Sr. Africa Representative & Deputy Bahamas Response Director Mercy Corps


Jamila White is an International Development Specialist, Humanitarian, and Pan Africanist with more than 12 years of experience managing, designing, implementing multi-million dollar complex donor funded agriculture/agribusiness, economic growth, ICT, and emergency response programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Before starting her career in development, Jamila obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Hampton University and a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Economic Development and International Affairs, from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Jamila, a native of the DMV, started her journey in international development after studying abroad in Senegal her sophomore year of college and has spent the majority of her career living in West Africa working on development initiatives in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali, Ghana, Guinea, and Nigeria for both the private sector and INGOs. Her most rewarding and humbling  experience was being an Ebola fighter where she managed the National Ebola Response Call Center in Sierra Leone which was the first leg of the response and a first responder in the Bahamas working on Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery. Jamila designed and helped raise $2Million dollars to support economic recovery for micro, small, and medium sized enterprises affected by the storm.

Jamila is the Senior Africa Representative for Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is an global social impact organization who partner with communities, corporations and governments to transform lives around the world by alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression to help people build secure, productive and just communities.  Jamila helps drive implementation of Mercy Corps Africa’s strategy to: Champion and Empower the Young African Leader and co-chairs Mercy Corps DC based People of Color Affinity Group.

Jamila is the co- founder of the Geraldine N. Coleman “a Seat at the Kitchen Table” College Scholarship Fund (a family fund she created to honor the legacy of her late grandmother who championed women's rights, education, and economic freedom), a fellow with the Aspen Institute International Career Advancement Program (ICAP), ICAP Alumni Association Board Member. Board Advisor at the Africa Summit, Co-Chair of the Society for International Development's Young Professional Network where she uses her platform to increase the equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the industry by hosting discussions and events focused on #metoo, LGBTQI and sexual minorities, young professionals breaking into the industry, and racial diversity in foreign affairs. In addition, Jamila is a volunteer mentor with College  Bound, Strategic Advisor for One World Exchange, Atlas Corps Volunteer, and works with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to develop the next pipeline of Black leaders in International Development and Affairs. Starting in the Fall 2020, Jamila will join Morgan State University as an adjunct faculty in the School of Political Science. 

Jamila resides in Washington D.C. and enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, the Arts, meditation, shopping, and decorating in her free time.



Director for Caribbean Affairs, ARIN

Mr. Bevil Wooding is the Director for Caribbean Affairs with the American Registry for Internet Numbers, ARIN. He works closely with ARIN’s community in the Caribbean and is responsible for strengthening and managing ARIN’s relationship with the region’s governments, regulators and technical community.

Mr. Wooding serves in an advisory capacity to several Caribbean governments and regional institutions, including the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on digital transformation, education, cybersecurity and the digital economy. He has also serves as Executive Director of APEX, the Caribbean agency for justice technology solutions, since it establishment by the CCJ in 2017.


Bevil is the co-founder and chair of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG) and the Caribbean Peering and Interconnection Forum (CarPIF), both volunteer communities dedicated to computer network security and management best practices. In 2013, LACNIC conferred him its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to Internet development in Latin America and the Caribbean. 



Center for Sustainable Development and Resilience in University of the District of Columbia

Dr. Kamran Zendehdel is the Assistant Director of Center for Sustainable Development and Resilience in College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). He obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Decision Making from Ghent University in Belgium. Dr. Zendehdel is currently working on Urban Resilience and Sustainability including green infrastructure, urban agriculture and entrepreneurship. He leads several urban entrepreneurship and sustainability research grants. He also teaches Environmental Sustainability courses at UDC. Prior to joining UDC, he worked as an Environmental Scientist at Tetra Tech Inc. in Fairfax, Virginia, where he managed the Chesapeake Bay nonpoint source pollution control project. Prior to his Ph.D. work, he worked for more than 7 years as a Natural Resources Conservation Expert in Forest Service. 

Dr. Zendehdel research interests the application of community-based decision making in environmental sustainability in particular where people and policy makers’ interests intersect.