Amigos de Sierra Leona (ADSL) is a registered charity organization based in Spain. It was founded in 2010, with a membership comprising of both Sierra Leoneans and other nationals (friends of Sierra Leone) with a common goal: to provide assistance of various kinds that contributes to improving the living conditions of the people of Sierra Leone. We work to promote education, health and food security, scholarships, school feeding programmes and sending general medical supplies.
ADSL is a volunteer based organization, none of our board members receive salary or any form of stipend, this way more than 95% of your donations reach the beneficiaries.
Susan Cole - President
Susan Cole holds a Masters degree in Education from CEU San Pablo University, Madrid, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Languages and Linguistics (Birkbeck, University of London). She is a fully qualified TEFL teacher. Her experiences include stints with blue chip financial services firms in London and a multinational telecommunications company in Spain. She brings versatility from both the corporate and academic world and is very comfortable in a culturally-diverse environment, having lived in Africa, the United Kingdom and Spain. She is a founding member and was President of Mammy Yoko Association, a UK-based charity that focuses in helping women and children in Sierra Leone.
Abdul Karim Mansaray - Vice President
Abdul Karim Mansaray is a senior petroleum geoscientist working with Repsol Exploration in Madrid. He has over 15 years working experience, more than 10 years oil and gas exploration. He has authored/co-authored several scientific papers and received the award for best presentation in the Offshore West Africa Conference, 2014. He previously worked as Field Manager for “Feed the Children Int, Sierra Leone” where his role included field management and implementation of humanitarian projects. He also served in various senior voluntary positions (such as Deputy District Youth Director) in the Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone. Abdul holds a BSc (Hon) in Geology (University of Sierra Leone), MSc in Geoscience (Herriot-Watt University) and MSc in International Management of Oil & Gas (University of Liverpool).
Idriss Fuad Bangura - Secretary
Idriss Fuad Bangura currently works for DHL and is president of their workers union. He is a humanitarian and activist and actively involved in helping the needy. He is also founding member and president of "Asociación Identidad Y Cultura Africana" (AICA) that works to bridge the gap between the different African cultures and the Spanish culture.
Kadiatu Mansaray - Treasurer
Kadiatu Mansaray is a qualified “English as a Foreign Language” teacher,
currently working as a freelance giving classes in various multinational firms as well as language schools in Madrid. She is also a trained Nurse and holds a Diploma in Nursing (National
School of Nursing SL) and an Advanced Diploma in HIV/AIDS Prevention (College of Veneral Disease, London). She previously worked as a State Enrolled Nurse in Sierra Leone and an HIV/AIDS
counselor preparing HIV testing candidates for the results to be expected and counseling them on how to live “positively” once they test positive for HIV. She
currently serves voluntarily as coordinator for one of the Sunday School classes in Immanuel Baptist Church, Madrid.
Nacho Otero de Irizar - Member at Large
Nacho Otero currently works as a Director for the Carlton Group (Real Estate Investment Bank) based in Madrid and he has more than 15 years of real estate and corporate finance experience in Spain, Portugal and other countries. Most recently, Nacho was Deputy Managing Director of a Spanish real estate listed company and he has previously worked for ING Real Estate, Deutsche Bank Investment Banking and Merrill Lynch, in Madrid and London.
Dr. Ignacio Otero Tejero - Member at Large
Dr Ignacio Otero Tejero is a Urological surgeon with more than 35 years experience. he is attached to the Urology Services department of the “Hospital General Universitario de Guadalajara” and an Associate Professor of Urology in the faculty of medicine at the University of Alcalá de Henares.