Founder, Board Member and Executive Director
Monica LaBiche Brown, MSM
Monica founded Africa Development Promise is June 2013 and launched the organization in May 2014.
Monica is from Seychelles, an African island nation in the Indian Ocean but spent her formative years in Kampala, Uganda. Living in both countries, she experienced first-hand the challenges that developing countries face, especially in rural areas. Wanting to make a difference, Monica focused her efforts on gaining experience in development practice. Her development career includes twelve years at the World Bank and eight years at Water For People.
Monica holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Regis University, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Spelman College, and a Graduate Certificate in Development Practice from Regis University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the National Association of Negro Women where she received the 2016 Living Portraits Award.
Social Media Marketing Intern
Sofia is an undergraduate at Boston University, where she is pursuing her BA in International Relations and Spanish. She has always been inspired by those who are able to make an impact on communities around the world, and believes that female empowerment is one of the most important aspects of International Development. Her admiration for development work has continued to grow as she has lived and traveled abroad, and she is excited to be a part of such a wonderful organization such as Africa Development Promise as their Social Media Marketing intern!
Grant Writer Intern
Emanuel is an economics and philosophy student at Gordon College hoping to bridge the gap between the why and how we enact change in the world. He draws incredible inspiration from those who have dedicated their lives to lifting up others and giving them the tools to make life their own. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of such people, he believes that the education and empowerment of women is one of the most important steps we can take to achieve worldwide human flourishing. Joining Africa Development Promise as a grant writing intern, Emanuel is excited to work with ADP towards women’s economic empowerment and learn more about sustainable development over the summer of 2020.
Country Director, Uganda Program
Program Manager, Uganda Program
Fred joined the Africa Development Promise team in Uganda in February 2020. He comes in with over 9 years of Development work experience, having worked with several multinational organizations holding different portfolios; Markets and Trade Manager with Farm Concern International (FCI), Agribusiness Coach with Community Agribusiness Development (CARD) Uganda, Community Development Facilitator with World Vision Uganda, Assistant Program Officer with The Hunger Project – Uganda (THP-U) and Livelihood Coordinator with Christian Children’s Fund (Current Child Fund).
Fred is currently working on his Masters of Development Practice degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Uganda Christian University and a Diploma in Community Development from Nsamizi Training Institute for Social Development.
office administrator, uganda program
Louise is the newest member of the Uganda team and serves as the Office Administrator. She brings to Africa Development Promise over three years of experience in office administration and has strong interpersonal, organizational skills, and a great team spirit. A graduate of Kyambogo University, Louise earned her Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Social Sciences. Louise says, “I’ve always had a passion to work with communities and bring positive change to people’s lives and Africa Development Promise grants me the opportunity to do so. Working with women and seeing them gain economic independence is such an amazing thing and also gives one a sense of purpose.
Country Manager, Rwanda Program
Janviere is an agribusiness professional with over 6 years of rural and community development experience. Prior to joining Africa Development Promise, Janviere worked as the District Environment Facilitator with Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) where she managed environmental and sustainable development initiatives such as proper waste management, protecting rivers and dams, and training farmers on the use organic and inorganic fertilizers.
Janviere is currently working on her Master of Development Practice degree, a distance learning program through Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Rural Development and Agri-business from the Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.
Agriculture Cooperative Officer, Rwanda Program
Eric comes to Africa Development Promise with over 7 years of work experience, having worked with different projects and NGOs aimed at improving farmers’ livelihood. His experience includes serving as District Coordinator at Sustainable Growers Rwanda a local NGO supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Training Facilitator at World vision Rwanda, Project Field Officer at Integrated Project for Ecosystem Rehabilitation and Green village Promotion Project (IPERGP) funded by National Fund for Climate Change, and District Forest Extension Officer at Participatory Forest Management project funded by Government of Netherlands.
Eric is currently working on his Masters of Business Administration degree specializing in the coffee value chain and women cooperative performance from Mount Kenya University- Rwanda. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Sciences from the University of Rwanda – College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM).