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Tullier headshot 2016MICHELLE TULLIER, PhD

Dr. Michelle Tullier is an internationally-recognized expert in career development and career management. She is a Senior Consultant with Workforce Architects and was most recently Executive Director of the career center at Georgia Tech. Prior to Tech, Michelle held career coaching and regional leadership roles with a global career transition and organizational consulting firm. Michelle is a frequent speaker on 21st century career competencies and generational dynamics in the workplace, and she is the author of nine books, including The Unofficial Guide to Landing a Job (Wiley & Sons) and The Idiot’s Guide to Overcoming Procrastination (Alpha / Simon & Schuster). Michelle holds a B.A. in psychology from Wellesley College and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from UCLA. Her mission is to help people not simply be successful in their careers but to find satisfaction and sense of purpose through their work.




Kiplyn Primus hosts The Local Take With Kiplyn Primus, heard Saturday mornings at 7a.m. on WCLK. She also works with local businesses and organizations interested in paid underwriting schedules on Atlanta’s Jazz Public Radio Station. The Local Take with Kiplyn Primus features discussions about critical issues facing Atlanta and profiles of organizations doing important work in the communities served by WCLK. As public broadcasters it is part of our mission to engage with the community and feature people and issues that aren’t always covered by mainstream, commercial media outlets.

Kiplyn  is a graduate of Howard University and Clark Atlanta University and has a long career in public and commercial media. She is a veteran facilitator for StoryCorps’ Atlanta studio, and has written extensively on global and local initiatives for a number of publications.

IUGB Foundation Announces Our Participation In The GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign

pict_largeWe’re thrilled to announce the IUGB Foundation’s participation in The GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign.  The GlobalGiving Girl Fund provides an opportunity for projects dedicated to women and girls to gain support and funding.  When you support the GlobalGiving Girl Fund, 100% of your donation will support IUGB Foundation’s mission to providing opportunities for girls. The GlobalGiving Girl Fund has long term impact: with support from locally driven programs, girls are empowered to make positive changes not just in themselves, but in their families, friends, and communities. In this way, supporting girls has an exponential impact for good.

Our participation in this campaign gives us a chance to earn a spot in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund for all of 2019. The two-week campaign runs through March 15, 2019 with a gift matching day for recurring gifts on March 8, 2019 to celebrate International Women’s Day. In the end, six spots in the Girl Fund will be awarded to the four projects who mobilized the most donors in the campaign and the two projects who best demonstrated the best quality of work, as determined by their peers.

More about the GlobalGiving Girl Fund: https://www.globalgiving.org/funds/girl-fund/

IUGB Foundation’s Project Link: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/cote-divoire-rising-stem-scholarship-for-females/

Help us reach our goal of making one of the six spots in this campaign by sharing our project and this post as widely as possible on social media, plus by using the social media assets attached.  We will be sharing more messages you can copy and post throughout the campaign.

Thanks so much for your assistance!  With your wide sharing of this we are sure to reach at least 40 new donors, and help finish our goal to provide a rural Ivoirian female student with a STEM scholarship!

Graduate Profile – Miss DANHI Niamke Malan Mangnin Vanessa

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting

I started my academic year as a freshman in January 2014 at IUGB, pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. During my academic years at IUGB, I got involved in different activities and studies that helped me establish self-confidence and an open mind. In April 2014, I participated in the Miss IUGB competition and was one of the three winners.

From 2015 to 2016 I WAS a member of the Business Club in charge of communication. I also took part in the beach cleaning program organized by the US Embassy and Coca-Cola. My Leadership classmates and I co-organized a charitable activity for the orphanage of Grand-Bassam. For two months, I worked for the Belgian Embassy at the Belgian Economic Mission in Abidjan. After that I worked at Mamlakah Group as assistant accountant within the Financial and Accounting department.

I feel grateful that I have received such a great education at IUGB, which has prepared me to be a strong woman and to take steps for the future. I would like to thank my professors. such as Dr. Frederic Bogui and Dr. Brou Bosson, the academic advisors, my siblings, Mr. and Mrs. Ama Koffi Buah, and most of all my parents, who took on the challenge to enroll me in a great university

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When reminiscing about the first time I came to IUGB, I remember how scared I was that I would not to be able to fit in. Three years later, not only did this anxiousness vanish but it morphed into a state of total bliss and elation. I am thankful for the experience and my interactions with dedicated professors and students. Their drive pushed me to always strive for excellence with dedication and strong work ethic. I will forever be thankful for my years in IUGB that allow me to finally view myself as a proud educated black female with a strong voice that needs to be heard.

IUGB Foundation Welcomes its First Advisory Board Members

We are delighted to announce our Foundation’s first Advisory Board Members Keith E. Brown, Cherise Y. Peters, and Vanessa Prempeh. Our newly formed Advisory Board is a social and networking- focused group providing support in strategy, networking, and serving as our ambassadors as the face of IUGB. We are grateful for the valuable assistance and collaboration of our Advisory Board to increase resources for IUGB and its students and their families!

brownKeith E. Brown previously served as an IUGB Board Member.  Mr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Lincoln University in Pennsylvania (1973), a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Southern California (1975), and is a graduate of the prestigious Department of State Senior Seminar (1995).  He served a distinguished 29-year career with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where he held the highest career rank in the Foreign Service as Career Minister and served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Africa. He joined the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in 2004 as Executive Vice-President for Africa Programs, and became its President and Chief Executive Officer in 2009. He led JGI efforts to successfully double its resource base, pioneer the integration of conservation and land-use planning in community-centered landscape-scale conservation initiatives and revitalize the famous Jane Goodall Gombe Research Center in Tanzania.

Cherise Y. Peters, MHRM, MLE _ Professional PhotoCherise Y. Peters Ms. Peters is pursuing her PhD in Research, Measurements, and Statistics at Georgia State University.  She holds a Masters in Human Resources Management, from Keller Graduate School, a Certificate in Management Leadership Education from Harvard University, and a Bachelor in Business Administration from Fort Lauderdale University.  Cherise is a senior level education administrator with 36 years of experience in Higher Education in multiple disciplines, and held positions at higher educational institutions in Alabama, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. Currently she is CEO and Principle Consultant for Peters Principle, LLC.  Cherise worked with IUGB over ten years ago as an administrator team member at Georgia State University charged with advising and guiding the university leadership in its development of student services

vanessa masters32204Vanessa Prempeh holds a a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Business Administration with a focus on Marketing from Clark Atlanta University.  Ms. Prempeh has worked throughout Africa and the Caribbean. Ms. Prempeh worked as a marketing assistant with IBM and has led Goodworks International, LLC for over twelve years as Vice President.  At Goodworks International, she is team lead for professionals in law, finance, business marketing and development, information technology and government relations consulting. Vanessa has worked in a variety of markets, which makes her one of the foremost consultants in the industry.

Fourth Edition of IUGB Career Day: Shape Your Career Is Our Business

On Saturday November 17, 2018, IUGB hosted its fourth edition of Career Day “Shape Your Career Is Our Business” on the University’s Grand-Bassam campus. About 350 attendees participated in the event, including corporate representatives, students, faculty and staff. The program was designed to connect students with local businesses and the local job market.

Twenty one (21) companies participated in the event:

Coca Cola, Nestlé, Citibank, GT Bank, Société ivoirienne de Banque (SIB), Agence Emploi Jeunes, Société Ivoirienne de Technologie Tropicale (SI2T), General Electric (GE), Côte d’Ivoire Tourisme, Cémoi, Choco+, Atalan Global Services, Etudes de Maitre Aurelie Yeman, Isao Ltd, Sunita Impex, Taxijet, Save the Children, Cummins, Brassivoire, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC),  Except  Group.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs opened the general session with a welcome address and provided company representatives with detailed information about the University, its academic programs and its major activities, as well as IUGB graduate profiles. Company representatives then presented their organizations and their activities.

Representatives from individual companies had conversations with students in assigned classrooms. The students took the opportunity to speak one-on-one with company representatives and to present their resumes in hopes of securing internships and job offers.

The University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) Signs with IBM to Implement the Skills Academy Program at IUGB

ibmNegotiated and facilitated by the IUGB Foundation, IBM representative Babacar Kane and Professor Saliou Toure, President of the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB)  signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 21, 2018 to implement IBM’s skills academy program for IUGB faculty and students. IBM’s Skills Academy is a training and certification program designed to bridge the skills gap between the University and the market industry.  The Skills Academy program is a free program (US-based universities pay a fee to acquire it) for African universities designed to support students and faculty for certification in key technology modules. These modules prepare students for roles such as big data engineer, artificial intelligence analyst and mobile application administrator. There are 11 possible certifications for both students and faculty. For the students, this training is an amazing resume builder. Additionally, IUGB Faculty now have an important set of academic tools that they did not have before.

The IBM Skills Academy provides students with an educational background for a career in the IT industry, builds local capability according to international standards in new areas and provides an environment for continuous technical updates.  IBM’s Faculty training and the subsequent Faculty training of students will be done while maintaining an academic teaching approach. Also, IUGB students will have 24/7 free access to an on-campus “Educational Private Cloud Environment”, provided by IBM for relevant training materials for the latest technologies on each certification track. Students will also utilize IBM’s “Educational Portal” containing course content, assessment quizzes and certification tests.

We are very excited to acknowledge this groundbreaking technological precedent for IUGB, as IBM’s Skills Academy will benefit IUGB students while acting as a catalyst for entrepreneurship and a new economy.  Please join us in welcoming our new academic partner, IBM!

Moving Up the Chain with IUGB/ GSU/ Strayer University Graduate Maferima Ouattara

Meet Maferima Ouattara, an IUGB/ GSU/ Strayer University alumna pursuing her goals with tenacity and passion. Maferima is a study in perseverance and she is honoring her educational credentials as we speak, even as she works full-time at Curry Honda of Atlanta. Her educational career began in 2007 with IUGB in Cote d’Ivoire but, by 2011, Maferima arrived in the United States, eager to complete her higher education at Georgia State University.

Maferima’s arrival in the United States to pursue her education in 2011 was just the beginning of many aspects of her educational and work careers. At Georgia State University she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics; her Bachelor’s in Business Administration (Finance); and she was an honors graduate this month from Strayer University with her Masters of Business Administration Degree. Along the way, she discovered that her true academic calling was supply chain management (aka ‘blockchain’). Maferima decided it would be best to become certified in this specialized management niche, in addition to her already impressive academic credentials.

As a trilingual world student/ employee/ volunteer, Maferima already has an outstanding portfolio, including an IUGB Foundation Internship, Delta Airlines (Customer Service Agent Above Wing); Georgia State University (Student Fundraiser; Student Assistant University Housing) and in Cote d’Ivoire; Audit, Data Entry, Research Intern at the Office General of Customs in Cote d’Ivoire. As a president of the Youth Association of Attoban in Cote d’Ivoire, she worked with her peers to better the living conditions of youth in her neighborhood. She serves as Secretary of the IUGB Alumni and Friends Network (AFNET) and reported on tutoring committee activities and tutored students about basic finance concepts for The Finance Society of GSU. In her free time, she is a TV host at Cvoir Net, a model, and she recently joined the movie industry .

We look forward to see how Maferima will maximize her experience to greatly improve blockchain in countries around the world-and what other discoveries, educational or otherwise, await her.

Maferima said “To our alumna with true grit: we know you will be a success in whatever field you choose, because your determination and persistence will get you there!” She is planning to pursue with her PhD and will return back to Ivory Coast.


It is GIVING season. This is a special time of year in the USA. As always, our first priority is to fund our Invest for Success Program which provides scholarships for male and female students lacking the resource to attend International University of Grand Bassam (IUGB) in Cote d’Ivoire.

Thanks to your generosity, our Global Giving Accelerator begun in September to enable rural female students to attend IUGB achieved our goal of raising $5,000 within four weeks. Thanks to this success the IUGB Foundation is now an Accelerator Graduate and we have a permanent partnership with Global Giving’s worldwide giving platform!

This success inspired us to raise our goal to $10,000 so we can send another rural female student to IUGB. No amount is too small: a gift of $25 covers the book fee per semester per student; $100 covers the technology fee per student per semester and a gift of $3,900 covers ½ of annual academic fees (minus room/board) for one college student. Here is the link for Global Giving

Yet another way to give scholarship funds for Invest for Success is through IUGB Foundation’s Georgia Gives/Giving Tuesday campaign. This is our first year participating in this campaign. Here is the link for Georgia Gives

However you choose to give, you are giving a student who would never have a chance to study at a University like ours a superior education and a future in leadership and change for West Africa and far beyond. Please feel free to share these links with your friends and peers. Thank you for your support.

Save the Date to our Holiday Cocktail Party on December 18th

Kick off the Holiday Season with our “Convergence” Cocktail Reception: New friends, drinks and h’ors d’oeuvres! on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018, hosted by digitalundivided and the IUGB Foundation.

digitalundivideddigitalundivided is a social enterprise that develops programs to increase the active participation of female entrepreneurs in tech. The International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB) Foundation, Inc. shares this interest by supporting female entrepreneurs. The Foundation empowers all students by developing the necessary resources to make IUGB, located in Côte d’Ivoire, a center of excellence for higher education in West Africa. We hope that the convergence of these two organizations will encourage innovative connections!

We invite you to our first-ever co-hosted holiday cocktail reception to make friends and learn about an innovative digital incubator for early stage startups, plus the groundbreaking work of the IUGB Foundation/IUGB! Grab a drink and some great snacks, and mingle with award-winning female tech entrepreneurs, IUGB alumni world changers, and more!

An invitation will be sent out shortly through Eventbrite. Stay tuned.