Adisa Septuri

Co-Founder, President & CEO

“Dynamic” and “innovative” are some of the words that have been used to describe this talented young director. AdisaSepturi was born and raised in Oakland, California. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his Master of Fine Arts in Film from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Adisa is an accomplished narrative and documentary film director and producer. He directed the critically acclaimed Disney short film, “Notes in a Minor Key.” The film garnered Adisa a first-look deal with Disney/Hollywood Pictures. He is also the producer of two award-winning films, “Gift for the Living,” and “Sarang Song” which aired on Showtime.

After Adisa accepted an invitation to join veteran actor/activist Isaiah Washington in Sierra Leone, he discovered a beautiful country and its people which led to his passionate documentary short “A Day Without Mines.” The award-winning film chronicles the lives of two children who, due to extreme poverty and destitution, work in the diamond mines of the Kono District of Sierra Leone.

Upon returning to the United States, Adisa became very ill and doctors discovered he had contracted the deadly Hanta Virus. His body experienced multiple organ failure, and he was immediately placed in the ICU. After his heart stopped beating three times, doctors started to prepare for the worst. While family members and close friends held a vigil at his bedside, Adisa miraculously made a full recovery, much to the amazement of doctors. It was during this time that Adisa made a promise that he would return to Sierra Leone to help the children of Kono. The Finaza Foundation is the culmination of Adisa’s promise to use his gift of life to help improve the lives of others.

Michael Caulfield

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President

Michael Caulfield has traveled the world as a photojournalist. Michael has covered many of the major news events spanning the last 20 years.On his initial trip to Sierra Leone he was so moved by the amazing spirit of the children, he decided to aid in an extraordinary mission to help the region.

Michael’s career began with the Associated Press documenting the O.J. Simpson trial, the Rodney King trial, the L.A. riots, the Oklahoma bombing trial, Presidents Clinton and Bush, earthquakes, fires, World Series, Super Bowl, World Cup Soccer, NBA Championships, the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and much more. Michael’s photos have graced the covers of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, International Herald Tribune, USA Today, People Magazine, along with Newsweek, Time, US News & World Report, Business Week, Sports Illustrated, and ESPN Magazine among others.

Michael is also a co-founder of the groundbreaking online image company, WireImage.

Michael’s involvement with the FinazaFoundation was triggered by the bedside vigil for his friend AdisaSepturi during his deadly bout with the Hanta Virus. Michael has held true to his convictions and has been an integral part of the Finaza Foundation, helping to achieve the goals the organization has set forth. Michael’s personal mission is to see the Kono people become self-supporting by transforming the Kono region into a sustainable community in its own right.