NABEA Leadership

Tyrell Walker

Tyrell is the CEO and Founder of NABEA. He has worked at the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the State Department; acted as chief of staff at a national civil rights nonprofit; ran workshops on diversity, inclusion, and political activism throughout Japan; and interviewed, farmed, and lived with minority and indigenous communities throughout East Asia. He holds an MA in Asian Studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, as well as a dual BA in government and East Asian studies from Harvard University.



Chadwick is COO, co-founder, and director of NABEA’s DC chapter. After graduating Harvard University in 2013, Chadwick began his career as a project manager in South Korea at Samsung Electronics and later went on to volunteer at a non-profit organization in Japan. Overall, he has lived and worked in Asia for over four years and co-founded NABEA with the aim of encouraging members of the black community to break out of their comfort zones and study/work in the Indo-Pacific. Chadwick works on operations, programming, and communications within NABEA.

Favorite Dish in Asia: Tsukemen (Japan)

Khyle Eastin

Khyle Eastin’s professional and academic interest areas include China’s national security and foreign policy developments, with a specific emphasis on its activities in outer space and the Arctic, and interests in the Middle East region. Eastin has studied and lived in China and the Middle East (Amman and Jerusalem). He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in China, where he taught English at Sichuan University of Science & Engineering. He holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College.

Favorite Dish in Asia: Adobo (Philippines)


Alex Foote graduated in 2015 from Harvard College with a bachelor’s in East Asian Studies, and from London School of Economics and Political Science in 2016 with an MSc in Environment and Development. The past 10 years she’s focused on social and environmental issues in China through research and volunteer work. She worked in New York for a China-based recycled paper and pulp manufacturer, managing post-merger integration projects, and recently joined the sustainability department at PepsiCo. She works on website design and New York programming within NABEA.

Favorite Dish in Asia: Jianbing (Beijing)

Mark Akpaninyie

Mark Akpaninyie spent three years in China, serving as a Fellow with Teach For China and a lecturer at Baoshan University. He later relocated to Washington, D.C. where he has worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies examining China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Chinese investment and soft power abroad. Mark is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a Young Leader with Pacific Forum, and a co-founder of the Black China Caucus. He holds a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. 

Favorite Dish in Asia: Mixian (Yunnan)

Paul Yarabe

Paul Yarabe is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B. 2013, Molecular and Cellular Biology) and Harvard Business School (MBA 2018).  He works at Rocket Pharmaceuticals, a biotech company in NYC focused on delivering gene therapy to patients with devastating diseases.  Prior to Rocket, he spent three years in Japan involved in projects ranging from HR-technology, social entrepreneurship and study abroad. His interests include biotech, education, reading, and how technology can augment human relationships.  Within NABEA, Paul works on NYC-related programming, Japan-related initiatives, and the website.

Favorite Netflix show: One Punch Man