Djénéba Gory is a social entrepreneur. She co-founded Suadela, an organization that aims to increase young women’s and girls’ power by building their negotiation skills. Suadela seeks to give young women and girls the tools to advocate for their needs, specifically in contexts where girls are at high risk of dropping out of school, becoming teenage mothers or being married against their will.
The COVID-19 crisis has reinforced gender inequalities and put pressure on girls’ and women’s already low bargaining power. At the Carr Center, Gory will explore how digital platforms can be used in innovative ways to teach negotiation skills through an experiential learning environment. She hopes that from these digital platforms, young women and girls will acquire the tools necessary to advocate for their right to education and health.
Gory is also a Human Development & Gender Consultant at the World Bank. Before joining Harvard, she worked as a financial auditor, specializing in humanitarian and development settings, for eight years, of which three were spent in Africa covering 15+ countries. She also has extensive experience working and volunteering with women’s organizations in countries experiencing conflict, including Mali, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gory is a graduate of the MPA program of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she focused her studies on education policy and gender equality. She also holds a Masters in Auditing and Consulting from ESCP Europe and a Bachelor of Business Administration from INSEEC Bachelor in France.