Jean Marie KouassiFounder/Executive Director       
Jean Marie Kouassi is currently founder and Executive Director of Palms Solutions. Chair of the Sports committee at the Mayor’s Commission for African and Caribbean Affairs, Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the city of Philadelphia, Independent Consultant at the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AFDB) and the Women Campaign International, and a guest Lecturer at the University of PENN. He has more than ten years of experience in global policy, economic development, and capacity building.

Prior, Mr. Kouassi was a Business Development Analyst with PNC Bank. He then served as International Director for the Group Servimex (International Trade and Remittances company), where he successfully extended the organization’s market through Africa into France and Italy. Kouassi served as a representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, for the Group of Research and Actions for the Social Being. 
Additionally Mr. Kouassi consulted at both the World Bank where he worked at bridging the West African Diaspora to the socioeconomic development of their Homeland, and at UNICEF where he consulted in the Managerial Leadership case studies. In collaboration with Women Campaign International, he led the Penn student trips to Malawi and Mali, and successfully spearheaded the design of the African First Ladies empowerment Initiative program – funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. He was also invited last May 2016 in Berlin, (Germany), to help design and develop social policies, aiming at expanding the concept of cultural diplomacy in our academic institutions.
Furthermore, he is the recipient of the Global Ambassador Award from Women campaign international, for my contribution in the wellbeing of the African immigrant women and children in Philadelphia; The Peace Warrior Award from the City of Philadelphia, for strengthening the bridge between immigrant communities and Philadelphia through strategic partnerships, and academic institutions; A citation from City council, recognizing him as a pioneer for the use of sports as cultural diplomacy; And an Award from the Cultural Diplomacy Bureau in Berlin, for his contribution in building peace through cultural diversity.

Mr. Kouassi is a graduate from both, the School of Social Policy and Practice, and the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania; He is fluent in both English and French and knowledgeable in German.

Katharine Beals, PhD, Deputy Director                                                
Katherine Beals is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and the School of Education at Drexel University. She is an expert in teaching English as a second language and trends in math and technology instruction. She is the author of
Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World”, and the creator of Grammar Trainer, software that teaches English grammar through words and pictures.

Ahema Asare, MBAProgram and Grants Manager                                                                                     Ahema Asare is the Director of Grants Management at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Her role is to manage the grant’s portfolio and direct personnel in all phases of the grants program. Ms. Asare has previously served as Director of Programs for the PA/DE Valley Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, and a health care consultant for Deloitte Consulting.

Ajar Quevi, MSPublic Relations, National Director (USA)
Ajar Quevi is founder of both the Togolese Community in Minnesota and American Togolese Community. The organizations provide social services and informational resources to Togo communities in Minnesota and the United States. His areas of expertise include community mobilizing, economic development, and health education among immigrant populations. Mr. Quevi’s efforts with the Togolese community have given rise to the West African Collaborative and the Pan African Summit initiatives.

Zeineb AnouarDirector of Capacity Building                                                                                                Zeineb Anouar, focuses on strengthening Palms Solutions by developing and advancing organizational goals as well as facilitating strategic partnerships with local service agencies, non-profits, and academic institutions. Her unique view on creating successful community-organizational partnerships and educational background has inspired her to lead such initiatives. She is excited to use her innovative strategic skills and experience to further Palms Solutions’ impact domestically and globally.

Feuzeu Y. JacquinoWest Africa Regional Director of Sports and Culture Diplomacy     
In his position, Raymond Feuzeu focuses on strengthening the diplomatic and social relationships among African communities in the U.S, and bridging the gaps between our host country and immigrant local organizations, through sports and cultural activities. As former president of the Cameroonian association of Philadelphia, Raymond played an important role in the creation the Philadelphia-Douala Sister city resolution, after successfully mitigating the complexities of cultural, structural, institutional, and societal challenges related to the project. He is a strong advocate for the respect of the inherent worth of each individual from all races, ethnic backgrounds, gender identity or expression, religions, and brings  many years of diversity and inclusion experience.                                                                                                        

Miranda Alexander, Caribbean Regional Director of Sports and Culture Diplomacy         
Miranda is a social entrepreneur with diasporic connection to the Caribbean through Caribbean Community in Philadelphia. Her grassroots organization, UROC of Philadelphia, spearheads this subsidiary program.  She is from Trinidad and Tobago and performs community service to her community in Philadelphia and in her Trinidad Community of Carenage.
 Through education, health, culture and sports, she strengthens the community, while using her networking platform to build capacity between immigrant communities, particularly African, Caribbean and African American communities of color.  She is actively involved in Caribbean American Heritage Month (June), both locally in Philadelphia and in Washington DC. She’s an active member of Amnesty International, Philadelphia Chapter. The Arts & Culture co-chair of the Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs and a member of AFRICOM. She continues to consult with many groups and organizations providing many human and social services redistribution.