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.


Board Members

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.