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Sierra Leone’s Sidi Saccoh joins AstroLabs as Program Manager

Sierra Leone’s Sidi Saccoh, an operation strategist, Programs Manager, Mobilisation expert and Entrepreneur currently based in the United Kingdom has joined AstroLabs as Program Manger

Sidi Saccoh joins the AstroLabs as Program Manger in Dubai where he will be supporting entrepreneurs through multiple acceleration, incubation and market entry programs in and out of the MENA REGION moving from his position with the global entrepreneurship ecosystem builder Seedstars.

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Sidi Saccoh made this announcement on his social media platform announcing that He has moved on from his role at Seedstars to join AstroLabs.

Taking on his social media, he said

“Entrepreneurship, tech and innovation are the bedrock of my very being. Being able to serve in the capacity to help support entrepreneurs is something I find overly exciting, especially since am an entrepreneur myself. As a result, I have had the privilege to work with some of the most amazing professionals in my journey.

Leaving an extraordinary team behind to take on a new challenge is always a bitter-sweet experience. On this note, I am announcing that I have moved on from my role at Seedstars to join AstroLabs.

In my new role at AstroLabs, I am based in their Dubai office. As part of the programs team, I will continue to support entrepreneurs through multiple acceleration, incubation and market entry programs in and out of the MENA REGION. “

 

AstroLabs is the largest tech ecosystem builder for the MENA region, enabling the growth of companies through market entry & expansion services, capability-building programs and a specialized talent recruiting practice.

The company also operates vibrant co-working spaces in Dubai and Riyadh that served as soft landing offices for many companies expanding to the region.

Sidi Saccoh is an operation strategist, Programs Manager, Mobilization expert and Entrepreneur who has worked and executed projects on both national and international levels.

Sidi is the founder and lead strategist of InvestMe SL (Organizers of the seedstars world competition in Freetown, Sierra Leone), Sidi and Co (A consultancy that focuses on providing technical support on the entrepreneurship ecosystem building, organizational leadership development etc). He also Co-founded and lead the operations of Mentor X-Africa- a mentorship enhancement platform with a presence in more than 30 countries currently in stealth mode.

Sidi has had the privileged to give high-level talks and grace major international platforms including but not limited to the 2020 African summit at Warwick University, Nigerian Society Inaugural ball and dinner, The Economic Society of Sierra Leone conference etc

Sidi has been a Mentor at the Africa Development Bank AfricaVsVirus Challenge, sit on the Panel of distinguished judges of Hacking COVID-19 Africa, for the Hacking COVID-19 Committee supported By HEC PARIS (France oldest business School), Judge at the African Business Heroes Award (Jack Ma’s Foundation), Mentor and Coach Cordaid SL and more.

He is a board member for multiple organisations and including an investment fund and an investment readiness company.

Sidi also lends his thoughts through his many articles on issues of entrepreneurship, leadership, tech, and innovation. And recently co- authored the “Startup to Growth- a comprehensive guide”, he has had his articles and work read by more than 500,000 people.

Sidi is always happy to speak to entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts and can be reached at www.sidi-saccoh.com

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Sallu Kamuskay

Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below http://ayvnewspaper.com/index.php/k2-categories/item/7350-america-stress-a-hero-to-recognize. Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.

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