Some of our speakers

Theresa Carrington

Ten by Three, USA

Theresa Carrington is a highly sought-after social entrepreneur, speaker, and trainer.  Her talks and workshops are customized to your audience, filled with humor and leave attendees motivated.

Theresa is the founder and C.E.O. of Ten By Three, a highly respected social enterprise. Through Theresa’s models and processes, the organization has discovered a sustainable formula for ending poverty in developing economies. 

Theresa is a speaker, trainer, and recognized expert for the United States Department of State.


She has conducted leadership training, lectures, and workshops in over 14 countries.

Theresa has won 11 Emmy® awards from the Mid-America Chapter and has received more than 18 awards recognizing her as a successful leader, social entrepreneur, and international development expert.

Theresa uses her global experience to help the world’s largest brands including BMW, Whole Foods Market, and Coca-Cola inspire their employees and consumers, especially millennials.

LielO Kambouli HUGES

Associé-Gérant/Consultant ABEC SARL

Monsieur LIELO KOMBATE Kambouli est un Juriste, Spécialiste de Droit des Affaires et Fiscalité, Associé-Gérant d’AFRICAN BUSINESS ENGINEERING and CONSULTING (ABEC SARL), une société de Droit togolais spécialisée dans l’Expertise, l’Assistance et le Conseil en matières juridiques et fiscales aux entreprises dans l’Espace OHADA.

CONSULTANT PRINCIPAL d’ABEC SARL, il assure, es qualité, les prestations de services d’avis, de conseil et d’assistances en matières juridiques et fiscales aux entreprises aussi bien pour leur création que leur gestion dans l’optique de l’utilisation du droit et de la fiscalité comme outils de gestion rentable des entreprises et de sécurité juridique et judiciaires des affaires.

En qualité de Consultant indépendant, M. LIELO KOMBATE Kambouli a réalisé diverses missions de consultance en matières juridiques au profit d’Organisations Internationales et d’ONG installées au Togo.

Jean-Philippe POULNOT

Director of Up group

Born in 1962 in Avignon, France, graduated from the Graduate School of Management, Jean-Philippe POULNOT has been a cooperator of the Up group for nearly 28 years, and has been a director of the Up group for nearly 16 years and a director of Kalidéa, a subsidiary of group Up.

He is Past President of the Up Group Foundation, which he chaired for 12 years and to which he has given all his international influence. He has held many positions within the Up Group, as Regional Director, Sales and Marketing Director of a subsidiary,  Check Domicile, Project Manager for Technological and Societal R & D of the group Up (Attached to the Presidency) and has He has also been Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Télfix, a Vital Health Card Update Company, Project Director on complementary currencies in the context of a major European project (SOL Project) ... To date, he is in charge of political relations with the SSE in a broad and global sense, within the group Up.

Laurence KWARK

Secretary of GSEF

Laurence KWARK is the General Secretary of GSEF (Global Social Economy Forum) since Feb 2016, working for the International Recognition & Visibility of Social and Solidarity Economy and the promotion of international exchange and cooperation between local governments and social economic networks. She had worked from 1998 to 2008, as a project manager for South America and Asia at the “Terre d'avenir & CCFD”, an International Development NGO of France. She had also worked as the Secretary General of the Pax Romana ICMICA (International Catholic Movement for Intellectuals and Cultural Affairs) in Geneva for 2009-2012 then from 2013 till February 2016, as the Representative of Pax Romana to UN in Geneva. She had graduated Sejong University in Seoul in 1983, and got her master degree in sociology in 1993 from the French Institute of High Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, France.

Pauline EYEBE EFFA

Teacher in France and Cameroon

National coordinator of the NGO Partnership France and Africa for the Co-development PFAC association born in the north of France and authorized to practice in Cameroon since the year 2000.

In 2002, Pauline received the prize of the foundation vivendi for the associative company of insertion based in Tourcoing and which revalorized the textile waste.

In 2003, she won the French Senate Award at the Entrepreneur's Fair.

She passes a master of social economy and local development at the University of Valenciennes and participates in the structuring of cooperatives in Brazil, she then decides to come to highlight the experience gained in Cameroon, his country of origin where a dedicated ministry The social economy was created in 2004. In partnership with this ministry, it organizes the first international conference of the social economy in Cameroon in June 2006 since then, it fights for this sector emerges through a strong cooperative movement. In 2012, she signed an agreement with the State of Cameroon for the structuring of village communities into cooperatives.

Tchala Olowo-n’djo

Founder and CEO of Alaffia

Olowo-n’djo Tchala was born and raised in the village of Kaboli, Togo where he shared a single 8’x10’ room with his mother and seven siblings.

After failing to afford school tuition, Olowo-n’djo dropped out of school in the sixth grade. In the years after, he worked alongside his mother on her farm.

In 1996, Olowo-n’djo met and fell in love with Peace Corps Volunteer, Prairie Rose Hyde, while she worked in Kaboli. After her service ended, the couple moved to the United States with a shared goal: finding a way to alleviate poverty in West Africa.

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