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Making and promoting variety

We already include roughly 450 active members in a continuously strong-waxing network.

In 2014, Adan was founded by an initiative of young ambitious student with African roots in Frankfurt am Main. The goal? Making and promoting diversity in German society. Meanwhile, our network counts about 450 active members and grows continuously. The Adan is an inclusive network of afrodenutschen and african-tested students, professionals, trainees and academics that a differentiated image of African continent, Africans and Afrodenutschen wants to convey. Adan is a German network unique network that brings together students, professionals and companies / organizations. We offer our members a platform for making contacts with companies and organizations, promoting personal and professional development as well as active influence on topics the Black People of Color (BPOC) and the African Diaspora concern. Adan members have the opportunity to gain useful experience through their volunteer work by engaging and implementing and implementing their own ideas in our versatile projects. Project management, communication skills, strategic planning, event organization and intercultural competences are just a few of many skills, you can acquire with us and successfully apply them successfully in your professional life.

We do that

Through different offers and events, as Adan we contribute to creating a differentiated image of Afrodenutsche, Africans and the African continent. At the same time, we make a variety of diversity visible in our German society. Through regular activities, such as our Get-Together, workshops or our career fair, we offer a platform for exchange and networking. Adan members and Africa interested students, professionals, apprentices and academics have the opportunity to participate in different events. An overview of our activities / formats and the next appointments in your area can be found here.

Adan CEO

Cornelius Steele

“Adan takes a key role in dialogue between people with and without immigration history. The highly motivated members of the association are volunteering and actively involved in the design of German society. As a result, they make a valuable contribution to strengthening integrative processes. We are convinced that through our work, we have positively influenced the life realities of many people. “

Cornelius Steele has been as a member since the founding of the association. In 2018 he joined the Executive Board and took over the office of the CEO in October 2019. In addition to this function, he is responsible for the finances of the association.He studied International Relations and International Political Economics in London. After his career entry as Assistant Vice President at a major bank in London, he moved to Zurich in the office of the Board President of the Bank. Following this activity, he completed a MBA in general management with study attention in China, India and the USA. He is currently working as an authorized manager of a German world market leader in the northern Rhineland-Palatinate.

ADAN Vorstand und Gründer

Alhaji Allie Bangura

“To empowers BPOC with a network and give them access to commonly sealed doors drives me in my actions.”
As the initiator of the Afro German Academician Network, Alhaji Allie Bangura has been active in the club since day one. He is responsible for events and cooperations. Allie (such a call name) has studied political science in Darmstadt and then completed a Master in International Business and Politics at the Queen Mary University of London. He started with a Trainee in Structured Finance at a large bank in Frankfurt am Main, where he worked as a Relationship Manager for Financial Institutions in Africa. Meanwhile, he is active in an impact asset manager in the area of Investor Relations in Frankfurt. Allies roots lie in Sierra Leone and he is happy to work with African art in his free time.

ADAN Vorstand

Jonas Tesfai

“I still remember very well with our first meeting, where we have decided on the founding of the association. At that time, like today, the combination of Panafricanism, inclusiveness and the bridge to Africa convinced me. Our previous successes already speak for themselves and are motivating. Nevertheless, there is a lot to do and I am looking forward to the forthcoming challenges. “

Since the baseline was founded, Jonas Tesfai is the board of the association. He already had different positions in the club. In the current term of office, he is responsible for Human Resources.Jonas studied industrial engineering with specializing in mechanical engineering at the TU Darmstadt. As part of his studies, he completed foreign stations in France and Eritrea. His entry into professional life he found as a trainee in the service of measurement and analysis technology in a leading international technology company. He is currently working as Area Market Manager for the Middle East and Africa regions and Northern Europe. Jonas is a native Saarlander and comes from Eritrea.

ADAN Vorstand

Marie Bernhard

“Adan is more than just a network of like-minded people: It offers inspiration, exciting exchange with Afrodenutschen and enriches us all in a variety and personal way. Through our work, we pave young people away, which we used to be able to quickly break even under hurdles. These hurdles disappear and thus closer to a truly inclusive society, motivates me every day. “

Marie Bernhard has been a member of Adan since March 2019. First, she led the regional group Berlin before she became part of the board in October 2019. Since then, she has been responsible for the communicative activities of the association.Marie is native Düsseldorferin with roots in Gambia. She has completed her bachelor in English and political science at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. As part of their master’s program of the English Studies at the University of Potsdam, she spent a semester abroad at London South Bank University. Already as a student she worked as a freelancer in various editors of different newspapers. Their first career steps made them as PR trainee in the corporate communication of an international media and technology company in Berlin. Afterwards she worked there as Manager Corporate Media as part of internal communication. She is currently working on Public Affairs as a senior speaker for a large mobility service provider in the capital.

ADAN Vorstand

Semret Haile

“The personal development of each individual through events for the young generation as well as the exchange between Afrodenutschen promote and to experience, are the aspects that inspire and motivate me in my work.”

Since November 2018 Semret Haile is a member of the Adan. Prior to its executive; since October 2020, she had the management of the regional group Frankfurt. In their role as board, it is responsible for the events area. Semret has studied industrial engineering at the Technical University in Darmstadt industrial engineering. As part of a study stay in USA as well as AXD Fellow in Accra, she was already able to collect foreign experience. Currently she is employed as a trainee in underwriting at an international insurance company in Munich. As a child Eritreischer parents, Semret has grown up in Frankfurt am Main, where she is the initiator and organizer of the African Open Mic Night Frankfurt.

Regional groups and community manager

Info and contact details


Community Manager: Kevin Owusu, Justina Obey


Community Manager: Pelumi Olusanya, Sarah Ntemo Kudikila


Community Manager: Esau Ghirmai, Sophie Akhibi


Community Manager: Mandy Metz, Tobe Duru


Community Manager: Christophe Twagiramungu


Community Manager: Kwame Baompong, Alida Gnamba


Community Manager: Hannibal Kassa, Thomas Tesfazghi

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is advisable by the diverse and profound expertise from different industries and knowledge to the association in strategically relevant topics advisory.
  • Vuyiswa M'Cwabeni

  • Dr. Rüdiger Litten

  • Prinz Dr. Asfa-Wosen Asserate

  • Thomas Kraneis