People

Frances Mbaidedji

A portrait of a woman in a grey suit and a red blouse, standing in front of a red flowery painting in the background.Frances serves as an Administrative Coordinator at NoVo, where she works closely with the Director of the Initiative to Advance Adolescent Girls’ Rights and the Director of the Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women to provide essential logistical, operational and administrative support.

She graduated from the University of Ngaoundere in Cameroon, Central Africa in 2004 with a Master’s degree in Sociology (Population and Development Option).

After graduation, Frances spent time working respectively with Care International and the United Nations in Africa where she worked as a Social Worker providing community services. Her focus was mainly on girls and women, victims of domestic violence and all other kinds of abuses. She helped put the victims on a path to education and reintegration.

Frances then moved to the United States and helped as an intern with the African Services Committee in New York City while pursuing her Project Management Certificate at Baruch College. There, she helped non-English-speaking clients with translation in French as she is fully bilingual in English and French.

She also brings years of experience from Cleary Gottlieb, an international law firm based in New York City, where she was providing general administrative support to numerous lawyers.

Her passion for the rights of girls and women is connected with a desire for everyone to be treated equally and have access to tools such as technology and research. She constantly keeps a smile on her face to encourage others. On the side, she loves reading, styling hair, teaching kids in various ways, exercising, and knitting.

“Girls’ education is an effective tool for social development. A long-term investment whose performance is exceptionally effective.” — Koffi Annan