Asfaha Hadera

Mr. Hadera brings a deep commitment to community organizing and public advocacy on the social and public health issues facing immigrants and refugees. He experienced first-hand the realities of refugee life, leaving his home country of Ethiopia in 1977 for refugee camps in the Sudan, before emigrating to the U.S. in 1979.

Asfaha founded the organization known as the Committee to Aid Ethiopian Refugees in May of 1981, which evolved to become African Services Committee in 1993. As Co-Executive Director, Mr. Hadera has been recognized by many political, social and public health institutions as a major influence behind the oldest and largest African health services organization in the United States. The organization serves over 10,000 African and Diaspora clients each year through its Harlem-based health and social services programs. Under his leadership, African Services Committee has developed operations in Africa and established a groundbreaking HIV testing and care programs in thiopia, providing free VCT services to over 30,000 people per year.

Asfaha’s vision has motivated African Services Committee to collaborate with a variety of other African community-based organizations in the U.S. and Africa to further democratization and human rights. He is a 2004 winner of the Emigrant Foundation Award and recipient of the 2005 Ronald Reagan Gold Medal. Asfaha is an Executive Committee Member of the NAACP. He has been recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus for his successful advocacy for increased African refugee resettlement quotas in the U.S. He also received a proclamation from the New York City Council for outstanding service to the community. He was trained in social work at Adelphi University and has a diploma in child developmental psychology. Asfaha speaks Amharic and Tiggriggna, in addition to English.

Kim Nichols

As Co-Executive Director, Ms. Nichols is responsible for program development; grant writing and fundraising; policy initiatives; and staff recruitment and supervision. She has a wealth of experience in community health programs design, development, implementation, and evaluation. Her policy interests include development of NGO capacity for HIV/AIDS programming and debt cancellation in impoverished nations as a source of funding for HIV/AIDS control efforts.

Kim has been involved in both New York City and global AIDS advocacy for the past 20 years and has served on many panels and committees to advance information about the HIV-related needs of African communities. She has been involved in fundraising and guiding charitable and development-oriented responses to HIV and other health crises in Africa for more than 25 years, and has worked for OXFAM and the Pan American Health Organization, conducting microbiological research in tropical public health.

Kim represents African Services Committee on the UNITAID Board of Directors as NGO alternate board member. She also currently serves on the steering committee of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program of the New York State Department of Health. Previously, she was the North American NGO delegate on the UNAIDS programme coordinating board and served on the communities delegation to the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

While at African Services, Kim received her Masters of Public Health from Columbia University focusing on the epidemiology of infectious disease. She also has a ScM from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in biochemistry and an MS from the New England School of Acupuncture. A U.S. native, Ms. Nichols speaks Spanish and English.

Adama Traore

Ms. Traore is the Navigation to Care Coordinator at African Services providing health education and HIV prevention counseling, referral to testing and other services, and medical interpretation for immigrants through street and community contacts. She also conducts provides medical interpretation at the prenatal clinic at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. Prior to joining African Services, she was a sales agent in a sightseeing company and a receptionist at the Touba Mbake Gallery. In Paris, Ms. Traore assisted West African immigrants with translation services and escort to medical appointments. She has a diploma in administrative assistance and bookkeeping from Belgium. Ms. Traore is originally from Mali and speaks Bambara, Mandingo, Malenke, French and English.

Aida Diallo-Diagne

Since 2002, Ms. Aida Diallo-Diagne has been helping clients living with HIV/AIDS obtain permanent housing and coordinating their HIV care as ASC’s HOPWA Housing Program Director. She also facilitates African Services' client advisory board. Before joining African Services, Aida spent 15 years in the international travel business, with Nouvelles Frontieres, GO Voyages Inc, also holding the position of Eastern District Manager for Wings of the World, Inc. She has completed university coursework in Senegal, France and graduated in the United States from City College of New York with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in tourism studies. Aida is a long-time resident and active member of the Harlem community. Aida is particularly interested is enhancing communication and understanding between the African immigrant and African American communities. Originally from Senegal, Aida speaks French, Wolof, English and some Portuguese.