Moiyattu Banya has over 10 years of professional working experience in gender and youth development both Internationally in the United States and Africa particularly in girls education and leadership research, program management and development. Moiyattu is experienced in strategic program management; development and planning; mobilization; facilitating trainings and the development of training curriculum; communication and media, community development, collaboration with internal and external stakeholders; capacity building; management of comprehensive brand-level social media and marketing activities; monitoring and evaluation; and development of knowledge products relating to gender and youth development.
Moiyattu has spearheaded several organizations and projects and has garnered successful practical experience in working with marginalized communities of women girls and young people spanning from Ghana, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone in the areas of Gender Based Violence, Women in Leadership, Gender and Security Sector Reform, Girl’s Leadership, Teenage Pregnancy, College and Career Readiness, Women in Decision Making, Elections Observation and Capacity Building of Female Leaders etc. Her practical experience is in Gender and Youth development, gender mainstreaming, non-profit development and management, program implementation and management, building sustainable systems, and program evaluation has allowed her to spearhead, develop and implement research and innovative programming to impact both rural and urban communities where girls and women are the most marginalized in West Africa.
In 2012 She founded her own nonprofit organization called Girls Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone (GESSL), a social impact feminist organization that has impacted over 200+ Sierra Leonean girls which empowers and enables young girls to become leaders in their society while being mentored by Sierra Leonean women. She also owns a media platform called Women Change Africa which highlights stories of young African female leaders and innovators and provides communications, branding and strategic consulting services to organizations in Africa and the diaspora.
Due to her work on the African continent she has built relationships/partnerships with diverse organizations.
Moiyattu is also part of various networks in Africa and in the African diaspora including the African Women’s Development Fund Non Fiction Writers community, The Youth for Results Network developed by the African Development bank, among others.
With good problem solving skills with a keen perception on developing creative solutions to solve problems, she is well versed in several languages in the West African sub region and conversational in French.
She currently does consulting with organizations in Africa and female owned brands and teaches online courses in Women and Gender Studies courses at Temple University, Philadelphia.
Moiyattu is qualified with a Masters of Sciences in Social Work and Social Enterprise Administration and a law minor from Columbia University, New York with a focus on Gender and International Development. She is interested in consulting and online opportunities from international and private organizations in Gender and youth Development as well as speaking engagements and public lectures.