A University of Los Angeles business educated entrepreneur, Ms. Juko-McDowell is a professional small business owner with successful strategic leadership, client; centered management, and sales experience. Her experience includes working in real-estate as a Realtor and in the mortgage servicing industry for the past 18 years. She now owns multiple businesses which include domestic and international travel, real-estate investment, and health and wellness. She is passionate about helping her community grow and thrive in business.
Mr. Morgan is an Avistas Founding Principal, CEO and International Management Consultant with 22+ years of proven experience leading major business growth and transformation initiatives relating to secure Information and Communications Technology (ICT) deployments around the world.
Mr. Morgan is recognized for the ability to rapidly identify solutions, prioritize the critical path, then organize and lead innovative growth initiatives. He has proven success in advanced due diligence, business development, product development, marketing, strategic planning, operations and information communications & technologies.
He is a member of the Security Industry Association and has participated in many other international standards bodies with the development and harmonization of interoperable software security products. Mr. Morgan has made dozens of appearances on FOX, CBS and other nationally syndicated radio shows along with local TV affiliates as a cybersecurity expert addressing and commenting on current online threats ranging from clickjacking, identity theft and cyber bullying.
Mr. Morgan has presented at major technical conferences including ASIS regarding Security ROI, ISC Solutions on Leveraging the Power of the One-Card Solutions for Higher Education, and at DOJ’s Annual Cybersecurity Conference on Managing Risk in a Dynamic Environment.
Mr. Morgan supports major Economic Development initiatives both domestic and international relating to intelligent “smart” cities, ICT operating companies and related cloud services (G2G, G2C, G2B, B2B, B2C, etc.). One of his most notable accomplishments included the original ICT master planning for the King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Morgan recently served as a Senior Technical Advisor on behalf of the World Bank to oversee the design, development, commissioning, staffing and operations of the Rwanda National Data Center (Tier IV architecture) and Internet Virtual Landing Point including the security of those technology assets and services housed within this significant Kigali facility. It currently operates, manages and protects over $380+ million USD of broadband technology assets supporting the East African Community’s emerging cloud services markets.
Mr. Morgan received his Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University.
A graduate of Brigham Young University (Marriott School of Management) with a BS in accounting and an MBA from University of Utah (David Eccles school of Business), He has had progressive accounting and financial career with top USA corporations including FMC Corporation, HP, Dell, IBM, and United Technologies. Benson has extensive cost accounting knowledge, taxation, auditing, expert in financial planning reporting and analysis, budgets, and lean management skills. His dedication to work ethic is superior! He gets things “done”. Benson has led resource mobilizing efforts to save lives in East Africa and provided food and water to the needy. Benson is the founding chair of East Africa Chamber of commerce (EACC) in Dallas Texas and Kenya Diaspora Advisory council of Texas. Benson is an entrepreneur and continues to link businesses in both US and East African.
A Uganda native and proud TCU MBA graduate with a BA, Economics, Geography and Education from Makerere University, Uganda. Currently a Human Resources Director and a consultant with 15+ years of progressive management experience in both private and municipal sectors;
Passionate about education and personal development particularly for the youth and women.
Served as Director of Development for the Ugandan North American Association.
Volunteers with youth as a team lead of KACI & I (Keep A Child Informed and Inspired). Married with two children and lives in Grand Prairie.
A Senior Level Professional with expertise in business development, financial accounting, multi-disciplinary team management and project management – Immaculate has a strong history of successfully spearheading large projects in multi-million dollar corporations. By applying strong business acumen and leadership talents, Immaculate is very much involved in not only uplifting her career but she is also strongly involved in community development initiatives as way of giving back to her community.
Knowing firsthand how challenging it was to make it in a foreign land as a young college student with very minimal friends/relatives or connections if any, Immaculate knew that there is no single approach that is right for every individual other than utilization of collective talents and that is why she made a personal commitment to herself to render the little knowledge/support she has to uplift her fellow community members to find their deserving dreams.
Alongside her daily career endeavors as a project manager, Immaculate currently serves as the Vice President for the United States Rwanda Community Abroad (USRCA) whose purpose is to encourage the utilization of collective talents and resources in order to strengthen Rwandan communities in USA by providing mutual/professional/social and supporting economic sustainability in her communities as well as in her motherland. Prior to the VP role, Immaculate served as the USRCA Executive Treasurer for 3 years (2013 -2016).
Immaculate’ s academic background includes an MBA degree in Human Resource Management from Ashford University in Iowa and BA degree in Economics/Business Administration from the University of Maryland College Park .
A proud wife and a mother, Immaculate enjoys spending time with her family and has a strong passion for community development initiatives.
A Kenyan Native with an MBA and MIS from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Texas. Karen is a small business owner based in Dallas Texas. An Associate Pastor at Winner Chapel International Dallas, Karen is also an advisory council board member of MM Consulting and a Management Consultant with Inspight Inc.
Ms. Jolly Kahunde, a philanthropist and a children’s activist, is based in Dallas Texas. Ms. Kahunde has been in the healthcare industry for the past 9 years. Ms. Kahunde has always had a heart for helping those in need and her time in healthcare has heightened the heart of helping and giving back.
Ms.Kahunde has been active member in the Ugandan American Association of Greater Dallas/Fort Worth (UAA Greater DFW) organization since she joined the community over ten years ago up-to-date. She took her philanthropic heart to another level and founded an organization for less and under privileged children of Uganda.
Ms. Kahunde Is the Founder and Vice President of Malayika Rescue Missions (MRM). A 501c3 not for profit organization centered around providing education and healthcare for children deprived of opportunity in order to help them become productive members of their societies. This organization has sent over 30 children to school with all requirements. MRM has provided HIV counseling, proper nutrition and other basic needs to the scholars that have affected by the virus. Ms. Kahunde is also a member of Mid- Cities Pacesetters Rotary Club, that is based on the core values of lending a hand to surrounding communities and its people such as food drives and other community services.
She is strongly passionate about giving back and serving her community with different organizations in varying capacities.
Native of Rwanda, Frank has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the Indiana University South Bend. After graduating he relocated to Dallas where he worked as a quality control manager for Nescon Services Inc. Frank has been in the forefront in promoting trade between US and Rwanda and has traveled extensively to establish trade relations. Frank is co-owner and vice president of Niza LTD an international corporation that primarily focuses on real estate investment in Rwanda. He is also the owner of P and I Carrier LLC, a freight forward company that operates across USA and Canada. Frank is also active in the Dallas community and is the immediate former elected President of Rwanda American Community in Dallas/Fort worth. He currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and two children.
Alex Karundu is the Chief Risk Officer (CRO) and Managing Director of Seagate Holdings, LLC a Dallas, TX based company that is one of the largest African owned, Transportation and Logistics Company. In this capacity, he has lead his team through initiatives that are transforming Seagate Freight, an entity of the parent company, into a pioneer in the industry and creating employment for over 100 employs a sizable number of them being Kenyans.
Since 2013, Alex has been the Chairman of the Kenyan Advisory Council of Texas, which is the liaison office for all visiting Kenyan dignitaries, responsible for connecting them with local authorities and Diaspora living in specific cities of their interests. He has also helped his community raise funds for social needs, hosting new members of diaspora. Facilitating and connecting his people with legal services for adjusting their immigration status, partnering with other organizations to enhance unity and opportunities for all Kenyans living within our jurisdictions.
He also held positions in DHL Kenya and Windsor Golf and Country Club.
Alex holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies from Landmark College in Fort Worth, TX and is currently pursuing MBA concentrating in Urban Development.
Besides creating employment for drivers and independent contractors, I have found pride for the list of the achievements in:
- Hosted new families settling in our part of the Diaspora
- Organizes fundraisers for needy courses including but not limited to weddings, funerals and medical bills for relatives within and out of our borders
- Currently involved in Jane Mwangi Medical drives. Jane Mwangi is a Kenyan lady who was attacked and shot by thugs in Kariobangi Kenya and has been referred for special treatment in Baylor Medical Center in Dallas for the last one year. I recently organised a fund driver to send a departed Kenyan Lady, Charity Mugure, who died without known relatives or friends, settling a medical and funeral cost and not only sending the body back to Kenya to a distressed mother but gave her over 500,000 Kes, as part of the contributions.
As a corporate member with EACC, we have ensured Dallas remains the most attractive destination for Visiting dignitaries or Kenyans who are relocating and settling in the USA.
Laban Opande has over 18 years of leadership, management and executive experience in a unique combination garnered in a vast array of fields including law, business, technology, science, agriculture and the Environment. As an astute businessman and professional, he is constantly seeking ways to expand his business, and enhance his knowledge on relevant regulations, laws, technologies, techniques, policies and procedures. His thorough understanding of US local, state and federal laws has proven to be advantageous to both his business as well as his clients.
Mr. Opande earned his Associates degree in Applied Science from Houston Community College System in the year 1999, and a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Environmental Science from the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Texas Southern University (TSU) in the year 2001. In the year 2003, he enrolled for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program with a concentration in Global Management at the University of Phoenix before earning admission to the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at TSU in the year 2004. He graduated from the School of Law in the year 2007, and was certified to practice law in Texas by the Supreme Court of Texas in February of 2008. He is also licensed to practice Federal Law in the United States Federal Courts by the United States District Court, Southern District and Northern District of Texas. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, Texas Young Lawyers Association, and African Bar Association.
He serves on the boards of several for-profit organizations in the US, among them Kenya USA Diaspora SACCO, which is headquartered in Atlanta-Georgia, and where he serves as Chair – Supervisory and Advisory Committee, and Tumaini Investment Group (TIG) based in Dallas-Texas where he serves as a Legal Counsel. He also serves in the boards of several non-profit organizations including Houston-Texas based Kenyan Society in Houston (KENSHO), where he was Founding President and remains an advisor, Houston-Texas based Culturally Yours International (CYI) and Ohio based Gusii Educational Advancement Resource (GEAR).
Fareed retired as an IT Planning Manager following a 26-year career in Information Technology with Royal Dutch Shell Plc covering various positions of increasing responsibility in IT infrastructure and applications.
Fareed is the Board Chairman of the Sudanese American Public Affairs Association (SAPAA), a non-profit national organization of Sudanese Americans. Fareed also served on several non-profit projects in Sudan and South Sudan. He has been a speaker and leader in sharing industry trends and best practices across several business and non-profit communities.
Fareed obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Fareed was born Sudan, and is a fluent Arabic speaker and writer.