Som Kpante is currently a Fulbright scholar enrolled in the M.A. in International Relations program at New York University (GSAS 2016).
Komi Begedou (Ph.D. 2012, American Literature, Université de Lomé, Togo) is a faculty member at the Université de Lomé, Togo.
Prior to NYU, she worked at the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in Togo after having completed two Bachelor’s degrees: one in English Language at the University of Lome (Togo) and the other in Translation at the University of Legon in Accra (Ghana). Her love for development issues aroused in her the desire to pursue a Master’s degree in International Relations and to contribute to the advancement of the developing world in general and her country, Togo, in particular.
Som has been a member of and held leadership positions in several youth organizations including: Amnesty International/Togo; Former National Secretariat of the Association the Youth of the church; Former Chairperson of the Student Representative Council, University of Ghana; Former Member of the English Club of the University of Lome; Former Secretary of the student youth organization, GBU, at the University of Lome and in Lycee de Tokoin High School.
Inspired by this background, Som has always believed in young people and in giving each of them the chance to succeed in life. It is in this spirit of optimism that she co-founded her new venture ‘Jeunes Braves’ which aims to educate young people in general and girls in particular about the risks related to cross-generational relationships. Jeunes Braves will impact the lives of thousands of girls and young people in Togo.
He is an Assistant Professor of American Literature and Culture in the Department of English. After earning two Bachelor’s degrees in English and Education, he completed a Master’s degree in American literature before defending his Ph.D in the same field.
In 2006, Dr. Begedou was awarded a scholarship that allowed him to take courses in teaching at the University of Education Winneba (Ghana). In 2010, Dr. Komi Begedou took part in the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars funded by the U.S Department of State and hosted by New York University. He visited MA, NH, AZ and DC to experience the diverse culture of the United States. He was hosted by Texas State University from August 2014 to May 2015 as a Fulbright Research Scholar. During his stay, he attended and presented at conferences and meetings in SC, IN, AL, and LA. His research interests include: African American literature, child protection, comparative studies (African literature and African American literature), and gender studies.
Dr. Begedou has a rich background in social work. He worked as Child Protection Specialist with Compassion International Togo for three years. He is currently overseeing Bible studies in 20 secondary schools in Lome, the capital city of Togo. He is a founding member of two associations (Groupe Excellence and Christian Fellowship) which promote the holistic development of young people in Togo. His passion for the welfare of vulnerable youth led him to co-found a new venture, “Jeunes Braves,” which aims to educate young girls on the risks associated with dating older men, to reduce teenage pregnancy, and incidence of HIV/AIDS in Togo. Begedou has served as a guest speaker at various national as well as international meetings on topics related to youth. He has been invited on several occasions to appear on National Television in Togo to share his experience about his work with young people. His motto is: “dream big and dare to fail.”