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Who We Are
TAYO Consulting Group (TAYO) is a professional services firm comprised of cross-sector experts with broad and deep experience in human development and poverty solutions.

To improve at a systems level the health, education, economic opportunities, and social protection for the most vulnerable children and their families.


To attain a more just, equitable, thriving, and peaceful world, especially for the most vulnerable populations.

Our Values
Commitment to the poor and vulnerable
We believe our time, talent and resources should target the most vulnerable populations in our society with a focus on our geographic target of the U.S. and Africa

Responsiveness to the community
We strive to act sensitively and swiftly to address critical issues facing the communities with whom we work.

Willingness to lead
We will be a strong voice for neglected issues, catalyzing support within the broader community to attack difficult problems with a goal-oriented approach.

Dedication to strong partnerships
We will work to create robust partnerships that leverage our efforts with government, schools, businesses, funders, nonprofits, and the broader community.

The TAYO Team


Hamse Warfa is the founder and Principal of TAYO Consulting Group LLC, a professional services firm comprised of cross-sector experts with broad and deep experience in human development and poverty solutions. Hamse is a strategic and inclusive leader with a strong combination of knowledge and 18 years of experience in philanthropy, global development, community engagement, advocacy, and policy development. Hamse is connected to local, national and global networks of human development professionals, thought-leaders and policy experts.

Hamse brings the unique experience of being displaced by war as a child and then living as a refugee in East Africa and as an immigrant to the United States. Born in Somalia, Hamse escaped Somalia's civil war and spent three years living as a refugee in Kenyan camps before having the opportunity to move with his family to the United States in 1994. He documented his experiences as the author of America Here I Come: A Somali Refugee’s Quest for Hope (Sunshine Publishing, 2014). His zeal to turn adversity in his life into growth opportunities for others is a direct result of these experiences.

Arriving in the U.S. with no knowledge of English, Hamse's journey to integrate into mainstream American was a challenge. Today, Hamse serves as a trusted advisor in philanthropy working until recently with Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Philanthropies, as a Program Officer managing the foundation's global and domestic children & families and health grants. He also brings his experience to the benefit of others as a conflict resolution and peacebuilding strategist - serving as a board and executive committee member for Alliance for Peacebuilding, a global membership association of more than eighty peacebuilding organizations, over 1,000 professionals, and a network of over 15,000 people developing processes for change in the most complex and chaotic conflict environments around the world. Hamse is an internationally requested motivational speaker on conquering adversity and building resilience. He regularly speaks on the importance of education and academic success for low-income children and youth. To refugees and new immigrants in the U.S., Hamse serves as a great role model for successful immigrant integration into mainstream America.

Prior to joining MAC Philanthropies, Hamse served as a Senior Program Officer managing a diverse portfolio of grants at Alliance Healthcare Foundation, a San Diego-based foundation working to improve access to healthcare for underserved communities. In 2008, Hamse founded the Institute for Horn of Africa Studies and Affairs (IHASA), as organization using research and advocacy to help end/ reduce the persistent violence in the Horn of Africa while providing accurate information on the socio-economic and political situation of the region and the African Diaspora. 

Hamse is a part-time doctoral candidate for Public Administration at Hamline University. He earned a B.A. in Political Science at San Diego State University and an M.S. in Organizational Management and Leadership at Springfield College. Hamse also holds graduate-level certificates in Foundations of Conflict Analysis and Preventing Deadly World Conflicts that he earned from the United States Institute of Peace, a congressionally funded institution working to prevent and end conflict. Hamse is fluent in English and Somali.

Hamse is currently working with TCG members Ashish Gadnis and Jeffrey Keiser on BanQu. BanQu is the first ever blockchain Economic Identity technology that enables a secure and immutable platform for creating economic opportunities for people around the world living in extreme poverty. Hamse is co-founder and Vice Chairman. To learn more about BanQu click here.

He was recently named one of 24 Bush Fellows for 2016 based on his record of achievement and extraordinary potential to make significant contributions in Minnesota and surrounding areas. The support from the Bush Foundation will help Hamse to pursue learning experiences that will help develop leadership skills and attributes. To learn more about the 2016 Bush Fellowship click here.

Hamse serves on the board of the following organizations:

Minnesota Comeback (formerly Education Transformation Initiative), – a movement of funders, education organizations and schools – is a master plan for funding initiatives that improve K-12 education. The organization's focus is Minneapolis and goal is an unprecedented one: Turn 30,000 underperforming seats into rigorous, relevant ones by 2025.

CommonBond Communities is the Midwest's largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing with supportive services. Serving the region for over 40 years, the organization develops, owns or manages over 5,700 affordable rental apartments and townhomes throughout 48 cities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Over 9,000 people - families, seniors, and people with disabilities and other barriers - call CommonBond home. More than 2,400 of these individuals are children.

From 2006 to 2010, Hamse was the chair of the San Diego Refugee Forum, a professional association serving people fleeing violence and persecution. In 2009, San Diego Metropolitan Magazine selected Hamse as one of San Diego’s 40 outstanding young business and civic leader awardees. In 2010, San Diego’s Channel10, an ABC NEWS affiliate, presented Hamse with its 2010 Leadership Award. Hamse’s personal story was also included in the book, The TRY: Reclaiming the American Dream (New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2010). The book contains a dozen stories of ordinary people who have overcome adversity to accomplish extraordinary goals across varied fields of endeavor.

Senior Consultant Team


Ashish Gadnis is a tech entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in technology, business management, entrepreneurship and financial management. He has received many awards for his achievements in business and humanitarian work, including the “Change Maker” award in 2014 for Coding Schools in Refugee camps; Minority Business Owner award winner in the Twin Cities in 2009 and “Top 40 Under 40 Business Executives” in the Twin Cities in 2004. In 2007 Ashish authored the leading business book “Sustainable Disruption” and has served on the US-China Relations Committee (2007) and the DRC Action Committee (2013). He has worked as a top-level employee in a wide range of different companies around the world, including acting as the Founder/ CEO of NonStop Wireless, KOOZALA and Forward Hindsight; President of Fourth Generation; Director of Software Development and Operations for Plato Learning and Director of Solutions Integration for United Health Group.

Currently, Ashish works as a Cloud Evangelist for McGladrey where he delivers consulting, tax/audit and advisory services by leading cloud app business strategy, keynoting major conferences and advising on strategic accounts and PEG transactions. He also acts as a volunteer CEO for Asili in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where he is building a market-based approach “Economic Zone” to deliver primary healthcare, nutrition, clean water, agriculture and mobile-money in a way that actively creates jobs for local mothers, provides affordable primary care for children under 5 and increases farmer crop production and livelihood. Additionally, Ashish is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BanQu.

Ashish earned a B.S in Systems Analysis from Bombay University and a M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He also obtained an Executive Education in Global Leadership and Public Policy from Harvard University.

Ashish provides expert guidance to our clients in the areas of technology and software development, leadership and support in all aspects of business including—finance, marketing, sales and strategy.


Samantha Hurst is an Associate Project Scientist and Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). As a medical anthropologist, Samantha’s primary areas of research expertise include cross-cultural mental health, integrated medicine, and socio-cultural health disparities. She has worked with a number of unique and underserved populations (Australian Aborigine, Maori, Native American, Nigerian Yoruba, Pacific Islanders and American combat veterans) in a variety of medical contexts (alcohol and drug misuse, youth violence prevention, psychological trauma and stress, secondary stroke prevention, tobacco cessation, integrated medicine, and men’s health). She also specializes in projects focusing on the use of mobile health technology, community-based participatory health strategies and promotion of global health policy development.

Samantha holds a B.A. in Exercise Physiology and an M.A. in Anthropology from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from the University of Tennessee.  She completed her post-doctoral training in medical anthropology at The Scripps Research Institute.

Samantha provides expert guidance to our clients in the areas of community outreach and engagement, use of standard qualitative and mixed methods research, rapid assessment, culturally competent research design and implementation, and monitoring of program services.


Linda Lloyd is a public health consultant specializing in planning and evaluation of community-based behavior change interventions. Her areas of expertise include identification of community and organizational needs, qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection, and the action research framework for the development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of interventions.

Linda has worked in resource-limited countries for over fifteen years as an evaluator and behavior change and communications training consultant for the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization, among others. She works closely with ministries of health to build and strengthen internal capacity to develop and implement community-focused interventions. She was the Director of the Center for Research at San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Public Health, where she participated in the design of research studies and was responsible for data collection, data analysis and reporting of research findings. In this role, she ensured compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to the conduct of human subjects research. Prior to this, she was the Vice President, Programs at the Alliance Healthcare Foundation in San Diego, CA. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, working as a Rural Public Health worker.

Linda holds a Doctor of Public Health (Dr.PH) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Department of International Health at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. She received her B.A. in Biology and Spanish from Colby College, Waterville, Maine.

Linda provides expert guidance to our clients in the use of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods, community-based program planning and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation services. She is fluent in English and Spanish.


Francis Njubi Nesbitt is an associate professor of Africana Studies at San Diego State University. He was a visiting professor of international relations at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya in 2013-2014 and a Global Fellow and visiting professor of International Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Francis has published numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as African Affairs, Critical Arts, Journal of American History, International Journal of Southern African Studies, African Issues, Mots Pluriels, LoccumerProtokolle, KulturAustausch, African World and Africa World Review. His articles on Africa and foreign affairs are published in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world, and he is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy in Focus. Previously, he worked as a reporter and sub-editor for the Daily Nation in Nairobi, Kenya, an investigative reporter for the Seattle Skanner in Seattle, Washington, and a reporter and copy editor for the Union-News and Sunday Republican in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is also the author of Race for Sanctions (2004) and Politics of African Diasporas (2012).

Francis earned an M.A. in Communication and a Ph.D. in Africana Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an M.A. in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Francis provides expert guidance to our clients in the use of participatory research on refugees, trade, humanitarian assistance, capacity building, and conflict resolution and management.


Jeff Keiser is a management consultant that helps transform business into efficient, profitable entities through creation and execution of organizational roadmaps, strategies and technology solutions. With over three decades of experience, he has a diverse background in key leadership roles with start-up, family-owned, mid-size, IT solution services and industry leaders that include CAP Gemini, Ernst & Young and Carlson Companies. He has multi-sector experience encompassing retail, distribution/ fulfillment, agriculture, professional services, B2B, ecommerce and manufacturing. 

Jeff is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of MYARK, Inc. where he provides interim business management and advisory/consulting leadership for companies to create and support change, increase efficiency and permanently alter business environments to drive growth. He is also co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of BanQu. 

Jeff received his B.A. in Physics with a minor in Computer Science from Hamline University and earned his M.B.A. in Operations Management from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He has also completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Carlson School. 

Jeff provides expert guidance in an array of business management areas, including team development, business and technology solutions, process and program efficiency, collaboration and financial management. He is adaptable and a highly analytical problem solver and change agent with general management expertise. 


Bob Frawley is a seasoned non-profit professional, with over 30 years experience in program development and organizational and financial management. Since 2004, Bob has worked independently as a capacity building consultant. For 6 years, he served as a consultant/coach to approximately 25 immigrant-led non-profits funded by a Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation capacity building initiative (Healthy Together), helping many organizations achieve Charity Review Council’s accreditation standards. In addition to this work, Bob has provided a wide variety of agency development services to 40+ diverse non-profit, philanthropic and public sector client organizations in the areas of organizational assessment, project development and start-up, fund development, managerial coaching, board development, budgeting and financial management, partnership development, and program evaluation. Prior to 2004, Bob worked for Pillsbury United Communities in a variety of capacities including Vice President for 4 years (providing technical assistance and backroom administrative services to a portfolio of community groups and organizations) and director of three multi-service community centers (Currie Center, Brian Coyle Center and Waite House) for more than a decade. He has also worked at several other local non-profits and served a 2-year stint as a Rural Community Developer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Fiji.

Bob graduated from the University of Wisconsin/Madison with a B.S. in Agriculture Economics and is a registered professional fundraiser in Minnesota.

Bob provides expert guidance to our clients in the areas of job and life skills training and the provision of basic needs services and health equity for the refugee and immigrant community.

Communications and Media Expertise


James is a filmmaker, video producer, and photographer specializing in documentary and branded content, with a strong focus on humanizing complex global issues that affect vulnerable populations through cinematic, personal and research-driven storytelling. He has worked with producers at the Travel Channel, MWW, Microgigantic, Indevu Films, and Werc Werk Works. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Digg, MPRNews, MinnPost, the StarTribune, the Dish, Prefix Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He is also a 2014 recipient of a prestigious Jerome Foundation Film Production grant. James recently completed work as director, producer, and director of photography of THE BAKKEN, a feature documentary that explores the interconnected human stories of an oil boom and bust on the heels of the Great Recession. He also completed work as director of photography, editor, and associate producer of HARVEST, a short form documentary about the banal ubiquity of cell phone data tracking. He is currently producing THE MISSING SUN, Brennan Vance's debut narrative feature film about a woman's metaphysical journey after she comes to believe her husband is having an out of body extramarital affair. James graduated from Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota, cum laude with a B.A. in political science and geography. He provides our clients with commercial-grade production values, in-depth research and writing skills, deep networks in the film, TV, news, and advertising industries, and compassionate interviewing techniques for both short and long-form multi-media productions.


John Wanjora is a Nairobi-based Communications Consultant. A former business editor with some of Kenya’s leading business publications, John has over 14 years’ experience in corporate communications (PR), advertising, media relations, and donor relations, as well as grant and report writing.

John is the founder and CEO of Excellence Media, a communications consultancy focusing on small businesses, government, and non-profit organizations. He holds a B.A. in Literature and Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Nairobi. John is a Certified Financial Reporter for the Capital Markets Authority in Kenya.

John provides expert guidance to our clients in public relations, communications and marketing strategies, and grant reporting compliance. He is fluent in English and Swahili.


Shaine is a public health professional with experience working with nonprofits both locally and internationally. She specializes in evaluation, fundraising, program design and community engagement. She has worked with several universities and organizations internationally, including the TATA Institute of Social Science and FIMRC, both in India. Most recently, she works with the Southeast Como Improvement Association where she leads fundraising initiatives, community outreach activities, and coordinates educational programs.

Shaine recently graduated with a MPH with a Global Health Concentration from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She earned her BS in Environmental Science and Nutrition from the University of Minnesota in 2010.

Shaine will provide administrative, research and program support for TAYO and clients.