David White has been an entrepreneur throughout his life. He started his career printing t-shirts from the Beta Fraternity House at college and he has many had many companies and ventures since. Resortworks was a chain of 22 retail stores all over the US and Caribbean which he co-founded with his fraternity brother. Resortworks had many stores in affluent resorts such as St Maarten, Newport Rhode Island, Martha’s Vineyard, St Thomas, and Aspen Colorado. White learned about the cruising industry while visiting his two locations in St Thomas. Business flourished when these ships would dock in the harbor, and White made it a point to always interact with the officers and crew of the vessels.
While a Board of Trustee Member of Washington and Jefferson College White met Dr Buba Misawa who is a professor at the college who teaches students about Africa. White attended one of Dr Misawa’s field trips to Banjul, the Gambia and fell in love with the country and the Gambians and has been back many more times. The Gambia is a very poor but friendly country, and the locals are very educated. White and Misawa came up with the idea of forming a employment agency whereby they place Gambians on Cruise Ships. Cruise Ship Crew Gambia has an office in Banjul.
Buba Misawa, Ph.D.,is a Professor of Political Science at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA, USA. He received a B.Sc. degree from Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria, and a Masters from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Misawa is a Managing Partner of Crew Ship Crew Gambia (CSCGambia), along with Mr. David White, Founder and CEO of Universal Hotel Liquidators, CT, USA. CSCGambia was founded by David White and Buba Misawa with the commitment of helping Gambians and other West Africans get hired onto cruise ships around the world. The idea of helping African communities started with Misawa’s student trips to the Gambia in 2001. Dr. Misawa, was eventually joined in the effort of improving service delivery to various African communities and raising funds for the Tendaba Schools (in the Gambia) by Mr. David White (a Trustee of Washington and Jefferson College).
Dr. Misawa is also the founding President of the Western Pennsylvania Africa Foundation (WePaFo), which serves the needs of various West African countries and communities, universities, schools and libraries in Nigeria and Gambia, as well as educational and lunch programs for schools in these countries. The mission of WePaFo is to help African communities and individuals with support services, books, medical supplies, funds, scholarships, and educational and leadership programs. Professor Misawa is committed to transforming the ways African communities, schools, libraries, and individuals achieve both individual and organizational excellence. He also leads a variety of student educational trips to the Gambia and Senegal every year, introducing American students to both traditional and modern Africa through the Sene-Gambia experience.
Alhagie Bojang holds a Masters Degree in Responsible Tourism Management from Leeds Metropolitan University. Prior to his appointment as Recruitment Manager of Cruise Ship Crew Gambia, Alhagie taught Tourism and Hotel/Hospitality Management at the Institute of Travel and Tourism of the Gambia (ITToG), International Business College (IBC) and the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI). Throughout this period, Alhagie was involved with various training and skills development programs in the Gambia’s Tourism and Hospitality industry, this includes training of local tourist guides in Juffureh/Albreda, one of the most visited destinations in the Gambia hosting the Kunta Kinteh and related UNESCO World Heritage site, training Airport staff (Immigration, Customs, Securities and Porters on Customer Service), training National Environment Agency’s Ecotourism focal persons in Ecotourism Management and skills development training of Association of Small Scale Enterprises in Tourism (ASSET) members.
Alhagie also participated on the consultancy of Public Private Partnership of the Collaborative Action for Sustainable Tourism development (COAST) project as an Associate Consultant.
Alhagie has always been an active recruiter of potential students in Tourism and Hospitality Management. This is the experience he brought along to Cruise Ship Crew Gambia as a Recruitment Manager.
Ambrose Mohammed Obuekwe has lived and worked in The Gambia for the past 18 years. He has background in Teaching, Training and International Development work. His specialty is in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. He brings with him over fifteen years of experience in development and social services.
Obuekwe’s passion is to see every young person achieve their highest objective through hard work, no matter their chosen field of endeavour.
As General Manager of Cruise Ship Crew Gambia, Obuekwe uses his extensive knowledge of The Gambia to guide the company’s everyday activities, making sure that the highest standards are achieved.