Amanda Bates
Development Director

An American-born TCK, African-raised professional, Amanda leads the creative direction
of The Black Expat, a multimedia platform dedicated to changing the narrative on black
international mobility. She also hosts the Global Chatter podcast which takes a humorous deep dive into these conversations from underrepresented perspectives.

A branding specialist, Amanda currently serves as the Regional Lead for Talent Attraction & Marketing for HSBC’s U.S.and Latin American markets. Her diverse professional career has included serving as founding director of a college access center for low-income secondary students in Richmond, VA, piloting and implementing a university career services program in Qatar, and teaching English as a second language in Cameroon. She also completed her M.Ed in Counselor Education at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Mary Washington.  

Amanda has been part of FIGT since 2014 and previously served on the Board from 2016-2018.  

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