to tell a story of Africa’s untapped potential. A story of growth and prosperity. That is one of the reasons why I wanted to join the ABD committee; to bring the potential of the continent to the forefront and present it on a unique platform.”

Piia Moilanen (24), Workshop Team ABD.  MSc. Finance & Investments at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Born in Finland, lived in The Netherlands for the past 4 years, before that in USA and Russia. “I wanted to join ASAH's African Business Day Committee in order to expose myself to a business world that is often neglected when talking about achievements. With the African Business Day, I hope we can shed more light on the undiscovered opportunities, innovations and success stories that Africa has to offer.”

Claudia Nzeba (24), Workshop Team ABD. 3rd year LL.B. Law at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. “My parents are from the Democratic Republic of Congo and I grew up learning the language, history and culture. I've decided to join the African Business Day Committee, because I want to show the Netherlands and the world that Africa is more than what we see on TV. I want to introduce them to the Africa that is growing economically and I want to show people all the great investment opportunities the 54 beautiful African countries have.” Photo by Erwin Verweij from iFacilitate.eu

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