Political Strategist, Social Entrepreneur, Author, Community Leader, International Motivational Speaker, And Consultant
Social entrepreneur, political strategist, youth advocate, and author, Thione Niang, was born in a modest family of 28 children in Senegal. The visionary leader immigrated to the USA in 2000 with only 20 dollars and worked his way through the hardships while getting involved in his new community. His efforts led him to participate as a community organizer in the historic 2008 Presidential elections supporting Democratic candidate Barack Obama and becoming National Co-Chair of Gen44 for the 2012 re-election Campaign.
In October 2015, he was appointed by President Obama and the energy secretary as ambassador at the US ministry of energy representing minorities In energy
Thione Niang now leads three structurally different, but substantially, similar international organizations; GlVElPROJECT, TNG (ThioneNiang Group), Akon Lighting Africa and Solektra International.
GIVE 1 PROJECT
Created in 2009 by Thione Niang, this institution promotes global leadership and entrepreneurship through its incubation centers and women empowerment and global leadership programs. GIVEl is now present in 34 countries around the world including; The United States, France, Japan, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Benin, Senegal…
TNG (THIONE NIANG GROUP)
Since 2006, the TNG is Government relations, strategy, and public relations firm working to facilitate communication and relations between global organizations and governments. Since its creation, Thione surrounds himself with experts in public relations, sociology, political science, journalism, and graphic designers from around the whole world.
AKON LIGHTNING AFRICA and Solektra International
As an entrepreneur in the energy field, he co-founded Akon Lighting Africa and Solektra International along with the renowned artist Akon and Malian Businessman Samba Bathily in 2014. The mission, to provide electricity to 600 million African households and communities through sustainable solar energy. Today, 16 countries benefit from the initiative, more than 5000 jobs have been created across the continent, enabling a solar academy to open in Mali for the training of young Africans in the field.
By 2015 Thione Niang was appointed by President Obama, as Ambassador to the US Ministry of Energy. Thione advocates for the inclusion of minorities in all aspects of the energy sector, with a special focus on energy economic development, STEM education, and climate change.
He is the author of numerous books, including Memoirs of an Eternal an Optimist, Faces of Change, Social Entrepreneurship: 15 keys to Success, and Letters to My Sisters.