Randa Wilkinson, Country Director
Randa was born in Boise Idaho, but grew up outside of Boston, MA. After being a Peace Corps volunteer in Mauritania, she earned a MS in Nutrition Programming from the Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University. She has lived most of her adult life overseas; in Mauritania, France and Indonesia. As program manager and technical advisor for health projects, Randa gained extensive experience in behavior and social change, particularly the innovative Positive Deviance Approach for community transformation. This approach looks at what is already working instead of trying to ‘fix’ what isn’t working. When implemented with community ownership, the results can surprise and inspire all the stakeholders involved.
Her favorite job was with the Peace Corps. Randa was a PCV in Mauritania 37 years ago. Her village was a two-day trip from the capital in the dry season, a two-week trip in the rainy season. She helped in the health clinic and established a feeding center for malnourished children. Last summer, Randa returned to her village, after an absence of 35 years. Her month of revisiting friends and Mauritanian family reinforced her belief that relationships and friendships last long after someone leaves.
Jean Togbe, Director of Management and Operations
Originally from Togo, West-Africa, Jean and his family moved permanently to Maryland in 2008. He joined Peace Corps in January 2015 as a DMO. Previously, he worked as Senior Advisor to the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Lomé, a position he occupied from 1990 to 2008. In the US, Jean worked as Program Manager at the Commonweal Foundation (Silver Spring, Maryland) 2008-2012 and as Senior Logistic Specialist at Metrica, Inc. 2012-2014 (Treasury Department Contract). Jean holds a BA in English and MA in African Literature from the University of Lomé, Togo. He also holds a Diploma in Management and Business Administration, from CAMPC, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Jean is married to Comfort and they have two sons and two daughters.
Allaouia Said Tourqui, Safety and Security Manager
Allaouia was born and raised in Moroni, Grande-Comore. She worked as translator/interpreter for the American military teams that were doing Humanitarian activities in Comoros for three years. She is a graduate of Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration with a minor in Business Administration. She is married with three children. She is currently the Safety and Security Manager for Peace Corps Comoros.
Nizar Ahamada, MD, Peace Corps Medical Officer
Nizar Ahamada Saidis a native of Comoros. He lived in China from 2003 till 2013, where he did his medical studies at Shanghai Jiaotong University and received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and a Masters in Surgery. In 2014 he was selected by the national newspaper, Al-watwan, as one of the Top 10 persons of the year of Comoros, for his exceptional medical activities. While in Shanghai he was a coordinator and coach for a soccer program called Shanghai Active Kids( AKS). He returned to Comoros in July 2013, and has been working as a surgeon at three of the public hospitals near Moroni. Dr. Nizar is married and has a lovely boy of 3 months. Dr. Nizar is involved in many community activities and enjoys sports. He is the vice president of Comorian Blood Donors
Omar Keldi, Information Technology Specialist
Omar Keldi was born in Comoros and grew up in Moroni. At 11 he went to France to live with his grandfather and came back to Comoros in 1997, for two years, before starting a new long trip to Egypt and Morocco to study and work. He received his BA in computer science from a University in Rabat and worked for 5 years in an outsourcing company where he started as a network administrator, then project manager for network deployment and user support. In 2009 he came back to Comoros to get married to the kindest women on this planet and hopes to have a long life and start a family. Inshallah.
Zakaria Maoulida, Programming and Training Assistant
Zak was born on 7th April 1983 in Moroni. After getting his high school degree in 2003, he graduated a two-year degree in Tourism at the University of Comoros while volunteering at the American Corner Comoros for almost a year. While at the American Corner, Zak creative communicative skills in welcoming service and teaching methodology. Zak successfully received his Bachelor’s Degree and signed his first full-time job contract as Assistance Coordinator at the American Corner and was promoted to Coordinator within a year. One of Zak’s proudest achievements was the creation of an English TV show through the national television broadcast.
Later on, he opened an American English Training Center (AETC) promoting English language learning through new teaching methodologies and incorporating diverse viewpoints into his lessons. Zak is now working with Peace Corps Comoros as Programming and Training Assistant since February 2015. Zak really values his current job because it keeps broadening his global perspective. In his free time, Zak likes to go snorkeling and discover new places in the wild.
Haine Keke, Programming and Training Assistant, SARL
Haïna Keke is a Programming and Training Assistant for Peace Corps Comoros. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and is currently completing an MA in Feminism in Victorian Literature. She has five years of experience volunteering with different health and education programs. She started as a volunteer English and French teacher, and later trained to become a speech tutor for children with speech impairments. Haïna served as the president of a non-profit initiative she started and whose aim is to promote youth empowerment through education and access to free surgery for children with facial deformities in Madagascar. She is a YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) fellow and has completed a leadership training followed by a professional development internship in the USA in this quality. Haïna recently moved back to Comoros where she continues to serve and promote education through Peace Corps and Imara, a project she has started with local youths. She loves reading and has a keen interest in languages and all forms of communication.
Anturia Mihidjai, Medical Assistant, SARL
After graduating with a Bachelor degree of Nursing from the University of Comoros in 2008, Anturia moved to Kenya where she studied Dental Technology until 2012. She started working as Pharmacist at the Iranian Red Crescent Polyclinic and as a freelancer dental technician until June 2014 when she left for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). After YALI and before becoming Peace Corps Medical Assistant, Anturia who is a passionate about business and Entrepreneurship, worked as a Dental Technician in a private clinic while running a food processing business.
Sonia Miradji, Language and Culture Coordinator
Sonia works as Peace Corps Comoros’ Language and Culture Coordinator, designing and implementing cross-culture and language sessions. In 2014, as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Sonia came to the US and studied Civic Leadership in Virginia. Sonia has over four years of experience in the education and community development sectors and taught English in different non- governmental schools (both private schools and independent English centers).
She is the founder and manager of “Voix des Femmes et des Enfants de Oichili”, an association focusing on empowering young women and addressing gender disparities within the education sector. The organization focuses on developing communities through workshops and various engagement activities such as weekly English classes and volleyball games against other villages.
Sonia is currently collaborating with the ‘’YES WE CAN’’ association, which focuses on the teaching of English for free in communities and villages across the country. She holds a degree in Applied Foreign Languages from the University of Comoros and in her free time she enjoys visiting with her family and friends, and playing volleyball.
Ahmed Zaki, Financial Assistant
Ahmed was born in Koimbani in 1981. Ahmed graduated with a Diploma in Accountancy and Management from Lycee Frederic Mistral in Paris and holds a GCS from Jean Zay College in France. Previously, Ahmed worked as an Account Assistant in both France and London with private sector firms. In 2011, Ahmed returned to Comoros to work as a Financial Controller with Station Bonzami before joining Peace Corps Comoros as the Financial Assistant. He is married and has one beautiful son, Nazim, who is 2 ½ years old.
Ali Omar Abdillah, Cashier
Ali was born Ntsaoueni (Union of Comoros. He integrated the Peace Corps Comoros as a Principal Cashier for ten Month since March 2015 until. Previously,Ali worked at the National Institute of Statistics and Demographic Studies (INSEED) in charge of the Economic Departemn. He holds a Higher Diploma in Economic Policy Management (DESS) from the University of Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), a Masters in Human Resources Management (Graduate School of Business and Management Esup) Dakar-Senegal and a Masters of Business Administration and Management-Bigah University (ISAG) Niamey – Niger
Mze Mirgane, General Services Assistant
Mirgane was born in May 1981 in Moroni his mother being from Itsandzeni and his father from Ouellah Mitsamiouli. After high school Mirgane went to Morocco for two years where he obtained a technical diploma in International Business. When he came back to Comoros Mirgane was employed as a sales person at a private business. In 2007 he worked with Comoros Golf Holding as transit agent under Transco where he was in charge of customs clearing of goods . In 2012 he was running my own Computer Maintenance Business and was also in charge of sales and logistics in a company of construction called (Chic Français Trading, then Sales Manager at Merveille Group Ltd before joining Peace Corps Comoros.
Mohamed Djie, Driver
Mohamed Djae Fakihi was born in 1984 in Ntsorale Dimani on Grande Comoro. He is married with 2 children - a daughter of 7 years old and a 3 year old son. After leaving school in 2005, Mohamed trained as a tour guide at the Chamber of Commerce Comoros. He then worked with CAP d’Afrique in 2007 as a supervisor of malnutrition for children under 5 years old. From January 2009 to October 2015, Mohamed worked with IBL Comoros as a driver. Mohamed was the first Comorian working with Peace Corps staff during its investigative period in October 2014. Since November 2015, Mohamed has been working with Peace Corps as a driver. Mohamed has said that, “Joining Peace Corps is a big opportunity for my professional career. I like my job and I hope to get more professional experience with my team.”