Our beginnings: In the early 90’s, a number of high energy, hardworking dreamers found ourselves working for a major international NGO in Mauritania, trying to grow a fledging development program with significant funding challenges and limited organizational buyin. Not knowing what was feasible we field test numerous development and leadership theories and created a strongly positive work environment and stable programming. The original idea for this network/company was birthed in the Biscaye living room in Tevragh Zena, Nouakchott– over drinks with Jonathan Shadid, Eric Sarriot, Robb Davis and myself – where we imagined a business – working for ourselves, driven by our passion and convictions, and not hindered by the limitations, affiliations of NGOs and their unneeded structures & systems based on mistrust. . Thankfully over the past 20 years we met people who shared our vision, and finally attained a critical mass of courage and people to be able to launch Accendo. The name for Accendo Group © was developed in 2010 with a former business partner and is now solely owned by Tim Biscaye.