Fara Ndiaye

Speak Up Africa, Senegal 

Steering Committee representative: Fara Ndiaye, Deputy Executive Director

Fara Ndiaye has been an integral member of the Speak Up Africa team since its founding in 2011. There she has been able to pursue her passion for public health and sustainable development advocacy, social and behavioral change communication, community outreach, and partnership building and engagement.

Beginning as the director of programs, Fara focused on external relations and coordinating partner activities. She then moved to the position of strategy and development director, in which she managed initiatives to advance the organization’s advocacy, programmatic and partnership goals; developed strategies to engage the private sector; and created advocacy and communications tools. Currently, as deputy executive director, Fara has taken on the oversight of all program activities, ensuring proper planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; appropriate liaison and negotiation with government partners; and the meeting of national and international standards and practices.

Before joining Speak Up Africa, Fara spearheaded the communications, partnership and advocacy initiatives in Senegal for Malaria No More. Prior to that, she worked on the research of migration issues for a variety of small non-governmental and major global organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, including the International Organization for Migration, Programme for the Study of Global Migration and the United Nations Development Programme. 

Fara earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and international development at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her master’s degree in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.