A The Greater Boston Chapter of AABE® Executive Board is made up of a dynamic and dedicated team of energy professionals committed to moving AABE's agenda forward. The executive team is as follows:
Leonard Durant President
Leonard Durant joined National Grid, a leading global utility company in the Northeast and the UK in delivery of gas and electricity to its customers in 2009 as Senior Buyer, Global IS and Telecommunications. In 2013 Len migrated to the Procurement Transmission and Overhead Lines group responsible for “contracting out” electric construction for National Grid’s electric infrastructure. Len has been involved in the procurement profession for over 30 years and has watched the industry changes and the increased emphasis on cost savings through the implementation of supplier diversity programs throughout major corporations worldwide. Most recently (2017) Len transitioned to a new role as Manager-Contractor Resource Strategy, Capital Delivery-Gas. In this new role, he will develop and direct a strategy for “growing” external contractor resources for National Grid’s gas business.
Len is a passionate “champion” of inclusion and diversity and is constantly involved in diversity initiatives both inside and outside National Grid. He has watched National Grid grow its diversity spend from literally nothing to a multi-million dollar, award-winning program that stands as an example in the industry. Len was intimately involved in the re-creation of the AABE Greater Boston Chapter and is vested in its continued success.
Len has worked for numerous corporations throughout his career including, Smith & Nephew, Massachusetts Port Authority, Tufts University and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. Len holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies from Cambridge College. He is currently President of the Greater Boston Chapter of AABE (American Association of Blacks in Energy) and within National Grid is a member of the Alliance of Black Professionals. Len is a native of Massachusetts and currently lives in Boston.
Gideon Boakye-Ansah, Treasurer
Gideon Boakye-Ansah is a Senior Telecom Engineer for National Grid USA, a multinational electricity and gas utility company. Gideon supports the engineering, design, planning, and implementation of radio, microwave, fiber optics and IP networks and systems to meet internal and external customers’ needs. Prior to his current role, he worked as Senior Wireless Engineer for Huawei Technologies, where he led a group of engineers to design, install and commission over 1000 base stations (cells phone sites) for multiple cellphone carrier companies. Over the last 8 years of his career, Gideon held numerous roles for various companies which include field engineer, Network Engineer, and Network Capacity Planning engineer.
Today, Gideon serves on the board of AABE Greater Boston Professional Chapter as the Treasurer. In the past, he served on the election committee of the National Society of Black Engineers Greater Boston Chapter. He is still very active in the group. During the summer, Gideon volunteers with a group of teens where he supervises Robotics projects. In the winter, he teaches middle and high schoolers to play the trumpet, trombone and music theory.
Laila Beavogui-Koma, Clerk
Laila Beavogui-Koma is a Lead Engineer and Executive Advisor to the VP of the Control Center Operations at National Grid USA. In her current role, she monitors and evaluates Key Performance Indicators, prepares reports and advises the VP.She also engages business streams to drive improvements in efficiency and productivity. Prior to this role, she held various roles as a Performance/Process Excellence champion, as well as a distribution and substation Engineer. Laila received her BSc. in Electrical Engineering from Binghamton University and her MSc. in Power Systems Management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
During her undergraduate experience, she was part of the team that established Binghamton University Engineers Without Borders (EWB) collegiate chapter. She also served as a mentor for young girls in the Syracuse Public School District and diversity chair for the Boston Science Club. She is currently the chair of PES WiP Boston and Clerk of the Greater Boston Chapter of the American Association of Black in Energy. Her areas of interest include: Energy and empowering young girls.