Meet the Founder

Diallo Sumbry’s professional career, education, passions and life mission are intricately intertwined at the intersection of education, cultural arts promotion and community development advocacy, nonprofit and corporate management. After 2 decades of service as a college access program manager for various national college access programs, corporate consultant for an international human data science corporation, arts and cultural program development specialist and partnership consultant, Diallo has earned a solid reputation as an innovative, authentic, visionary leader.

A native Trentonian, Diallo is the middle child and youngest boy of 5 children raised by an exceptionally strong, intelligent and committed woman.  After moving to Washington, DC in his 9th grade year, Diallo went on to complete his BA in English in 1999 and his Master’s of Public Administration in 2003 – both from the University of the District of Columbia.  He is a husband of 20+ years, father of two and proud grandfather.

As the Founder and President of the Adinkra Group for the past 15 years, an African Cultural Edutainment, Resource, and Consulting Company, Diallo continues to use education, experience and relationships to create valuable projects in alignment with his mission: to connect people of African descent in the diaspora to their rich cultural and ancestral heritage through innovative projects with a broad impact.  He is the founder of the Back2Africa Festival themed Two Cultures, One Foundation which occurs the last week in February through Ghanaian Independence Day. This festival celebrates Black History Month and Ghana’s independence by connecting US artists with Ghanaian artist for cultural immersion, collaboration and a large educational service project.

In 2018, Diallo was named one of the 100 Black Enterprise BE Modern Man of Distinction. He is a co-founder and original steering committee member of Ghana’s Year of Return Program – a yearlong initiative that commemorates the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans arrival in the Unites States in 2019. Recently, he was appointed as the first African American Tourism Ambassador for the country of Ghana. He also serves at the director of partnerships for AfricanAncestry.com, the largest DNA Ancestry testing company for people of African descent.

Diallo A. Sumbry is a courageous, creative, connected, authentic, visionary leader.