Moiyattu Banya has over a decade of experience in gender and youth development in the United States and Africa, focusing on girls’ education and leadership research, program management, and program development. She has spearheaded organizations and projects serving marginalized communities of women, girls, and young people in Ghana, Liberia, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. Her work developing and managing programs has focused on rural and urban communities where women and girls are marginalized in West Africa. Her programs have addressed gender based violence, women and girls in leadership, gender and security sector reform, teenage pregnancy, college and career readiness, women in decision making, elections observation, and capacity building of female leaders.

In 2012, Ms. Banya founded the nonprofit organization Girls Empowerment Summit Sierra Leone, a social impact feminist organization that has empowered over two hundred Sierra Leonean girls to become leaders through mentorship by Sierra Leonean women. She 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. Ms. Banya also participates in the African Women’s Development Fund Non Fiction Writers community, and the The Youth for Results Network developed by the African Development bank.

Ms. Banya speaks several West African languages, as well as French. She teaches online courses in Women and Gender Studies at Temple University. She holds an MSW with a focus on Social Enterprise Administration from the Columbia School of Social Work.