Barkue Tubman Zawolo
Barkue Tubman-Zawolo is an entrepreneur and entertainment executive turned international consultant, focusing on bridging the gap between Sub-Saharan Africa, the United States and beyond. Barkue is the founder and Chief Experience Officer of MBL International Group, a boutique International consulting and creative agency. Specializing in bespoke event production, management, brand architecture, public relations, strategic partnerships, and African market entry strategy, MBL International is one of the most sought-after events, marketing and PR firms in West Africa.
Between 1997 and 2007, Barkue built a very successful career in the male dominated U.S. music industry, working on the management teams of some of the most successful International artists of the 1990’s and 2000’s including Outkast and Usher.
Through MBL, she has since cultivated a roster of clients which includes the office of the first female head of state in Africa’s history and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, several Liberian government agencies, and numerous international organizations including Coca Cola, USAID, Delta Airlines and Bono’s ONE Campaign.
An entrepreneur to the core, Barkue is also the founder and owner of Peace Cafe, an incubator, accelerator, co-working space and cafe providing an enabling environment for entrepreneurs, professionals and creatives to eat, work, meet and grow in Liberia.
As Liberia’s Tourism Lead from 2015 – 2017 and an African luxury enthusiast, she was inspired to launched her BeAfricaLuxury brand. As Africa’s premier luxury global lifestyle brand, it is focused on changing the narrative, by promoting the premium and luxury African entrepreneurs and innovators to enhance the way the world sees and engages with Africa. Barkue believes this is a powerful poverty reduction strategy.
Barkue is the UN’s Entrepreneurship Day Ambassador to Liberia and an advocate for young women and girls through her Miss Boss Lady Effect organization. She proudly serves on the board of The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development, and is currently producing a documentary called ‘Ma Ellen’ which tells the much-needed story of women in leadership, legacy building and the woman known as Liberia’s Iron Lady.
Barkue is married and a proud mom of triplets – Piper, Skylar and Karton. She is passionate about promoting the African Continent and linking the world to all its greatness. Her goals are focused on supporting the linkages of these catalysts as drivers for inclusive economic growth and development, changing the narrative and improving lives.