FOR GLOBAL CHALLENGES
WHAT WE DO.
Our mission is to be an important solutions provider in key growth industries in emerging markets. We do this through direct investments in projects and trade with local partners, governments and businesses in chosen regions.
Our key participation to date include sustainable agriculture projects in the Fatick region of Senegal. Our direct investment in a Cashew processing plant in Sokone support the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of achieving sustainable growth and employment for people in the region. This follows our successful execution of MDG rural electrification and irrigation programs in Ile-Ewei and Alasa communities in Oyo State, Nigeria.
The Made in Africa (MIA) initiative reinforces our fundamental belief in community development and economic empowerment. MIA involves the production of quality, decorative baskets by the women and youth of Mekhe, Senegal, for export, with 10% proceeds retained for community advancement.
Activities are currently underway to create U.S export pathways for women-owned spice and dried food processing in Lagos, Nigeria. And the distribution network for our Health and Beauty line of products are carefully chosen to reflect the commitment to the women and youth in the communities that we serve.
We consider ourselves global change agents in pursuit of development and empowerment of communities in LDCs.
Who We Are
Frank Oshodi is the President of Sinevant Corporation. Prior to founding Sinevant, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Relevant Technologies Corporation, an industrial automation company in Richardson Texas. Previously, Frank served for 23 years in various lines of business at Bank of America. He was Senior Vice President in the Global Corporate & Investment Banking where he led multi-geography teams of treasury management professionals delivering cash management services to state and local governments and large hospital systems in the Central US.
Frank began his work career in 1979 as a broadcaster at the Federal Radio Corporation (FRCN) in Lagos, Nigeria.
He holds degrees in Communication from the University of Lagos and the University of North Texas, He travels regularly from his base in the Dallas, Texas area to West African countries where he invests in businesses that focus in human development of poor citizens in the West African Region.
“As a survivor of great losses in family and fortune caused by a civil war, my life work is to help a new generation build businesses that will have powerful and sustainable impact in their lives and in their own environment”
Chief Financial Officer
Brian Ragan is the Chief Financial Officer at Sinevant Corporation. Prior to working for Sinevant, Brian worked alongside Frank Oshodi as the Assistant Chief Financial Officer at Relevant Technologies, the world’s leading supplier of obsolete and end-of-life industrial automation components. There, Brian managed all Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, Customer Service and Procurement business units.
Prior to working at Relevant Technologies, Brian received two Master degrees from the University of Texas at Dallas; MBA and MS in Finance. He interned with the financial consulting firm Feznak and Associates in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
Though relatively young in his Career, Brian has shown incredible aptitude for identifying unique, efficient solutions for complex challenges across the globe. He has spent the last 10 years of his life traveling learning all he can about how various cultures interact and provide value for each other. Currently, he has been to over 60 countries.
Before he attended Graduate School, Brian earned degrees in Music, Spanish and General Business at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. During his time at UNT he also aided in starting up a Non-Profit organization in Freetown Sierra Leone. The Kroo Bay Initiative set up Micro-Finance loans in slum communities in Freetown, sponsored a woman’s vocational training school and funded the operations of an elementary school. It was while working with the Kroo Bay Initiative that Brian realized he was going to dedicate his professional career, to building businesses that promoted personal and economic growth for citizens in these emerging economies.
When not traveling, and working, Brian can be found cooking, making his own wine, exploring the food scene of Dallas, Texas or playing in his band.
Business Development Director
James Oshodi is the Business Development Director for Sinevant, Inc. James’ background is primarily in banking the in Nigeria. Beginning in 1994 James has Worked in almost all aspects of Banking. He has held positions as Internal Control Officer, Relationships Officer, Deputy Head, Branch Manager and VP for Nigeria’s largest financial institutions.
Prior to his professional Career, James studied at University of Lagos. He earned two degrees, Bachelors of Science in Industrial Relations as well as a Master’s of Science in Marketing Management.
James is a Senior member of a venture capital organization that invests primarily in international real estate, consulting, agricultural and manufacturing. At Sinevant, James is responsible for Identifying and vetting new business opportunities around the globe. He guides the team strategically through various projects ensuring that the companies’ actions are in line with its vision and mission.
Primarily residing in Ontario, Canada, James also spends a significant amount of time working in Lagos, Nigeria, Dakar, Senegal, and Dallas, Texas.
Director of Operations
Amadou Sonko is the Director of Operations at Sinevant, Inc. Amadou has an incredibly diverse background and serves as Sinevant’s main insight into activities in Senegal. Originally from Ziguinchor, Senegal, Amadou received a general studies degree. Later he received a Master of Law degree from Universite C.A.D de Dakar, Senegal.
Shortly after graduating Amadou was fortunate enough to pursue his ‘American Dream’ and visited the United States in 2004. Loving the country, he decided to move his wife and 4 lovely girls to the United States and make it their permanent home.
Currently, Amadou is one of Le Madeline’s leading general managers. He has exceled in creating performance based compensation plans as well as training programs that have been adopted company wide. Starting with Le Madeline in 2004 as Head Chef he has quickly worked is way up in the company to become one of their most motivating and inspirational leaders.
He considers himself a genuine success story; a man who started at the bottom of a company and quickly moved up the chain of command to manage the people who originally hired him. He is living his American dream.
Personally, Amadou loves to go fishing, is quite fond of basketball and spends as much time with his family as possible.