Officers & Directors

Krista Krieger

Chair of the Board & Executive Director

Krista received her undergraduate degree in business administration from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and qualified as a Certified Public Accountant when she moved to New York City in 1993. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two children and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Empowers Africa. She has made over 7 short documentaries over the last several years, some winning awards at various film festivals. She is a former Senior Tax Manager for Ernst & Young LLP, former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Africa Foundation (USA), former trustee of Africa Foundation (SA) and the African Wildlife Foundation. Krista has traveled extensively throughout Africa and was honored with The African Diaspora Award for “The Friend of Africa” by Applause Africa magazine on December 8th, 2012. Krista was honored at the Voss Foundation’s Third Annual Women Helping Women event in the Hamptons on August 7th, 2017.

Liz Kelly

Treasurer & Secretary

Graduate of Princeton University, cum laude, and of Harvard University School of Business Administration. Liz spent her career in financial services in New York City before moving to Florida to be a full-time mother. She spent over 15 years in Investment Banking at such firms as Salomon Brothers, Scully Brothers & Foss, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers. She retired in 2004 from Bear Stearns Merchant Banking (now Irving Place Capital) as Managing Director, Deal Sourcing. Liz has traveled to Kenya and Tanzania and is an Africa enthusiast. She is a former Advisory Committee member of Africa Foundation (USA).

Nadia Derelieva

Chief Financial Officer

Nadia comes to Empowers Africa with 15+ years of business experience building operational infrastructures for fast-growth startups, multi-nationals, and prominent nonprofit organizations where she has worked to streamline processes, establish controls and instill compliance. She received her Master of Administrative Sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University and her Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering from Budapest Technical University. Nadia has also completed a Business Management Program at the Japan International Cooperation Agency as well as Microsoft Office Expert Level Certifications.

Nadia speaks English, Hungarian, Bulgarian and Russian. Her hobbies include: swimming, archaeology, collecting antiques and traveling. Among her favorite places to travel are: South Africa, Peru, Argentina, the Galapagos Islands, Japan and Europe.

Lauren Adelman

Director of Communications and Events

Lauren joined Empowers Africa in April 2020. Her background is with organic and sustainable textiles working primarily with fair trade manufacturing and not-for-profit organizations. She has traveled extensively throughout India over that past decade creating, maintaining and fostering lasting relationships within this realm. Lauren has a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Rhode Island. She has recently relocated back to New York City after living on Kaua’i, Hawaii for the past 11 years.

 

 

Kyle Hickson

Communications Officer

A recent transplant from the Serengeti, Kyle most recently spent two years managing Singita Faru Faru in Grumeti, Tanzania, with his wife Gabriella. Whilst at Singita, Kyle completed his post-graduate degree in Nature Conservation for which he wrote a dissertation on the environmental and financial benefits of solar power at Singita Faru Faru. Born and raised in Johannesburg, Kyle’s passion for conservation began at an early age when he went on safari with his family to Olifants Game Reserve in the Kruger National Park. Kyle started his career in ecotourism as a guide for &Beyond in 2010, during which he educated thousands of guests about important issues surrounding conservation, including poaching, environmental education, ecology and habitat restoration. He guided in Madikwe, Sabi Sands, Phinda, and Ngala before leaving &Beyond to pursue management. Kyle has recently relocated to the New York area and is looking forward to transferring his skills, experience and education into an impactful job here in the states.