I. Z. Konteh
What matters the most to me in my everyday life is how we connect with one another. That’s why I want to encourage open and honest conversations — because when we help each other be authentic, we can help each other grow as individuals and as a society.
Let’s share our stories. I look forward to getting to know each other.
About I. Z.
Isatu Zama Konteh is an engaged advocate for gender equality community development and a mother of two children. She holds a Masters's Degree in Rural Development, a Bachelor's Degree in Education, and Higher Teacher's Certificate. Over the past 20 years, she has been involved with various causes as a consultant, director, manager, speaker and mentor, including the US Peace Corps, Mano River Union, women’s and girls’ rights and the role of women in rural development.
Women’s empowerment advocate
As part of her advocacy, she co-founded Geko- Sierra Leone, a national NGO registered as an affiliate of Geo Unna in Germany, primarily focusing on women’s empowerment and addressing issues related to disadvantaged young boys and girls. Through her work with GEKO – Sierra Leone, where she now serves as Executive Director, she helped thousands of women, young boys and girls overcome life adversities.
Committed to excellent leadership
In her many roles as a manager, consultant, director, teacher, administrator, mother and wife, Madam I. Z. is committed to bringing out the best in every person. She understands the essence of being human and regularly stimulates hope amongst her teams for brighter futures.
She works alongside her people to appease their anxieties and solicit their input for improvements. She listens to her people’s ideas, transforms them into something powerful, and establishes relationships based on confidence and trust.
A strong voice for education
I. Z. taught for several years, from primary to secondary school. She is presently the school administrator of Leone International Academy. The school operates Day Care, Nursery, Primary, Junior Secondary, and a Senior Secondary school. She supervises the academy's smooth running, producing excellent results from the NPSC, BECE, and WASSCE levels.
A seasoned woman of faith
A woman of faith is never intimidated by what is happening around her. She knows that beyond her belief lies many breakthroughs. Madam I. Z. Konteh is a longtime member of the Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone, where she has served for many years in various capacities as Treasurer, Financial Secretary etc. She became the first female lay leader of the Michael Dean Mueller Wesleyan Church in Lumley, Freetown, through her commitment to serving the Christian community. Her faith has guided her all along her life journey as a servant of the Lord. She has been dedicated and committed to her calling to serve God through her congregation, and she is a true woman of faith.
A passion for making a difference
Madam I.Z. Konteh is an example of how ordinary people can make a huge difference in society. Her intrinsic curiosity and willingness to advocate for women and the disadvantaged motivated her to co-found Geko-Sierra Leone, a national NGO and an affiliate of Geo Unna in Germany, primarily focused on women’s empowerment and addressing issues related to the disadvantaged young people, boys and girls. "I believe that we women carry a lot on our shoulders and are stronger than we think. I believe you can do and be whomever you want to be with hard work, dedication and prayers. Never give up! Keep your heart open to all the goodness that the universe brings. Support other women!"