The Pan-African Family Empowerment & Land Preservation Network, Inc."Connecting & Empowering All Branches of Our African Family Tree"

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Theresa White

Founder, Chair & Ceo

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Theresa White Is the Founder, Chair & Ceo of the Pan-African Family Empowerment & Land Preservation Network, Inc.
She Brings to the Pafen Wide-Ranging Experience from Working in Various Fields, Most Notably as both a Journalist, and a Former Congressional Aide.
White Began Her Journalism Career at the St. Petersburg Times in 1979. while at the St. Pete Times, White Was Nominated for Several Journalism Awards, Including a Pulitzer Prize for Specialized Investigative Reporting for a Project She Worked on with Three Other Reporters in 1980.
She Has Written for Numerous Publications Including Ebony Magazine; Southern Exposure Magazine, the Savannah Morning News/evening Press; the Georgia Guardian; the Savannah Tribune; the Herald of Savannah; the Gullah Sentinel; and the Beaufort Gazette.
White also Formerly Worked as a Reporter/production Assistant at Wjwj Tv in Beaufort, Sc, An Arm of the South Carolina Educational Tv Network, and a Pbs Affiliate.
White Holds a B.a. Degree in Political Science from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fl.
As a Part of Her Education at Eckerd, White Studied Abroad in London, England and Bogota, Colombia. She also Spent a Summer Working in London, and Visited France Several Times.
White Was among the Earliest Students at Modern Media Institute in St. Petersburg, Fl. Mmi Has Evolved into the Powerhouse Poynter Institute for Media Studies, One of the Premier Training Centers, and Think Tanks for Journalists and Editors in the U.s.
In the Early 1990S, White Was a Constituent Services Representative and the Savannah District Office Manager for U.S. Rep. Cynthia A. Mckinney, Georgia’s First African-American Congresswoman.
She’s also a Former Member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and Has Been a Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for More Than 35 Years.
In 1985, She Won the Coveted Emory O. Jackson Memorial Journalism Award Presented by the South Atlantic Region of Aka. and in 1993, She Received An Outstanding News Coverage Award from Citizens for Environmental Justice, a Grassroots Environmental Activist Group Based in Savannah, Ga.White Has both Gullah Geechee, and Native American Ancestors.

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Eagan J. Bright

International Co-Vice Chairs

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Eagan J. Bright, a Native of Liberia and Liberia Bureau Chief for the African Voices International News Network, Is the Chief International Co-Vice Chair of the Pafen.
Bright Is Tasked with the Responsibility of Expanding Pafen’s Presence in Africa and the Caribbean.
His Wide-Ranging Experience in Broadcast and Print Media; High Profile United Nations Assignments in Several Countries; and Human Rights Activism across International Lines–All Make Him An Excellent Choice to Serve as the Pafen’s Chief Representative, and Organizer in Africa.
Bright Was Educated in Liberia, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, and Uganda..
He’s Fluent in French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic–All Key Languages Essential for Building Global Pan-African Alliances.
Bright also Holds a Long List of Leadership Positions in Africa.
Among Them Are: Executive Director of the Liberia Dual Citizenship Network; Second Vice President of the West African Roller Sports Union; President of the African Federation of Environmental Journalists; President of the Ellen Chenoweth Nonviolent Peace Approach/liberia; President of the Liberia National Association of Tenants and Residents; President of the Democracy Development Program; and President of the Liberia Archery Federation.
An Undergraduate Degree in Mass Communications and Information Science from the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe Is among His Educational Credentials. Bright also Holds a Graduate Degree in Human Rights and Governance from the Makarere University in Uganda.
Bright’s Media Affiliations Include a Cnn Contributor for Liberia; a Voice of America Contributor for Liberia; Tv Talk Show Host for Royal Communications, Inc.; Stringer for the Liberia Broadcasting System; Reporter for Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp.; Columnist for South African Housing Foundation News; Editor Sudanow Newspaper; and Contributor to African Voices Web News.
His Impressive Resume also Includes Un Assignments in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, as Well as Various Government and Business Projects in Sudan, the Congo (Central African Republic), and Ethiopia.
Bright Has Campaigned against Human Rights Abuses, Including Female Genital Mutilation in Sudan, Liberia and Ethiopia; Early Child Forced Marriages in Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali; and Domestic/economic Violence in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Cambodia.
Additionally, He’s Fought Child Abuse and Molestation in Benin, Liberia, and Guinea Bissau; and Promoted Nonviolence and Peace in Burma, Senegal, and Liberia.
Bright Has also Done Research on Mental Health Issues in Africa; African Citizenship; and Land, Zoning, and Title Holding in Liberia.
He and His Two Young Sons Live in In Liberia’s Capital Monrovia.

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Somali Prince Dr. Mohamed H. Mukhtar

International Co-Vice Chair

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Somali Prince Dr. Mohamed H. Mukhtar Is Founder and President of the Center for Peace Building Initiative in Savannah, Ga.
Mukhtar Served as An International Co-Vice Chair of the Pafen Advisory Board before Moving up to the Pafen Board of Directors as An International Co-Vice Chair.
The Two-Time Fulbright Scholar Is a Sunni Muslim, Who Hails from An African Royal Dynasty in Somalia that Can Trace Its Lineage Back Almost 1,500 Years.
Educated in Egypt at Al-Azhar University, Mukhtar Is a Noted Professor of African & Middle Eastern History and Arabic.
He’s Fluent in Several Languages Including English, Arabic, Italian, Malay, and Various Somali Dialects.
Mukhtar Is Currently Chairman of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Savannah State University. He also Taught at the Somali National University, and the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. a Branch of the National University of Malaysia.
An Internationally-Acclaimed Author and Editor, Mukhtar Has also Been a Producer and Commentator for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Bbc Arabic, Somali and World Services since 1984.
Restoring Peace in Africa and Conflict Resolution Are Very Personal Issues with Mukhtar.
He Lost a Beloved Son in Somalia’s Bitter Civil War. and He Fought to Bring His Three Surviving Children to America from a Refugee Camp in Kenya in the 1990S. after They Arrived, the Formerly Pampered Prince Did An Admirable Job of Helping Them Adjust to Life in America in His New Role as a Single-Parent.
Mukhtar Has Long Been Active in Organizations Committed to Promoting Peace, Including Serving as a Former Chairman of the Somalia Committee for Peace and Reconciliation (Ergada).
Mukhtar’s Influence Is Felt Far and Wide through His Leadership in Several Organizations from the Local to International Levels.
He’s President of the Savannah Chapter of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Serves of the Boards of both the Greater Savannah International Alliance, and the Savannah Council on World Affairs.
Additionally, Mukhtar Is a Member of the Global Advisory Board for Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies. and since 1998, He’s Been a Georgia Delegate, and Education Advisor to the National Summit on Africa,
Needless to Say, He’s Very Busy. but He Always Comes through when We Really Need Him.

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Mr. Nathaniel Koty

West African Regional Representative

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Mr. Nathaniel Koty of the Benin Republic, Is the First West African Regional Representative of the Pafen..
A Charismatic Leader, Koty Is President of the Assistance and Humanity Foundation, Which Is Based in Benin.
His Popular Foundation Deals with Wide-Ranging Quality of Life Issues, Including Health; Education; Agriculture; Disaster Response and Relief; Citizenship; and Human Rights.
Koty Is also President of the West African Federation of Roller Sports.
His Much-Anticipated New Business Venture–Transatlantic Television–Will Begin Broadcasting in 2017.

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