About Abdou Draman Touray

  • Abdou Draman Touray was a Scientist/Inventor, husband, father, son, brother, uncle, an extremely loyal friend and a great leader with strong believe in the Africa dream.Though short-­lived, he has launched several break-­through innovations that have the potential transforming lives.
  • A true adventurer, he climbed Mountain Kilimanjaro, camped and trekked at the Amazon and bungy jump in Macau. Draman was a deep thinker. He spoke less and did more in his actions to make this world, in particular West Africa, a happier, simpler and easier place to live in. He was passionate about science and technology and he enjoyed being an inventor and innovator.
  • Draman truly believed in Africa and had a strong conviction that technology and innovation is the main driver that would help significantly improve peoples’ lives, governance and create wealth in Africa.
  • The Late Draman Touray was passionate about using technology to differentiate and leapfrog Africa in the global development. A computer scientist from the prestigious Columbia University in New York, Draman worked on Wall Street and co-­founded the start-­up Rivernet.com in the insurance space.
  • A true definition of the American Dream, he left the comforts and financial security of Wall Street to move back to The Gambia, where he incorporated Pristine Investment, a company that focused on software development and systems integration, which culminated in the design of biometrics as a tool for identification purposes, for the exclusive use of The Gambia Government.
  • A staunch believer that technology and private capital will improve African lives, Draman through his company Pristine supported over 200 Gambian boys and girls in their education and subsequently offered internship & employment opportunities to over 80 young people.
  • Following a private conversation in 2014 with His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo on good governance and leadership in Africa, Draman was inspired to initiate a number of impactful digital solutions through his rebranded company VOLO Africa that have started making marks within ECOWAS countries before his demise.
  • Draman loved music and was a very lousy dancer.
  • He died of stroke at the age of 46 on the 19th March 2018.