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Global Advisory Board

Committed to the Cause

Paul Adefarasin

Founding Member

An Author, Motivator and Conference speaker, Paul Adefarasin is one of the most respected and sought-after ministers in Nigeria. His weekly television programme “SOMETHING IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN!” is broadcast into millions of homes across Africa and Europe. Paul Adefarasin is well known for his clear message of hope, healing and empowerment. He is widely regarded as a visionary leader and bridge-builder. His ability to transcend Race, Tribe and Creed with his unique approach to ministry has seen to the forging of many strategic relationships between the church and secular communities in Africa.

Dr. Harriette Williams Richard


Dr. Harriette Richard is an associate professor in the Psychology Department of John C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. A Fulbright Scholar, she holds a Phd in Applied Experimental Psychology. She has also served on the board of the Association of Black Psychologists in the US and is very well travelled across the various constituencies of the global African Diaspora. Her career experience has spanned roles of increasing responsibility ultimately serving as Chair of the Department of Psychology. Her research interests are Breast Cancer, Body Image, Pedagogy, Faculty Development, Faculty Issues, Ethnicity, Race and Gender 

Dr. Yussif Mijirah Dokurugu


Dr. Dokurugu is the director of the Office of Global Health at Florida A&M University’s College of Pharmacyand an assistant professor of epidemiology. Dr. Dokurugu holds bachelor’s and master’s degree in sociology from the University of Ghana. He earned  master’s and doctoral degrees in public health from Florida A&M University.

Dr. Timi Austen-Peters


Dr. Timi Austen-Peters serves as Chairman at Dorman Long Engineering Limited since July 2014. He is a specialist financial services lawyer, with local and international experience. Dr. Austen-Peters has worked as a lawyer for the United Nations at Geneva, Switzerland, and for a leading commercial law firm in Lagos. Prior to establishing his law firm Austen-Peters & Co., he was a Legal Consultant to the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Raina Turner


Raina Turner currently serves as Executive Director of Sustainable Community Solutions Network, managing a network of 2000 individuals and organizations dedicated to sustainable development in communities across the African diaspora. Raina’s passion for creating healthy sustainable communities, locally and abroad, shifted her career focus from merely advertising the issues to engaging in global research for local solution generation, relationship development and increasing community members’ self-sufficiency.


Formerly serving as Director of Community Engagement and Entrepreneurship at the Center for Civic Innovation, her experience leading social entrepreneurship accelerators, has proven to complement the community engagement work domestically and abroad. Raina’s critical expertise in strategic planning, cultural diplomacy and sustainability, combined with her love of travel has afforded her the opportunity to study and travel abroad in China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Puerto Rico, and St. Croix. 


Raina obtained her B.S. in Marketing and International Business from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She sits on a delegation in D.C. with the Constituency for Africa, is certified in Sustainable Agriculture (HABESHA Works), Conceptual Selling (UAB – Miller Heiman), Food Bank Nutrition Policy (UC Berkeley), Biomimicry Sustainable Solutions (US EPA), Land Tenure & Property Rights (USAID), Holistic Health and Nutrition (Holistic Therapies and Education Center) and most recently completed a training around bamboo cultivation and construction from the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  She also serves as Operational Efficiency Coordinator for HABESHA, Inc., a non-profit, Pan-African organization, where she specifically focuses on project management and improving internal processes.


As a staunch proponent of employing sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, Raina is eager to continue learning and sharing the knowledge she gathers.

"Traveling the globe has provided me with an unrivaled education. Having visited five of the seven continents, I am determined to merge my love of traveling with my ultimate goal of exchanging best practices for creating and sustaining healthy communities without causing irreversible damage to the planet (including the people who occupy those spaces)."