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Sylvester Renner

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Sylvester Renner loading drums of school supplies for the Develop Africa charity

Sylvester Renner (born 5 June 1965) is the founder and CEO of Develop Africa charity, IT manager at East Tennessee State University and the author of educational books. He was born in Sierra Leone and in 1988 he graduated from University of Sierra Leone, BA of English and French languages. In 1998 he graduated from Bowling Green State University as MBA in Information Technology.



Sierra Leone

After graduation Mr. Renner worked at RURCON/RUDERSERV in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, US based humanitarian agency helping in Africa. He also worked for the local non-profit organizations establishing food programs in Western Area, Southern and Eastern Provinces of Sierra Leone.

United States

From 1996 he studied an MBA program at the Bowling Green State University, Ohio, United States, with specialization on IT management. Since January 2004 he has been an IT manager of Library at Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, where he is a Vice President for Health Affairs at IT Governance Committee.

Develop Africa

In November 2005 he co-founded the Develop Africa charity and works as its managing director (president). For his efforts in the promotion of education he received African Achievers International Award. The same year he received the Humanitarian Service Award from National Organization of Sierra Leoneans in North America (NOSLINA). In 2015 UniversalGiving, San Francisco online non-profit organization, directed to Develop Africa charity the donation over $30,000 for a new Creating Pathways Center in Sierra Leone.

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