Fiker Nega – Ethiopia
Fiker Nega Manahiloh is the Ethiopia Country Station Chief for Shashamane Sunrise. A long time volunteer with the organization Fiker has previously served in the capacity of Logistics Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and translator. She has also helped out on the Program Services sides working with US-based volunteers in conducting workshops at the JRDC School. Outside of Shashamane, Fiker is a sales associate at Tagrow PLC in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Previously, Fiker had worked at Gondar Military hospital as a laboratory technologist. Fiker puts all her focus into what she does. She is very organized and efficient. She follows a professional approach to her work in all environments. She is a very resourceful and sociable person. Fiker deeply cares about human beings especially for under-privileged people. She takes a strong stand when it comes to children’s education. She believes that no child should be deprived of the right to get proper education. Fiker holds a B.Sc. in Laboratory Technology from Gondar University.
Tony Manshino – Haiti
Tony Manshino is a producer, musician, film maker, philanthropist and entrepreneur with over 15 years experience developing and executing several successful projects. Tony’s core competencies include marketing, promotions and logistics but he is primarily known for this ability to get the job done. He assists companies with the material and personnel sourcing, overall project management and government relations. Tony is highly regarded musician of Haitian-American origin, having grown up in Miami and now living in Haiti. Musically, he is most well known for the Club Hit “Get Krunked Up …ICONZ feat Tony Manshino” which debuted in 2001 and remains one of the Top200 Club songs on Billboard. Tony also did a song, “Haiti Sing”, featuring Stephany Bigord, which was very popular after the Haitian Earthquake of 2010. His film credits include ‘Real Hustler’ which is currently available on Amazon, Netflix and other distribution platforms and Documentary on Haiti.Tony returned to Haiti to live full time not long after the earthquake of 2010 and has been working ever since, trying to develop Haiti, economically as well as politically. He is also a Consultant and Project Manager to several NGOs and corporations looking to execute on their operations in Haiti. His previous clients include Boheim S.A. a billion dollar fibre glass dome building company whose Haiti Director was Ken Loughren (CEO, Canadian Super Igloo) and founder was Ron Boheim CEO (owner). Tony has also been a Consultant to the Federation of Orphanges (fifty (50) members) and Melissa’s Hope. Tony currently serves as a Director of Melissa’s Hope, a 501c3 non-profit in US and Haiti that runs an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The orphanage houses 22 young people including 14 severely disabled. They also have a school for 5-12 year olds from the orphanage and the community. The school has a capacity of 80 and currently serves some 60-72 students. Tony helped the orphanage gain a USD$25K grant from Direct Relief that was used to construct the existing school building.
Rev. Fr. Robert Ecogu – Uganda
Reverend Robert Ecogu is a Catholic Priest in Soroti, Uganda. He holds a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from Makerere University in Kampala and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from the Urban University in Rome, Italy. Rev Ecogu has been the Parish Priest for Ngora since 2009. He also served as priest for the Parish of Amuria from 2007-2009. In 2007, he served as Regional Coordinator on the Ugandan Joint Christian Council. Rev Ecogu has a long history of involvement in Peace and Conflict Resolution, having served as a member of the Justice and Peace Commission for the Soroti catholic Diocese from 2004-2008 and as the Secretary for both the Teso Network for Peace Initiative (2004-2007) and Teso Religious Leaders’ Efforts for Peace and Reconciliation. He was also an Election Monitor in the Katawi District and a Coordinator for the Social Communication Commission for the Soroti Catholic Diocese. Rev Ecogu has participated in several Conflict Monitoring and Mentoring workshops and has been recognized for his contribution to peace management. Among the workshop he has participated in are the “Hands Across Borders”, Teso-Karamoja Leaders Workshop on Conflict Resolution in 2002, and the Workshop on Training Skills in Conflict Transformation in 2003. He is dedicated to the preservation of peace in Uganda and the welfare and development of children.
Edgar Lewis – Jamaica
Edgar Lewis is a journalist and Shashamane Sunrise Station Chief for Jamaica. His core competencies include public relations and communications. He has over fourteen years of experience in both television and print journalism. Edgar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication.