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About us

The Society

About us


Making and promoting variety

We already have over 300 active members and continues to grow.

In 2014, ADAN was founded as an initiative of young ambitious students with African roots in Frankfurt am Main. The goal? To make diversity visible and promote it in German society. Since then, our network has more than 300 active members and continues to grow. ADAN is an inclusive network of Afro-German students, professionals, trainees and academics interested in Africa, which aims to convey a positive image of the African continent, Africans and Afro-Germans.

ADAN is a unique network that is active in German-speaking countries and brings together students, professionals and companies, as well as organisations. We provide a platform for our members to connect with companies and organisations for personal and professional development and to actively influence issues affecting BPoC and the African Diaspora in Germany and abroad.


ADAN members have the opportunity to gain useful experience through their voluntary work by getting involved in our diverse projects, and contributing and implementing their own ideas. Project management, communication skills, strategic planning, event organization and intercultural competences are just a few of the many skills you can acquire with ADAN and apply successfully in your professional life.

What we do

Through various formats and events, ADAN contributes to creating a positive image of Afro-Germans, Africans and the African continent. At the same time, we make diversity visible in our German society.


Through regular activities, such as our GetTogethers , workshops and career fair, we offer a platform for exchange and networking [LINK to subpages/descriptions of the individual formats]. ADAN members have the opportunity to participate in our various events and develop their own ideas into new initiatives. An overview of our formats and programs, as well as their next dates in your area can be found here: Calendar

ADAN Chief Executive Officer

Cornelius Steele

“ADAN plays a key role in the dialogue between migrant and non-immigrant people. The highly motivated members of the association engage themselves voluntarily and actively contribute to shaping German society. In this way, they make a valuable contribution to strengthening integrative processes. We are convinced that through our work we have a lasting positive influence on the realities of many people’s lives.”

Cornelius Steele has been a member of the association since its inception. In 2018, he joined the board and in October 2019 became chairman of the board. In addition to this role, he is responsible for the finances of the association.


Cornelius studied International Relations and International Political Economy in London. After starting his career as an assistant vice president at a major bank in London, he moved to Zurich to work in the office of the bank’s chairman of the board. Following this position, he completed an MBA in General Management with study visits to China, India and the USA. He currently works as an authorized signatory for a German global market leader.

ADAN Board Member and Founder

Alhaji Allie Bangura

“Empowering BPoC with a network and giving them access to usually closed doors drives me in what I do.”  

As the founder of the Afro German Academic Network, Alhaji Allie Bangura has been active in the association since day one. He is responsible for events and cooperations. Allie (as he is known) studied political science in Darmstadt and subsequently completed a Master’s degree in International Business and Politics at Queen Mary, University of London. He started with a traineeship in structured finance at a major bank in Frankfurt am Main, where he worked as a relationship manager for financial institutions in Africa. He now works in investor relations at an impact asset manager in Frankfurt. Allie’s roots are in Sierra Leone and in his spare time he enjoys African art.

ADAN Board Member

Jonas Tesfai

“I still remember very well our very first meeting where we decided to found the association. Then as now, the combination of Pan-Africanism, inclusivity as well as the bridge to Africa convinced me. Our successes so far already speak for themselves and are motivating. Still, there is much to do and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

Jonas Tesfai has been on the board of the association since its inception and has held various positions in the association’s history. In the current term of office, he is responsible for Human Resources.


Jonas studied industrial engineering with a specialization in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt. During his studies, he spent time abroad in France and Eritrea. He started his professional life as a trainee in the service department of measurement and analysis technology at a leading technology company. He is currently Area Market Manager for the Middle East, Africa and Northern Europe regions. Jonas was born in Saarland and comes from Eritrea.

ADAN Board Member

Marie Bernhard

“ADAN is more than just a network of like-minded people: It offers inspiration, exciting exchange with Afro-Germans and enriches us all in many different and personal ways. Through our work, we pave paths for young people that we ourselves were often only able to follow with hurdles. Making these hurdles disappear and thus coming closer to a truly inclusive society motivates me every day.”

Marie Bernhard has been a member of ADAN since March 2019. She initially led the Berlin regional group  as a community manager before becoming part of the board in October 2019. Since then, she has been responsible for the association’s communicative activities.

Marie is a native of Düsseldorf with roots in The Gambia. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. As part of her Master’s degree  at the University of Potsdam, she spent a semester abroad in London at London South Bank University. As a student, she worked as a freelancer in various editorial departments of different newspapers. She took her first professional steps as a PR trainee in the corporate communications department of an international media and technology company in Berlin. Subsequently, she worked there as Manager Corporate Media within the framework of internal communications. She currently works in the field of public affairs as a senior consultant for a large mobility service provider in the capital.

ADAN Board Member

Semret Haile

“Encouraging and witnessing the personal development of each individual through events for the younger generation as well as the exchange between Afro-Germans are the aspects that inspire and motivate me in my work.”

Semret Haile has been a member of ADAN since November 2018. Before joining the board in October 2020, she led the Frankfurt regional group as its community manager  . In her role as a board member, she is responsible for events.


Semret studied industrial engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt, specialising in mechanical engineering. She was able to gain experience abroad during a study visit to the USA and as an aXd Fellow in Accra, Ghana. She is currently employed as a trainee in underwriting at an international insurance company in Munich.


As a child of Eritrean parents, Semret grew up in Frankfurt am Main, where she is the initiator and organizer of the African Open Mic Night Frankfurt.

Regional Groups and Community Managers

Info and contact details


Community Manager: Malcolm Frazier, 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: Caroline Okoli


Community Manager: Kwame Baompong, Alida Gnamba


Community Manager: Hannibal Kassa, Thomas Tesfazghi


Community Manager: Tallulah Bär, Nafisa Sayid

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides the association with advice on strategically relevant topics through its diverse and profound expertise from different sectors and knowledge.

  • Vuyiswa M'Cwabeni

  • Dr. Rüdiger Litten

  • Prince Dr. Asfa-Wosen Asserate

  • Thomas Kraneis