Leadership

Our team is united by our commitment to making available technology-driven educational resources to empower individuals to contribute to personal, social, and economic growth.

Our Team

Brook Negussie (Chief Executive Officer) was born in Ethiopia and educated in Europe and Canada. He is a life-long social entrepreneur dedicated to promoting technology access. Over the past fifteen years, Mr Negussie has held leadership roles in international technology companies. This work has included telecommunications, satellite communications, media and social networks. His business experience has been clearly defined by his efforts to provide learning resources to schoolchildren throughout Africa using satellite radio and internet connectivity. He began eLearnAfrica because of his commitment to expanding educational opportunities to under-served communities. Through his vision, eLearnAfrica is aimed at making world-class, locally relevant educational materials and learning resources available to students throughout the African continent by harnessing technology and social media networking.

Prof. Dr. Ilan Chet (President) completed his Ph.D. in microbiology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot. He has published more than 390 articles in international scientific journals, edited 5 books and holds 38 patents. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Vice President of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Later, he was President of The Weizmann Institute of Science and nominated “Institute Professor”. He was also Invited Visiting Professor at Harvard, Colorado State, Cornell, Rutgers, and Lund and Goettingen Universities. Prof. Chet has been awarded many prizes, among them the Max-Planck Award, the Israel Prize, and the Wolf Prize. He has also received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Germany and the Legion of Honor of France. Furthermore, he was recognized with Honorary Doctorate from Lund, Haifa, and Naples Universities. Prof. Chet is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the European Academy of Sciences, and of Academia Europea. From 2010-2016 he held the position of Deputy Secretary General at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean.

Brendan von Briesen (Chief Operations Officer) has worked in the socio-economic development and policy fields. Mr von Briesen brings a strong academic and policy perspective to our strategic and operational work. He oversees general operations and organizational relationships. His commitment to eLearnAfrica is strengthened by his dedication to understanding the issues faced by communities in developing economies and in collaboratively designing appropriate solutions to these challenges.

Danai Nhando (Regional Specialist for Southern Africa) is a human rights lawyer with a passion for advancing equitable education in Africa through technology. She has extensive experience in the Sub-Saharan African education sector, leading teams in the design and delivery of technology-enabled learning solutions tailored for African markets.

Orlando Franco (Business Development Advisor) has worked for years at one of the world’s finest consulting firms. He is an expert in navigating the complex and evolving area of internet-based operations in emerging markets. Mr. Franco is responsible for investor relations and for planning for the long-term sustainability of our operations. He is well-versed in tech-company development, scaling, and entrepreneurship in developing markets.

Lauren Trew (Special Advisor) is an expert in on-line organizational management. She has worked for years in the non-profit sector increasing visibility, facilitating membership interactions, and supporting campaigns for highly respected organizations. She also brings considerable knowledge of the use of technology for education.

 

Advisory Panel

Prof. Dr. Sultan Abu-Orabi Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities

Prof. Dr. Abu-Orabi is a Chemist with decades of teaching experience and research. He has served as the President of a number of universities before becoming the Secretary General of AArU, where he enjoys working relationships with academic leaders and policy makers throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Prof. Dr. Abdelhamid Al-Zoheiry President of the Euro-Mediterranean University.

Prof. Dr. Al-Zoheiry, a Professor of Medicine, has worked for years in government and international cooperation. His Presidency of EMUNI keeps him at the forefront of international efforts to improve education and cooperation across the Mediterranean region.

Prof. Dr. Michèle Gendreau-Massaloux Advisor to the Permanent Secretary of the Academy of Sciences, Inter-institutional Relations Officer of the Inter-Academy Group for Development.

Prof. Dr. Gendreau-Massaloux has considerable government and academic experience, having served as a high-level policy advisor to then-President of France, François Mitterrand, and later as the Rector of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). She was recently Responsible for Training, Higher Education, Research, and Health in the French Mission to the Union for the Mediterranean. She has devoted her professional life to education governance and policy.

Dr. Stéphane Monney Mouandjo Director General of the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development.

As an expert in comparative legal frameworks and as the highest functionary of CAFRAD, Dr. Monney Mouandjo works closely with ministers from throughout Africa. He brings to the Advisory Board a profound understanding of the policy universe of African nations, especially regarding education and administration.