We are a small group of innovators,
scientists, experts and changemakers from four continents supporting one another to advance our mission.
jana V. Pinto
Executive director, Founder/ceo
Jana oversees all program design, implementation, training and research activities at Second Chance Africa (SCA). Jana holds a M.S. in Neuroscience, and is currently completing a doctoral program in Medicine at the University of Sydney, conducting neuroscience research and clinical trials to identify stress biomarkers in African refugees, and build evidence-base for SCA's new trauma intervention curriculum. She also holds clinical certifications from renowned trauma centers around the world, and a 12-year background that combines psychiatric research and working with multicultural traumatized populations due to war and other humanitarian emergencies across six continents.
Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor
Aimé Saba has worked in the field of international development, humanitarian assistance, peacebuilding and peacekeeping for more than 15 years. He recently served as a civilian peacekeeper with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in Monrovia and French news producer, editor and broadcaster at the UN Radio Station (UNMIL Radio) and has served on the Iraq desk of the Department of Political Affairs at the UN Secretariat HQ in New York. Aimé holds a MA in Conflict Resolution (Bradford, UK) and a BA (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations from the Australian National University. He recently completed a course (taught by Professor Jeffrey Sachs) on Sustainable Development Goals through the UN System Staff College and is an accredited Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. Aimé is currently part of the Australian Civilian Corps (ACC) Cadre with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a deployable pool of experts in humanitarian emergencies, stabilisation and recovery programmes in post-disaster areas.
Aimé brings to the team a good understanding of post-disaster contexts and a rich development planning, design, and implementation experience. He coordinates the International Strategy and Influence Team, advising on a range of issues directly relevant to the work of SCA such as Application of Do No Harm Principles in all our projects, advising on stakeholder engagement and management, advising on aspects of sustainability and ethics of local ownership and advising on operational risks, to ensure SCA’s policies, programmes and business operations are effectively met, while keeping an eye to the future and advising on growth opportunities for SCA.
Director of Innovation
Artur is a Brazilian entrepreneur with focus on innovation and technology. As a computer scientist, he develops web and app solutions based on human necessity to improve life and daily problems. As CEO of Butec Unlimited Innovation, he is responsible for building startups, scalable business models for their clients and provide entrepreneur training. At SCA, Artur assists building all innovative technology to enhance research, scalable treatment delivery, and optimizing the accuracy of project impact reports.
Clare Diane Harris
Clare is a medical doctor in her third postgraduate year with degrees in Health Sciences/Medicine and Surgery, and postgraduate mathematics specialization. She is currently taking time off from full-time clinical work, having been awarded a scholarship to study an MPhil in neuroscience at the Queensland Brain Institute. Clare brings to SCA a passion for neuroscience and for evidence-based charity work.
National Director/ health worker
Kupe provides direct input and supervision of all projects on the ground, liaison between the organization and the government, and directs the Liberian staff team with exceptional knowledge, wisdom and leadership. With 20 years of experience working with refugees and war trauma across three countries in the West African region during and post the Liberian civil war, Kupe maintains an optimistic nature and passion for intervention work with former child soldiers, inmates, gangs, and vulnerable children. Alongside Second Chance, Kupe also serves as the Mental Health General Secretary at the Liberian Coalition of Mental Health Services.
William is passionate about merging education and mental health. He provides clinical work and along with Kupe, he is a chair member at the Liberian Coalition of Mental Health Services, representing SCA in the local government. During the Liberian Civil War, he worked on the ADRA-UNHCR and Red Cross frontline as a refugee school principal in both Ghana and Ivory Coast refugee camps. At Second Chance, he introduced a literacy program to our former child soldier and combatant outreach project. His experience working with refugee children has guided much of our youth resiliency projects.
Kaba actively contributes to the development and cultural adaptation of curriculums for SCA while also facilitating our clinical projects. He identified the need to provide psychoeducation for nurses and doctors, and took the initiative to design and direct our hospital project in 2012-2013. Currently, he is a senior student at A.M.E. Zion University pursuing a bachelors degree in Social Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. Kaba's professional experience includes Street Child of Liberia where he identified vulnerable children, provided street counseling services, and wrote reports. He also worked as a project coordinator during the Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia, delivering safety supplies to Ebola affected homes, assisting with relocations, psychosocial support, and awareness workshops.
sankofa project coordinator
Isaac is the Sankofa Project administrator in Liberia. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and is currently preparing to pursue his master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in management. During his studies, Isaac was the Organizing secretary of the Students Representative Council of the university in 2015, while also working with ‘Our seeds tomorrow’ an NGO based in Atlanta, USA. In 2016, Isaac worked for the University of Liberia in the ICT Department and made a positive impact to the University.
Dehson is driven young professional currently in technical school pursuing a career in IT. He recently joined our team in 2016 in preparation to launching the Sankofa project. His responsibilities at SCA at include training and assisting the Liberian staff to use our Apps and digital plattaforms, troubleshooting, and assuring that all communication between teams runs smoothly during operations. We aim to sponsor Dehson through university, provide him leadership opportunities at SCA and resources to inspire and equip him to create strategies that will continuously enhance our impact via technology.
Ollie joined the team in 2017 as a project coordinator. His experience in the charity digital sector will help in the implementation of the app being specifically made for the Sanfoka project. Ollie also has experience working with refugees and asylum seekers in Israel and has worked to bring Israeli and Palestinian youth together. He has a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies and has a passion for international development in Africa.
Sophia has been working with Second Chance since July 2016. She is currently collaborating on the Sankofa project to deliver SCA’s trauma treatment to the first 500 beneficiaries, collect and analyse the data on the efficacy of this treatment. Sophia is a Bachelor of Commerce and Science Student at the University of Sydney, Account Manager at Stretch (a Sydney based start-up that provides safe car rides for kids) and President of The University of Sydney Effective Altruism Society. She is passionate about improving the world as much as she can. She is excited to have the opportunity to work on such a promising area with such inspiring people.
Chelsea Joined the Second Chance team in 2017 as an intern. She is currently studying psychology and aims to pursue a career career in international development with a specific focus on trauma and post-conflict psychology. She is currently assisting not the Sankofa project and brings to the team a passion for evidence-based practice, social justice, and humanitarian development.
Victoire joined the team in 2017 as an intern from Sydney University. Studying psychology and business she is bringing her passion for both disciplines to help fundraising for SCA and increase awareness of our organisation. She also helps coordinating the Sankofa Project data collection/analysis and Progress Report.
Cyrana Gallay joined the Second Chance team in 2017. She holds a Master’s of Science (MS) in Applied Cognition and Neuroscience from the University of Texas Dallas. She graduated in 2012 from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and French. Having worked extensively with refugee populations and ex-child soldiers through humanitarian relief organizations and while living in the Buduburum refugee camp, in Ghana, she became interested in the neural processes that underlie traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her research interests include neuroplasticity and cognitive reserve as a buffer for symptom onset, and how an accumulation of neural insults may render the brain more susceptible to cognitive decline, affective changes and other disorders, in the absence of overt neurological symptomology. In collaboration with SCA, she will be providing statistical analysis of trauma reduction programs, co-authoring SCA’s 2017 impact report, and assisting in the development of Liberia’s first neuroimaging center.
Board of Directors
Jana V. Pinto, President
Ruth Perry, Secretary
Sumo Kupe, Treasurer
William Siah, Chair
Artur Jeber, Chair