Mahama Samir Bandaogo, PhD

Samir was born and raised in Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso and moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 to attend the University of Oregon for his undergraduate studies. He completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Washington and currently works as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University. He conducts research within the fields of International and Monetary Economics, though his research questions have heavy economic growth and economic development themes.

Topics also studied include informality, optimal fiscal and monetary policy, sudden stops, economic growth, exchange rate volatility, labor mobility, and currency unions.

Samir strongly believes in the power of education to increase prosperity and reduce poverty. He enjoys dancing, cooking and exercising.

Annick Olivia Bado, RN, BSN

Annick moved from Burkina Faso to the U.S in 2007. Passionate about providing care to cancer patients, she attended the University of Washington, in Tacoma, Washington where she earned a Bachelor degree in nursing. Upon graduation, Annick worked at the University of Washington’s Bone Marrow Transplant Department then transitioned to the Immunotherapy Department at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance where she now practices. She is also currently pursuing a Master degree in Public Health through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, distance learning.

Annick frequently visits her home country and is eager to move back someday. Until then, she is determined to raise awareness of social justice inequities in Burkina Faso and Africa in general. Annick loves trying new foods, outdoor activities, hosting friends, traveling, art and music.

Bénédicte Bicaba

A community-minded leader, Bénédicte is eager to bring her passion of advocating for underserved communities to Botiminto. After relocating from Burkina Faso to the USA  in 2006, Bénédicte earned her Medical Anthropology/Global Health and French degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Her commitment to community is shown by her involvement with organizations such as Feet First, a policy based advocacy nonprofit,  The Bailey Boushay House, an outpatient treatment facility in Seattle catering to the health and community needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS as well as being a Sound Sage Community Leadership Institute Fellow. Currently employed by Facing Homelessness, a community building non-profit in Seattle, Washington. She strongly believes that education is the key to solving our some of our most complex issues such as health inequality and poverty. Bénédicte enjoys photography, hiking, and learning about new cultures.