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Oumou N’Dour

Supervising Director
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Oumou hails from Raleigh, North Carolina by way of Nice, France; Rabat, Morocco; Conakry, Guinea; and Dakar, Senegal. Prior to joining Elevate, Oumou served as the operations manager for a teeth whitening business where she was charged with client relations and marketing. Oumou spent the beginning of her post-collegiate career in Dakar, Senegal where she was a World History and Interpersonal Communications teacher at the Senegalese American Bilingual School. After her time as a teacher, Oumou worked on human rights policy and project management in Senegal. She worked for the Senegalese Committee for Human Rights and aided the recently-created government agency liaise between civil society and the government to improve both internal and external Senegalese human rights policy. Oumou has also worked with the NGO Femmes Africa Solidarité where she created communications materials and supported the management of projects aimed to empower women in peacebuilding processes in the Great Lakes Region to help eradicate Sexual Gender Based Violence.

Oumou holds a Political Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Amongst other university activities, Oumou served as a Teaching Assistant and Co-Chair to the 400 person Great Decisions course, which aimed to broaden student knowledge on pressing international issues.

Oumou loves movies and is currently building her spreadsheet of favorite movies, which at the time of this bio’s creation, contains 210 films. Any conversation with Oumou will likely include Beyoncé, who despite having never won a Grammy for Album of the Year, serves as an example of excellence through hard work and impactful and multifaceted artistry that will inform culture for generations to come.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

A question mark. My curiosity has always guided me. Why are you asking?

What's your hidden talent?

I'm capable of connecting any topic of conversation to Beyoncé.

Who is your hero?

My Grandfather, who went from being illiterate to getting his Masters in Electrical Engineering in the midst of colonization.

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

Either Aja Naomi King or Lupita Nyong’o. Both Yale School of Drama graduates would need to wear very high heels to make the portrayal accurate, though.

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