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FAMU Alumnus Don Taylor Appointed as Program Director for HBCU Africa Innovation Cities Program

- African Diaspora Nation LLC Appoints Mr. Don Taylor as Program Director for HBCU Africa Innovation Cities Program. 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Kwabena Boateng

+1678-815-3954


ATLANTA (June, 9th  2020)— African Diaspora Nation President Kwabena Boateng today announced the appointment of Mr. Don Taylor as ADN's Program Director for the HBCU Africa Innovation Cities Program. This appointment takes immediate effect.



In this new role, Don will oversee ADN's early concepts work and build the organizational capability required to deliver the HBCU Africa Innovation City projects in West and East Africa. He will also sit on the ADN Global Advisory Board as Chair for the Program Management Committee. The HBCU Africa Innovation Cities will be monumental SMART cities to the enlightened present and future of African - African Diaspora Collaboration - a network of physical and virtual assets across Africa and it’s Diaspora committed to the cause of Human Development through a massive scaling of study abroad and international immersion experiences, research, new knowledge development and future ready skills training.


Boateng notes that Don’s  20 years of international program and project management experience delivering offshore and onshore infrastructure projects in the oil and gas industry as well as his deep connection to the HBCU Spirit uniquely qualify him for our bold and audacious goal of city building.


Mr. Taylor has managed projects with budgets circa $200M with multi-billion dollar revenue impacts. Most recently he managed a $200M Flowline Integrity Program development in Basra, Iraq for Rumaila Oil field, top ten largest oil field in the world. He has experience delivering Topsides, Midstream, Onshore, and Offshore assets for BP, with broad experience in Oil and Gas Production and Processing, Utilities, and Infrastructure. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Don obtained a Chemical Engineering degree from Florida A&M University and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He possesses a Professional Engineer License in Chemical Engineering in Texas, holds a Project Management Professional Certification from the Project Management Institute, and is Certified Scrum Master by Scrum.org. He also volunteers as an Executive Coach for the Prison Entrepreneur Program in Houston, TX.


"I have known Kwabena for nearly 20 years and he has been working towards this initiative the entire time.  I am honored and humbled to be appointed to the ADN board and to be the Program Director for the HBCU Africa Innovation City Program.  We have an amazing board full of talented and accomplished people, have had several meetings already to make this a reality, and we are going to Build this City!", says Mr. Taylor


“I have known Don for a long time and I have great respect and admiration for Don’s experience, his accomplishments and person; Don and I have a shared background as Oil and Gas project conception, development, engineering/execution professionals. In fact we were both inducted into the Florida Eta Chapter of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society in 2001. Between us we have about 40 years of experience delivering projects to a cumulative tune of about 300million dollars in some of the most challenging environments in the world - the Middle East and the Niger Delta of Nigeria.  I am excited to now have Don’s expertise and perspective on our team at ADN. I am particularly excited that we will be bringing the same design thinking approach we honed  while conceiving, designing, managing and delivering projects for two of the biggest names in Oil and Gas - Chevron and BP - to international education design and delivery. In a sense we are oil men who are on special assignment as soul men in the sacred service of helping to position HBCUs as the world’s partner of choice for technology enabled decolonization and economic empowerment leadership education. We are going to Build this City!”, says Kwabena 


African Diaspora Nation is an Atlanta based culturally responsible Pan Human Human Capital Development organization that has a priority focus on catalyzing human development in Africa and it's diaspora, and as such sees Historically Black Colleges and Universities(HBCUs) and technology companies as priority partners of choice in delivering upon its mandate.



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