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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. ​


Phone: 480.217.6996


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