Beni Dedieu Luzau
is the Founder and Executive Director of RAN.
He was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and lived in Uganda, Kenya, and Belgium before moving to the United States. Before founding RAN, he worked with advocacy groups for an end to the sexual abuse of women and girls in the DRC, and was Coordinator of Amnesty International Uganda Structure in 2001. He became a naturalized citizen in May 2015.
Dr. Leslie R. Hinkson, PhD
is the Director of Strategies and Resource Acquisition for RAN. She works to secure grant funding for RAN’s various services and develop strategies as to how RAN can approach its expansion. A native of Brooklyn, New York, she has crunched numbers for both Goldman Sachs and taught children for Teach for America. She is currently a professor of African American Studies and Sociology at Georgetown University.
Mr. Nana K. Gyan
is our Director of Communication and Public Relations. He was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa and received his education in both Ghana and the U.S. He attended Virginia State University where he received his BS in Marketing, starting his own business, focusing on other small businesses as well as talent and athletic management. He has assisted and encouraged underprivileged kids in developing countries and communities to reach their goals to become leaders in sports and in society. Mr. Gyan currently works as a case manager in the District of Columbia where he works helps families receiving public benefits to achieve employment, education, and self-sufficiency.
Mr. Safo Agyemang is our Director for Policy and Advocacy. A career public servant, he has over ten years of experience servicing several underserved populations, including the youth and those with developmental and mental disabilities. Mr. Agyemang attended The University of Florida where he attained his Bachelors of Arts in Criminology and also holds a Masters of Science in International Affairs from Florida State University. He gained his passion to help others growing during his early childhood years. He served as a firsthand witness to extreme, global poverty and the forced migration of peoples within Nigeria, Togo, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and other nations in West Africa. He currently serves as a Diversion Coordinator with the Government of The District of Columbia’s Department of Human Services. (DHS)