Mame Madia Thiam is passionate about local development, education and photography. She hopes to contribute to the development of a peaceful and prosperous Africa through the elimination of violence and promotion of education. Her work experience in Senegal includes involvement with Empire des Enfants, a centre for street children, and internships at various non-profit organizations, including the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa. Mame is an African Leadership Academy alumna and a MasterCard Foundation scholar. She graduated recently with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree from Quest University Canada in British Columbia. Her self-designed major explored questions on how to effectively facilitate development, and her thesis bridged local and global contexts.