Mukarabe Lysiane Makinto Inandava, CEO & President

Mukarabe was born and raised in Burundi and has advocated for orphans and HIV/AIDS issues in Africa for more than 15 years. She is a highly in-demand certified interpreter for immigration issues in US courts and a motivational speaker.

Mukarabe holds a double Masters degree in Public and Health Administration from Portland State University in Oregon and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Bujumbura, Burundi. She is a former United Nations Volunteer in Madagascar and Liaison Officer for the United Nations World Food Program in Kenya during the Rwandan Genocide and Burundi’s civil strife of 1993-1994.

 

George Makinto, Chairman

George was raised in Germany and is of German and Liberian descent. He is currently pastor and worship leader at The Light Fellowship in Signal Hill, California. Makinto is also Founder and Director of Joyful Music & Arts, a music academy in Southern California. Makinto has toured the world as a musical recording artist and performer. In 2001, he  was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for peace and development by WAFUNIF, a UN agency, and has collaborated with several African governments to promote and encourage indigenous musical expression.

 

George and Mukarabe were part of the African Caucus at the UN Millennium Summit in May 2000 in New York City, and were instrumental in drafting the global civil society recommendations for a future UN policy, which was submitted to the assembly of heads of states during the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in September 2000.

Through AMI, George and Mukarabe organized the first International Prayer Day for Burundi on August 21, 2005. They are both ordained ministers.

 
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Anne Shen Smith

Anne recently retired as the chairman and chief executive officer of Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility.  Her 36 years career in the utility industry spanned a broad spectrum of leadership positions in strategic planning, environmental affairs, IT, human resources, customer service, operations, and communications.  

Over the years, Anne was appointed to several environmental policy advisory commissions, and served on the board of directors for numerous business and community-based organizations. Anne is currently a board member of PG&E Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, and a member of the board of deacons of the Palos Verdes Baptist Church.

Anne immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in 1964. She received her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan, and has a master’s degree in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California at Berkeley.

Anne and her husband, Jack, have traveled to Africa and been touched by the beauty of the continent and its people. They are excited about working with Amahoro International to unleash more of Africa’s inherent potential, beginning with some of the most marginalized peoples.

 
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Pastor David Hino

David is Senior Pastor of The Light Christian Fellowship in Signal Hill, California, a church he started after serving for six years as Superintendent of the Pacific Coast Japanese Free Methodist Conference of churches. Earlier in his career, David worked in youth ministries at Evergreen Baptist Church in Los Angeles and Wailuku Union Church in Maui, Hawaii. He also served as Senior Pastor of Peninsula Free Methodist Church in Redwood City, California. Recently, David and his wife have participated in leadership with Watchmen for the Nations, a global family calling the nations to walk in unity with God and one another. David obtained a BA in History from Vanguard University and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary. He has been married for nearly 40 years to his wife, Sharon, and they have two children and one grandchild. David feels that Amahoro International is a vital ministry to bring transformation and empowerment to the lives of many.  

 
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Cindy Akiyama 

A first-generation college student, Cindy obtained a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Over ten years, she went from manufacturing engineer to Director of Manufacturing, Business Unit Manager, and finally Vice-President of Operations for Avantek/TeleSciences Transmission Systems. From there, Cindy became a partner with PRTM, a management-consulting firm specializing in improving the internal operations of technology-based companies. Now part of Price-Waterhouse Coopers, PRTM rocketed to a ten-fold growth during Cindy’s decade-long tenure, culminating in over 400 full-time professionals with offices across the US, Europe and Asia. At PRTM, Cindy co-led the Product Development practice with clients ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 100. Cindy retired in 2000 to focus on raising her young children with her husband, Dave, to whom she has now been married for over 35 years. Cindy is active in volunteer service with her local church and in her community. Her prayer has been for God to grow her love for the world and He has answered it by introducing her to Amahoro International.