Our mission is to empower members of our community to be
agents of change!
The purpose of Africa Unbound is to establish
peace, prosperity, and freedom in Africa
through awakened and enlightened individuals.
Africa Unbound is an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a development approach that focuses on personal transformation. We believe that as individuals engage in the process of self-awareness and become empowered in their own lives, they are naturally called into action in a way that will allow them to make meaningful and significant contributions to the advancement of their communities.
Through various media (print, radio, social and online) Africa Unbound seeks to raise awareness of the responsibility and value of each person’s contribution to the development process.
Through thought-provoking articles and constructive dialogue among members, we aim to provide transforming knowledge that will help us grow in consciousness individually as well as collectively. Our objective is to inspire individuals to actively engage in the development of Africa.
We know that what we focus on, what we fix our attention on, grows and expands. Thus we don't dwell on poverty, diseases, and conflicts. Instead, we explore ways of bringing forth prosperity, wellbeing, peace, and liberation.
We are taking a stand for Africa.
The Africa Unbound Leadership Team
Rahel Kassahun, Ph.D.—Founder and Executive Director
Rahel Kassahun sets the overall direction of the organization. She develops and oversees the implementation of the organization's strategies and promotes Africa Unbound's mission. Prior to finding her lifework in Africa Unbound, she worked for the World Bank in Washington D.C. (2002-2010). Dr. Rahel has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in New York and taught at University of California, Riverside (1996-2000). A native Ethiopian, Ms. Kassahun holds a Ph. D. in Economics from University of California, Riverside.
Regina Trigg—Director of Community Outreach
Regina Trigg develops and facilitates the outreach and volunteers program. She supports the Chapter Coordinators in the various countries across the continent. Regina has over 15 years of experience working in organizations committed to the upliftment of underserved children, youth, families, and communities. Her personal mission is to dedicate her time, talents and energy to providing practical and spiritual means for individuals to experience inner peace regardless of their outer circumstances, to cultivate their creative gifts and to know their self-worth.
Eric Chinje—Senior Communications Officer
Eric Chinje guides the communication strategy of the organization. Currently, he leads the Global Media Program at the World Bank Institute. Between 2004-2008, he was the Head of External Affairs and Communications at the African Development Bank. Eric serves as a board member of the African Media Initiative and is the co-founder of the African Media Forum. His work experience also includes Editor-in-Chief and News Anchor at the national television in Cameroon, journalism lecturer at the University of Cameroon, contributing reporter to CNN World Report, and stringer for Deutschewelle, the BBC, and Voice of America.
Philip Effiong, Ph.D.—Senior Editor and Writer
Philip Effiong is the editor of the Africa Unbound Magazine. He is also a writing consultant and Professor of English at the University of Maryland University College. He holds a Ph.D. in dramatic literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and has taught writing, drama, literature and cultural studies at the University of Calabar (Nigeria), the University of Wisconsin, the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Delaware at Newark and Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Philip is committed to uncovering extraordinary but largely unknown stories about Africa and Africans, as well as celebrating those “silent” heroes and heroines that remain unsung.
Judith Royer—Editor and Mentorship Program Coordinator
Judith Royer edits academic articles, dissertations, books, and other documents. She also writes education focused grant proposals. She currently teaches a course on world cultures at Minnesota State College. Judith was a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations. In whatever situation she finds herself, she strives to support people to know their value and to be their unique selves.