Aliesha Balde

Aliesha Baldé is a systems & business strategist, and a startup ecosystem builder based in Silicon Valley.  She has worked extensively with early stage companies as both a team member and consultant. Her expertise lies in business development, business strategy, project management, packaging, systems creation and implementation, and entrepreneurial ecosystem development.

Prior to her work at BIAYA Consulting, Aliesha worked as an Associate at a Silicon Valley based advisory practice for African technology companies, and as the Communications Manager for LIONS@FRICA, a U.S. State Department initiative to encourage and enhance Africa’s innovation ecosystems. In these roles, Aliesha worked with government and private sector stakeholders to facilitate capacity building, business, and investment engagements across Africa.

Chinwe Ohanele

Chinwe Ohanele is an astute business-legal strategist and attorney. She has worked extensively on frameworks necessary to support Pan-African media initiatives and creative entrepreneurship. She oversaw the restructuring, rebranding, and repositioning of an online digital magazine examining the varied experiences of African diaspora. Additionally, Ms. Ohanele has consulted with various Nigerian entertainment and media stakeholders around best practices and policies necessary for de-risking investments in an uncertain market.

Prior to joining BIAYA Consulting, Ms. Ohanele practiced as an insurance defense attorney, during which time she successfully defended against a multi-million dollar, multi-injury liability suit.


Seun Babalola Temp Photo

Oluwaseun Babalola is a filmmaker and entrepreneur. she’s worked in branded digital content with companies such as PBS, Yahoo!, Macy’s, IBM, Conde Nast and Blackrock, before venturing into television & film production as Director of Photography and Producer. recent work takes her abroad, producing projects in Haiti, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Kenya , Ghana, Nigeria, ivory coast, and spain. Her directorial debut, “ṢOJU,” is a documentary series showcasing the diversity in youth culture and entrepreneurship across Africa. It won “Best Documentary” at Black Cinema Chicago’s Afrofuturism festival, Best achievement in Short Documentary at SVAFF, and has screened globally, including Columbia University, The Film Society at Lincoln Center, and African Arts Foundation in Nigeria. Her initiatives within Africa has also placed her as a 2017 co-hort of Global startup Ecosystems’ Africa Digital Accelerator.

In addition to BIAYA Consulting, oluwaseun owns a production company that creates authentic stories from marginalized voices across the globe.