SAFFIATU TUNIS - PHD
Saffiatu (Saffie) Tunis is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Keeping Hope Alive Inc. Saffie has previously served in a variety of leadership roles in Sierra Leone and the African Community in Arizona, USA.
Prior to pursuing graduate studies in Arizona, she was Assistant Head of the Home Economics Department, Njala University College (NUC), Sierra Leone. At NUC, Saffie was involved in community development projects geared towards women’s development; notably worked in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in establishing a bakery using 25 – 30% cassava, sweet potato and corn flour substitution in bread making.
From 2002 to 2006, she was the President of the African Association in Arizona (AFASA). In 2007, she led the team of Sierra Leoneans to establish the Association of Sierra Leoneans in Arizona (ASLAZ).
Saffie also managed three large Women and Infant Children Nutrition Clinics, Arizona Department of Public Health from 1994 to 2012.
She is currently CEO/Program Director for Martha’s Residential Care, Behavioral Health Residential Agency in Arizona.
Saffie holds an M.Sc. in Food Science, University of Reading, UK and a PhD in Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona.
Co-Founder/Head of Strategy and Operations
Neneh Tunis is Co-Founder and Head of Strategy and Operations at Keeping Hope Alive.
With previous experience through working in various private and local government agencies, she maintains a robust operational structure that fosters sustainable livelihood activities for marginalized women, girls and local communities in Sierra Leone. She also manages Keeping Hope Alive Tree Crop Nurseries and implements sustainable Agroforestry practices to mitigate climate change.
Neneh holds a B.A. in Human Resources Management from the University of Greenwich - London and serves as a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts London.
Dr Ibrahim Olanrewaju Rashid
Rashid is currently a team member at Keeping Hope Alive (KHA) and has been involved in various ventures regarding environmental conservation, water quality monitoring and assessment both in Canada and the USA.
He enjoys volunteering and community improvement; and was a central part of the Black Creek Pioneer Village restoration project and the Summer Water Savers Program by the City of Toronto in 2006. He is passionate about the development of Sierra Leone and has a strong desire to contribute to the welfare of deprived people.
As a young student boy scout in Sierra Leone, he was always happy to jump at every community involvement; either on immunization campaigns, neighbourhood cleaning or tree planting around the Freetown peninsula.
As an environmental scientist, Rashid currently conducts research on watershed-hydrologic modelling.
Before joining Trent University in 2015, he received his doctorate in Geography and hydrologic modelling from Wilfrid Laurier & University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. He also holds master’s degrees from University of Ibadan in Nigeria and York University in Toronto