Our People


The Let Girls Read, Run, Grow Team is a group that shares a deep commitment to creating equitable and sustainable change for adolescent girls in Africa through education, athletics and agriculture. Led by founder, Idara Otu and her extraordinary team of deeply experienced professionals, our mission and work is rooted in stewardship and a willingness to go the extra mile.


Founder & Board Chair

Idara Otu
Vice President, Barclays
Olympian, Nigerian Atheltics Federation
New York, USA

Executive Director

Dr. Victoria Edem
Professor, New York City Technical College
New York, USA | Akwa Ibom, Nigeria


Advisory Board Members

Becket Hackett
Software Engineer, SONY
Palo ALto, CA, USA

Chauntae Bayne
Athletic Director, Regents Preparatory School
Austin, TX, USA

Uchechi Egeonuigwe
Attorney, Brown Rudnick LLP
New York, NY, USA

Junior Board Members

Amanda Peng
New York, NY, USA