Founder and Co-Director
Sumaya Karimi grew up during and lived with war for many years. Throughout her life and through various experiences, she has learned to be courageous, resilient, hopeful, positive and to advocate for peace. She strives to create safe spaces where individuals and groups find and develop their potential. She completed her Medical Degree in Afghanistan, studied in South Africa, and earned a diploma in Education and Community Development. She has worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and throughout the United States.
As the founder of Global Ubuntu, Sumaya has trained more than 500 people through the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She has written curriculum, and developed and facilitated small and large group processes in many countries. As she often says, "My goal is that everyone finds a way to personal transformation." Through Global Ubuntu, she currently manages the Georgia Council of Developmental Disabilities' (GCDD) Real Communities Initiative and Welcoming Community Movement.
Malaika Geuka Wells
Malaika has been directly involved in community engagement for many years. She grew up watching her parents actively participate in community by advocating for themselves and others through programmatic work including refugee resettlement and hosting community engagement events, such as cultural festivals. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and a Community Transformation certificate from Emory.
In addition to supporting the administrative management and business development for Global Ubuntu, Malaika works with Sumaya to support partner programs in the GCDD Real Communities Initiative and the Welcoming Community Movement.