Saran Kaba Jones (MIPAD) Honoree

Saran Kaba Jones is the Founder and CEO of FACE Africa, a group advancement association attempting to reinforce water, sanitation and cleanliness (WASH) framework and administrations in provincial groups crosswise over sub-Saharan Africa.

Saran was born in Liberia however left in 1989 at the age of eight before the nation’s civil war started. Saran spent her formative years living in Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, France and Cyprus before moving to the United States in 1999. She came back to Liberia just about 20 years later to discover a nation in urgent need and made it her life goal to help, particularly centered around access to safe drinking water and sanitation and engaging ladies and young ladies through education and skill training.

Since FACE Africa was launched in January 2009, it has raised funds through supports from JP Morgan Chase, Coca-Cola, the Voss Foundation, P&G, Chevron and the Robert Bosch Foundation, among others; and has built more than 50 WASH projects and has come in contact with 25,000 individuals in rural Liberia. FACE Africa was at the frontline of the Ebola response efforts in Rivercess County, Liberia, where they led social mobilization, prevention, awareness and mindfulness and community engagement programs.

Saran is currently a Board Member of the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group West/Center Africa and a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She was featured by the Guardian UK as one of Africa’s 25 Top Women Achievers beside President Joyce Banda of Malawi and Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee. In 2012, she got the Longines/Town&Country “Ladies Who Make A Difference’ Award for her work with FACE Africa, and prior that year she was featured by Black Enterprise as one of 10 International Women of Power to Watch and by Daily Muse as one of 12 Women to Watch. In 2011, Saran got the Applause Africa “Individual of the Year” grant and was the Voss Foundation’s Women Helping Women Honoree. She was additionally a Huffington Post “Most prominent Person of the Day,” and recorded as one of Forbes Magazine’s 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa.

Saran speaks on issues and topics that focus on water foundation, enterprise, and sexual orientation balance and has served on boards at the World Economic Forum, Harvard University, MIT, the London School of Economics, and the African Union. She is additionally an individual from the U.S. Express Department’s International Information Programs (IIP) and every now and then leads workshops all around on enterprise.

Her work with FACE Africa has been featured broadly by Forbes, the Boston Globe, BBC Focus on Africa, Town&Country, and CNN.

Before establishing FACE Africa, Saran functioned as an Investment Project Manager for the Singapore Economic Development Board.

We want to congratulate this woman of Valor on all these her achievement and also adding this one to the numerous awards she has gotten. This award indeed suits her and she deserves even more for the great work she is undertaking to make Africa great again. Congratulation on your recognition ma’am as “The Most Influential People of African Descent Class of 2017.

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