Farmer, Author, Social Entrepreneur, Political Strategist, and International Speaker.

Farmer, Author, Social Entrepreneur, Political Strategist, International Speaker Thione Niang, was born in a modest family of 28 children in Senegal. Thione Niang immigrated to the USA in 2000 with only 20 dollars and worked his way through the hardships while getting involved in his new community. His efforts led him to participate as a community organizer for President Obama in the historic 2008 Presidential elections and becoming national Co-chair of gen44 for the 2012 re-election campaign.

Thione Niang now leads three structurally different, but substantially, similar, international organizations; give1project, JeufZone Farms, and Akon lighting Africa-Solektra International.

JeufZone Farms

Thione founded the JeufZone Farms to address the agricultural need of Africa- It is an agro-business platform for the production, commercialization, distribution, and conservation of farm products, with a priority given to local produce. Thione is working to lure young people to farming to help create jobs and to assure food security and food self-sufficiency in Africa led by young Africans.


Created in 2009 by Thione Niang this global organization promotes global leadership and entrepreneurship for young people through its incubation centers, women empowerment, and global leadership programs. Give1Project is now present in 34 countries around the world including; the united states, France, Japan, Ghana, Guinea, Benin, Senegal, etc...

AKON LIGHTNING AFRICA and Solektra International

As an entrepreneur in the energy field, he co-founded Akon Lighting Africa and Solektra International along with the renowned artist Akon and Malien Businessman Samba Bathily in 2014. The mission, to provide electricity to 600 million African households and communities through sustainable solar energy. Today, 18 countries benefited from the initiative, more than 5000 jobs have been created across the continent, enabling a solar academy to open in Malian in Senegal for the training of young Africans in the field.

By 2015 Thione Niang was appointed by President Obama, as Ambassador to the US Ministry of Energy. Thione advocates for the inclusion of minorities in all aspects of the energy sector, with a special focus on energy economic development, STEM education, and climate change.

He is the author of 6 books, including Memoirs of an Eternal Optimist, Faces of Change, Social Entrepreneurship: 15 keys to Success, Letters to My Sisters, Demain tu Gouvernes le Monde, and children's book - Gorgui.