Yeah Samaké is a native of Mali, West Africa, a 2013 and 2018 Malian Presidential candidate. A graduate from Brigham Young University with a Masters in Public Policy, he runs his own foundation Empower Mali which connects resources with need in the areas of education, health, clean water, clean energy and leadership training in rural Mali. Through his foundation Empower Mali, he has helped bring 23 schools to Mali, provided scholarships to Malian students to study abroad and organized multiple free medical and dental services.