Graduate Scholars

  • Cohort 6 (2019-2020)

    • Abraham Tetteh Addy

      Faculty of Education

      Abraham Tetteh Addy is an ardent fan of ethical leadership and a graduate of Ashesi University in Ghana with a first-class degree in Business Administration. His passion for improved education and sanitation in Ghana allowed him to work to initiate educational and sanitation ventures such as Yensua Educational Support (YES), Trash4Ed, TranSite, Happy Home Eco-sanitation Company (HHESCO), and Ahote Sanitation Project. For the past seven years, Abraham has been working in the education and sanitation sectors in Ghana and with rural communities to come up with community-led solutions to the issues of education and sanitation via a process of co-creation. Based on the impact of his work, he has been recognized as a Resolution Fellow, Royal Commonwealth Society Associate Fellow, and Queen’s Young Leader.

      Abraham has carved a personal mission for himself, which is to enhance his knowledge and skills in educational leadership and to use that to help ensure a good blend of values acquisition and knowledge acquisition in educational institutions in Ghana. This personal mission is the main reason he is excited about pursuing his MEd in Higher Education at the UBC. Consequently, Abraham is eager to capitalize on the excellent facilities, diversity, and faculty at UBC and to use such an opportunity to accomplish his personal mission and help create an ethical society in his home country, Ghana.

    • Adewole Timilehin Adesoji

      Faculty of Forestry

      Adewole is best described as an intelligent, reserved, and resilient individual. He graduated as the best student in his class from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Resources Management. Over the years, Adewole has been an active member of the Junior Chamber International where service to humanity is at its best. His industrial training at the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria and National Center for genetic resources and Biotechnology gave him more insights into the practice of Forestry which fueled his passion for sustainable management of Forests in Nigeria, Africa, and the World. Belonging to professional organizations like the Forestry association of Nigeria, International Forestry Students Association, African Forest Forum and volunteering in NGO’s like the Northern Initiative for promotion and renaissance value, his desire to be an icon of change in the Forestry sector of Nigeria and Africa, hence, pursuing a Master’s degree in Sustainable Forest Management.

      Adewole is very excited about studying and obtaining a master’s degree at UBC due to the world class forestry education provided. He looks forward to meeting and exchanging ideas with the Forestry intellectuals in his pathway of becoming an icon in Forestry discipline.

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    • Kwaghdoo Sussan Agber

      Faculty of Forestry

      Kwaghdoo (Sussan) is a graduate of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM) in Nigeria with a Bachelor of Forestry Degree in Wildlife and Range Management. Throughout her time at UAM, she was actively engaged in action oriented activities to inspire young people to participate in environmental protection. She attended the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech Morocco. Sussan cares very deeply about the issues of forest management and the worsening conditions of climate change in Nigeria. She is passionate about development work, particularly with regards to the environment, and is translating her knowledge and energy for environmental conservation and improved livelihoods to serve her community. She recently volunteered with ATO-ClimatEducate Project Philippines as the African Project Regional Manager, Women Environmental Program, Abuja, Team54 Project International as the Project’s Acting Coordinator for Nigeria, Mediatrix Development Foundation Calabar and Devtrain CEDI.

      Sussan’s ultimate goal is to become a professor in Forestry and to create a Non- Governmental Foundation that will be actively committed to training the staff of the National Park Services and Game Reserves in Nigeria, along with communities adjacent to the National Parks. She pursuing a Masters in International Forestry in order to improve her scope on International forest policies, governance and especially in the area diplomacy and negotiations engagements.

    • Oluwatobiloba (Tobi) Akinyele

      Faculty of Land & Food Systems

      Tobi is an intelligent, optimistic, cheerful and determined individual with a strong passion for academic excellence. She recently graduated as the University Overall Best Graduating student at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria, where she obtained her Bachelor degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She has grown to become a Food Science and Nutrition enthusiast, who is passionate about her academics and is constantly driven by the desire to improve herself with every given opportunity. Tobi has a great background in Nutrition, and has been fortunate to gain a deeper knowledge of Dietetics via her undergraduate internship program and during her mandatory National Youth Service Program (NYSC) at the Mother and Child Hospital, Akure, Nigeria. She has also been heavenly involved in numerous volunteering experiences and recently launched her initiative, TOL Initiative, which aims to reach out to those in the rural communities and sensitizing them to the importance of nutrition on their health.

      Tobi hopes to one day pursue and obtain her PhD in Food and Nutrition and ultimately become a Professor of Food Science and Nutrition. Her long-term career aspirations include: contributing to the development and implementation of nutrition policies, finding solutions to tackle food insecurity, improve access to healthy foods, and work with organizations that take part in the dissemination of safe foods and nutrition-related information in order to fight against malnutrition in her community. She is excited to network and learn with great minds, learn about diverse cultures, and most importantly, learn from the outstanding staff at the UBC.

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    • Sakariya Aynashe

      Faculty of Science

      Sakariya is known for being a young, enthusiastic and emerging leader, who is passionate about community outreach, tech literacy advancement and poverty alleviation. Sakariya completed a dual degree on Software Engineering from Asia Pacific University & Staffordshire University, UK. He is the co-founder & managing director of Tech Labs Academy, focusing on tech development, cognitive computing & data analytics. Sakariya is community-driven and is motivated to massively contribute towards achieving sustainability and self-sufficiency though development of human capital using tech-based environment.

      After completion of his Master of Data Science program, Sakariya plans to expand his Academy to bridge the gap in the field of Data Science in Ethiopia. He aspires to expand his startup of Tech Labs Academy into a Tech & Data Analytics incubator that becomes a Science & Tech Hub for Ethiopia. Thus, he believes taking Data Science course will quench his thirst for amplifying his intellectual capacity and equip him with the necessary tools and technology skillset needed for his long-term vision. He hope to see the Tech Hub becoming the center for all technology startups and a knowledge & data warehouse for all emerging entrepreneurs across the African continent. This will help him lead initiatives to use data-driven environment to contribute towards achieving self-sufficiency level and food security in the fast growing Ethiopian population. Sakariya is truly excited to learn from the distinguished academic professionals and MCF Scholars at UBC and to have an exposure to the more vibrant and innovative Canadian culture.

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    • Joshua Azza

      Faculty of Medicine

      Joshua holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University where he pursued a double major in Biology and Music with a Performance Concertation, and a minor in Chemistry. His mentors describe him as adventurous, eager to learn, innovative, and a passionate individual with many talents. He was a recipient of the Duke Karsh international scholarship, a merit-based full scholarship offered to the top students in the world. Joshua grew up in a rustic coastal village in Tanzania where he witnessed the lack of education in preventive care and poor access to health care services affecting the lower socio-economical class and non-government workers without health insurance. Joshua’s perspective of similar public health challenges in developing countries broadened when he joined the Karsh Mentorship Initiative (KMI) at Duke University. With KMI, he volunteered and co-led multiple summer camps for secondary students in Nepal, teaching waste management, child labor and designing interdisciplinary curriculum for students for other social impact projects. Through his volunteering and shadowing experiences in the medical centers at home, Joshua’s passion is refined to reform the health insurance system to accommodate patients from different financial backgrounds and to tackle socio-cultural factors hindering the health care education in Tanzania.

      Joshua is thrilled to meet the diverse community at UBC and to commence his Masters of Public Health (MPH). Joshua strongly believes that UBC’s MPH curriculum that extensively covers the Canadian health policy and offers hands-on practicum experience, will enable him to navigate through, and approach the Tanzania health Policy creatively, and in the process facilitate his dream to better the Tanzania health care system.

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    • Tomiyosi (Bola) Bola

      Faculty of Forestry

      Tomiyosi is a highly motivated individual committed to research, learning and excellence. He is a First Class Honours graduate in Forestry and Wood Technology from the Federal University of Technology Akure, (FUTA) Nigeria. His academic mentor describes him as having a passion for acquisition and dissemination of knowledge, having an inquisitive mind and strong work ethic. He was elected to serve on different occasions as the Public Relations Officer and General Secretary of the International Forestry Students Association (IFSA) FUTA Chapter. In his final year, he co-founded an NGO named Edenworld Initiative which carries out climate change advocacy and awareness through forest education. As a graduate research assistant at the University of Calabar Nigeria, Tomiyosi has had the opportunity to work in his research interests, forest inventory and biometrics, ecology and forest stand dynamics, geographical information system, and remote sensing.

      Tomiyosi has a passion for community service and positive change, he believes that Master of Science in Forestry will expose him to high quality and innovative teaching which will develop his research skills and capacity to better contribute to the body of knowledge at a global scale. He also believes this will better position him to offer workable solutions to several indigenous environmental challenges threatening sustainable forest management in Nigeria. His ultimate goal is to become a proficient data analyst and biometrician in forestry.

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    • Eithar Elbasheer

      Faculty of Science

      Eithar graduated from the University of Khartoum with a Bachelor in Electric and Electronic Engineering specializing in Software Engineering. During her undergraduate years, she grew a passion for social change. Believing in entrepreneurship as a powerful way to boost the economy of any country, Eithar started volunteering with local and international organizations supporting startups and young inventors. As the head of the Arab Innovation Network, University of Khartoum Chapter, she has been able to support graduation projects for engineering students in their final year by providing mentorship and research materials. After graduation, she volunteered with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Community (IEC) as an outreach coordinator and then as a data analyst, attracting organizations, young innovators and investors. As a data analyst, she and her team concluded that the lack of understanding of the market and the needed solutions, are the major issues facing Entrepreneurship in Sudan. This is causing a great need for data scientists in Sudan.

      Eithar’s ultimate goal is to start a data science consultancy office in Sudan to help young innovators build stronger business models and make a better understanding of the market. She is confident that a Masters of Data Science at UBC will provide her with not only the technical skills, but also the soft skills she will always need to be successful. Challenging herself by living in a completely different environment and working side by side with people from different cultures, will polish her leadership and communication skills, and ultimately help her acquire new perspectives.

    • Uchechukwu (Uche) Enwerem

      Faculty of Land & Food Systems

      Uche graduated from the Federal University of Science and Technology Owerri, with a First-Class Honors in Biochemistry. She is described as an intellectually curious and innovative individual, who is passionate about using her talent and time to bring positive impact and serve as an agent of change in her community. She has volunteered to help communities attain sustainable development especially in governance, environmental sustainability, education and food security. Uche is keen about helping youths rediscover themselves. This steered her participation in the National Ideathon competition organized by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund and USAID. She emerged the winner and established her initiative IntroGov. She has conducted over 20 outreach programs and established clubs in schools; inspiring youths to take bold steps towards leadership, civic participation and sustainable community development.

      In addition to her unending zeal for a sustainable community, Uche is passionate about contributing to end hunger (SDG 2). She looks forward to a career path of becoming a successful food safety and quality expert where she hopes to focus on formulating better safe food processing and preservation techniques. She is thrilled to be part of a stimulating environment like UBC where she will be challenged to identify and solve problems relating to food safety and toxicology. She is confident that her Master of Food Science will equip her with skills that are necessary to achieve her academic and professional goals. Uche looks forward to joining the UBC community, experiencing its amazing cultural diversity and driving sustainability on campus through volunteering.

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    • Isaac Gyan

      Faculty of Education

      Isaac is a versatile, highly motivated and enthusiastic person with a strong interest in problem solving. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Design from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi in Ghana. He worked as a Clinical Skills and Simulation Technician, assisting students and lecturers to facilitate learning and teaching. Isaac has been involved in Problem Based Learning / E-learning project for KNUST which was sponsored and mentored by DANIDA. As part of the project, Isaac and his team trained lecturers and students on how to adopt e-learning in studies as well as encouraged lecturers to structure the teaching pedagogy to promote solving challenges in communities. Over the years, Isaac has contributed tremendously in promoting the adoption of e-learning in tertiary educational institutions. As he furthers his education, he hopes to gain more knowledge and contribute positively in promoting education in Ghana and surrounding countries.

      Isaac is very excited about studying in one of the most multicultural cities in the world. He is passionate about how the Department of Education at UBC works deeply to solve global issues. With the available facilities, he believes the skills and knowledge to be gained will prepare him to meet the fast growing demand in Education. This will help in his vision of advancing in academia and advocating for e-learning and improving educational system in Ghana and Africa.

    • Ilemobayo (Bimbo) Abimbola

      Faculty of Forestry

      Bimbo is ambitious, highly organized, result oriented and committed to making the world more sustainable. She obtained a Bachelor degree in Forestry and Wood Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria. Having witnessed the increasing rate of deforestation and degradation of the most diverse single ecological zone in the southern region of Nigeria, Bimbo is particularly interested in sustainable forest resource management, climate change awareness, adaptation strategies and mitigation among the rural communities as she believes the rural farmers are the most vulnerable in developing countries. Her passion for sustainability has made her to be deeply involved in forestry activities. During her undergraduate days, she led a group of students in her department to donate tree seedlings to rural farmers and also, educate them about forestry. She further encouraged them on the need to involve rural women in forestry activities. Recently, Bimbo co-founded an NGO named One Tree Initiative and Research (OTI&R) with the sole aim of training young advocates for interest in forestry and as well, research into subject matters of the 21st century challenges caused by human activities.

      Bimbo sees herself as a researcher that would be involved in reshaping the forestry sub-sector and contribute her quota to sustainable forest resource management. She is excited about studying MSc Forestry at UBC as this would eventually help her reach both her career and personal goals.

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    • Abdullah Jallow

      Faculty of Land & Food Systems

      Jallow, who is described by his lecturers and mentors as very hardworking, patient and committed to excellence, is a recent graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Jallow’s life-long commitment to social responsibility stems from having grown up in Soma; a community in The Gambia where he observed firsthand how dependent households were on small scale farming and trading, but with little return to make ends meet. During his time at KNUST, he embarked on a give-back project called “Agrikafo”. Through Agrikafo, his team of young people established a network of smallholder farmers in his community and introduced them to the idea of union farming and the adoption of “microdosing” amongst other techniques geared toward enhancing their productivity and improving their standard of living.

      It is this drive for the betterment of the developing world that motivates Jallow to join the Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) program at UBC. He believes the program synergizes academic rigor with professionalism, inculcating graduates with the quantitative, analytical and policy analysis skill-set they need to transform the food and resource sector. Through the MFRE graduating project, Abdullah hopes to work closely with policy makers in his country in designing effective policies and setting the stage for a thriving food industry for generations to come. He is most looking forward to connecting well with UBC’s cutting-edge faculty, fellow scholars and exploring the amazing cultural diversity that Vancouver has to offer.

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    • Esther (June) Kiama

      Faculty of Education

      June has a great passion for working with children and she describes herself as ambitious, visionary, balanced and selfless. She graduated from Moi University, Kenya, with a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and primary education-ECPE, emerging the top in her class. She has strong interests in teaching science and mathematics especially within early childhood and primary education sector, in which she has taught as a classroom teacher and a lecturer in ECPE teacher training colleges. During her tenure as a teacher, her personal commitment to research and practice resulted in her working as a health educator through a project entitled- “Promoting Healthy Living Through Schools; PHLTS”. The project promotes healthy living habits to avert preventable lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and other non-communicable diseases among primary school students. This experience motivated her to develop a voluntary health education program in her local community that gives children opportunities to be active in a productive way through science. June aims to provide opportunities for children to engage in innovations, educative and fun activities that are hands-on, focusing on science.

      June believes that in order to strengthen this program, she needs to strengthen her knowledge and skills in science education. This is the reason for her interest in the Masters of Education in Science Education at UBC, as she believes it will help her realize her full potential as a science teacher. June’s greatest excitement about coming to Vancouver is learning amidst a myriad of cultures and experiencing the amazing scenery the country offers. She also looks forward to interacting and networking with the exceptional UBC community with a taste of multi-cultural diversity.

    • Emmanuel (Kofi) Kwarah

      Faculty of Education

      Kofi is a hardworking, intelligent, passionate and self-disciplined person. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Science Education from the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Having being touched by his own experience growing up and studying in rural areas with limited to no learning resources and a shortage of trained teachers, he took it upon himself to support other students in similar disadvantaged situations. After graduating from the teacher education program, he formed a group called “Science Teachers for Rural Areas” with support from like-minded colleagues. Every weekend, they travelled to school districts in rural communities to organize workshops and teaching outreach programs for untrained science teachers and also offer remedial science and mathematics lessons for students in these deprived areas. These workshops were meant to offer pedagogical strategies and ways teachers could improvise science teaching materials using resources readily available in the local environment in place of more sophisticated science materials or equipment which are usually not available or too expensive to purchase.

      Unfortunately, Ghanaian students in rural areas have long been victims of shortage of science teachers and learning resources. Kofi’s desire to pursue a Masters in Science Education would be a step towards bridging the human resource gap. He intends to collaborate with Ghana education services to establish a non-for-profit science learning center to offer workshops and training to teachers in rural areas, who mostly do not have a college education diploma. Kofi is thrilled to be part of UBC’s multicultural community, to share his experience with peers and learn from them. For him, it is a great privilege and honor to be given the opportunity to study at UBC and in a beautiful city like Vancouver located on the traditional, ancestral and unceeded territory of the Musqueam People.

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    • Muthoni Mutung’u

      Sauder School of Business

      Muthoni is described as creative, innovative, kind, adventurous, calm, determined and somewhat humorous. She graduated with honors from the University of Nairobi (UON), with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing). She has now been a Business and Marketing professional for almost 7 years. Over the years, she has undergone various trainings and through Google, receiving a certificate in Digital Advertising. She has previously worked in advertising at Ogilvy & Mather, and ventured into different fields thereafter, such as Brand Management, Business Development and Consulting. After University, she worked on a project to help improve and generate revenue for the department of small and large animal clinic at the University of Nairobi Enterprises and Services Ltd. Through this, she learned that she could help make a difference using her skills in Business and Marketing. She therefore shifted her focus to the arts, for which she developed a passion.

      Muthoni has always been a lover of arts, particularly in Africa. She has previously worked with artisans (tailors, shoe makers, jewelers etc.) and provided consulting for their small businesses, to help them run successful and profitable businesses. Africa is rich in culture and talent, with a vibrant arts industry and she would love to be part of raising its voice further. Through the Sauder MBA, she intends to learn about innovation and technology in entrepreneurship, and through its various resources and networks, she hopes she can further expose and grow this industry globally.

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    • Timilehin (Timmy) Oguntuyaki

      Faculty of Land & Food Systems

      Timmy is an ardent environmental sustainability enthusiast, an environmental geoscientist, and is passionate about education. He is a recent graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria, where he obtained a Bachelor of Technology in Applied Geology with First Class Honors.
      He founded U-excel Initiative in May 2018, an education platform through which he has mentored about 58 undergraduate students to achieve academic excellence. He was the Campus Director of the first edition of Business and Entrepreneurship (BAE) Summit held at FUTA (2017). Since his graduation, the Youth Resource Network, Africa (organizers of BAE Summit) appointed him as the Director of Logistics for the Summit. He has acted in this position on 3 different occasions of the summit in FUTA (2018), JABU (2019) and the University of Ilorin (2019). Altogether, more than 5000 Nigerian youths have been impacted by the program. Reports show that about 1200 businesses have been started and more than 500 existing businesses have been accelerated as a result of the summit.

      As an Environmental scientist, Timmy is concerned about the environmental situation in Southwestern Nigeria, hence his application to the UBC-Master of Land and Water Systems program. He looks forward to getting as much knowledge at UBC, as he would need to contribute to the development of the Southwestern Nigeria.

    • Christabel Okonkwo

      Faculty of Education

      Christabel, received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics Education at the University of Jos. Christabel has taught people of all ages, from preschool kids to adults. She interned at a low income high school, where she saw the need for a better educational system that stewards talents for innovation and development.

      Christabel’s career in education greatly defines her goals. She hopes to play a key role in decision and policy making in Nigeria’s educational system, to incorporate methods of teaching and learning that make learning science enjoyable. Christabel also looks forward to participating in a system that advocates for equality in education regardless of class or social group. Christabel is very excited about coming to UBC, Vancouver because she believes it is another big step towards reaching her goals. She believes that anyone can retrace their steps as long as they are determined to.

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    • Fayokemi (Fayo) Oluwayemi

      Faculty of Land & Food Systems

      Described by her lecturers and supervisors as intelligent, optimistic, and organized, Fayo has always been a bright student. She graduated with a First Class in Agriculture having majored in Soil Science from Landmark University, Omu-aran, Kwara State Nigeria. Despite facing challenges, she has always been determined and committed to achieving excellence. Her passion for nature conservation and volunteer service has made her committed to the development of the agricultural, educational and socio-economic sectors of Nigeria. In the quest to contribute in alleviating poverty and hunger in Nigeria, she was actively involved in a series of community outreach projects governing environment, food and water security particularly programs that support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She was also involved in the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and Making Nigeria Open Defecation Free by 2020 vision (SDGs Goal 6).

      Fayo strongly believes that a Master’s in Land and Water Systems from UBC, will provide her with outstanding skills that would aid in offering risk-based scientific solutions through engaging experiments to securing a global sustainable society upon her return to Nigeria. Her career goal largely focuses on being a Natural Resources Practitioner or Environmental Professional Consultant in terms of community-based agriculture, food and water sustainability. She looks forward to the excellent research facilities, enriching academic faculties as well as global culture and interaction at UBC and Vancouver, Canada as a whole.

    • Marian Orhierhor

      Faculty of Medicine

      Marian is described by her lecturers as being resilient, hardworking, and an innovative person. She obtained her Bachelor in Animal and Environmental Biology from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Nigeria, where she graduated with a first-class honors degree and ranked as the best student in the department. She received the Stephen Oluwole Awokoya foundation award for science education in Nigeria, as a result of her academic achievements. Marian is passionate about contributing her quota to develop society and has volunteered with NGO’s whose mission focuses on human development, she’s also a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) West Africa alumnus. During her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), she volunteered to teach and mentor students to help them excel in their academics, and provided them with writing materials. She was recognized as an outstanding ambassador by the Youth Development Center of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, as she promoted online and offline campaigns to create awareness on the dangers of Irregular Migration. She is the coordinator of an NGO, Humanity Project Africa, and led a team of health professionals to provide free health care services to over 150 people in a rural community in South Nigeria.

      Marian believes a Master’s degree in Public Health at UBC will expose her to advanced knowledge and innovative techniques which will equip her to engage in impact-driven research projects which will provide evidence for decision and policy makers in Nigeria’s health sector, and offer sustainable solutions to Epidemiology-related concerns both locally and internationally. She’s particularly excited about learning from academics who are key players in public health in Canada and beyond. She looks forward to interacting with outstanding scholars and establishing solid social networks for future collaborations.

    • Collins Tawiah

      Faculty of Forestry

      Collins is passionate about forest conservation and completed his BSc Natural Resources Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He has great desire to give back to his community and help support the development of those around him. After seeing the impact a dilapidated roof of a primary school near his community had on students, Collins contributed to its restoration by providing sufficient lumber allowing students to be able to attend classes during rainy seasons.

      Collins is optimistic that through the Master of International Forestry (MIF) at UBC, he will acquire competent knowledge through collaborations with professors, fellow students and scholars who possess various backgrounds and expertise. Upon graduation, Collins envisions rising to the decision-making bodies in forestry and environment and changing the perception of Ghanaians and the sub-region. He would like to make sure that everybody is cognizant of how valuable forests are in our ecosystem and for our survival.

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    • Chidimma Nancy Okoye

      Faculty of Medicine

      Nancy is an ambitious goal-oriented pharmacist, with a growing interests in population and public health. She obtained a Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm), as well as a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) degree at the University of Benin, Benin City (UNIBEN). During her undergraduate studies, she held a leadership position as a congresswoman in the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigerian Students, counselling teenagers prone to drug abuse. She participated actively in an outreach held in Kuje village, Abuja, Nigeria, amidst a team of young pharmacists, supported by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration Control, NAFDAC. She planned outreach programs to adolescents in suburbs of Abuja during which she educated teenagers on topics ranging from personal hygiene to dangers of drug abuse.

      Nancy believes in gaining knowledge and technical skills in disease control and prevention through the Master of Public Health program offered by University of British Columbia. As an aspiring public health professional, she hope to take advantage of the rich Global Health curriculum as well as the prestige of a world-class and socio-culturally diverse learning space with an academically excellent Faculty. She is excited by UBC’s fantastic practicum opportunity which provides a platform for students to integrate classroom learning and practice in a population or public health work environment, to contribute to African Healthcare mandate and address the health problem of Nigerian rural villages.

    • Chimezie Daniel Uzoigwe

      Faculty of Land & Food Systems

      Daniel graduated in 2014 as the best graduating student with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), winning six prizes including the Tony Elumelu Legacy Prize for academic and leadership excellence. He is committed to making a positive impact on people and any community he is part of. At UNIBEN, he founded Project Impact Initiative; a helpdesk that facilitated students’ access to opportunities that would enable them to make impact on campus and the larger society. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Economics Students’ association. Amidst many other volunteer commitments, he has been a United Nations Volunteer since 2013 working online to render technical assistance to NGOs in Africa. Daniel has served as a teaching and research assistant at a University and as an analyst in the management consulting practice of KPMG Professional Services in Lagos. Most recently, he has supported the Global Maritime Crime Programme at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes Country Office in Nigeria.

      Daniel believes that the Master of Food and Resource Economics will equip him with the requisite skills and competencies to contribute in finding solutions to the food and resource challenges facing Nigeria, Africa and the World. While in Vancouver, he hopes to savor the natural beauty of one of the greenest cities in the World. He is excited about coming to UBC and hopes to apply himself to volunteering and building relationships that will form the basis for future partnerships for Africa’s development.

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    • Abdifatah Abdi

      Faculty of Education

      Abdifatah graduated in 2011 from the Islamic University of Technology (IUT) in Bangladesh with a Bachelor of Science in Technical Education in Computer Science and Information Technology. Since then, he has been a lecturer and teacher at various institutions in science-based courses. He worked with the Union of Somali Teacher Advocacy Development on a teacher training project and had the opportunity to volunteer with international organizations such as the Red Cross and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to distribute food, clean water, shelter and medicine to displaced people in refugee camps in the city of Mogadishu. Such unique involvements led him to start thinking about solutions involving basic education for children in his community.

      Abdifatah believes that a Master of Education in Science Education from the University of British Columbia will help refine his existing leadership skills and build upon his current fundamental knowledge of Environmental Education. Abdifatah’s career goals involve poverty reduction, sustainable development and curriculum development. He is committed to establishing the first ever teacher training center in Somalia whereby all new teachers are trained with the required education and skills to succeed in their teaching duties. One of his long term goals is to provide basic education to children with disabilities (blind and deaf) in Somalia by establishing the first ever school of its kind for these children in Somalia by 2022. Abdifatah is also keen on establishing the first ever environmental education awareness Non-Governmental Organization in Somalia with an aim to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues. He hopes that through this initiative, the public will remain informed and equipped with the necessary skills to take responsible action.

    • Emmanuel Adoasi-Ahyiah

      Faculty of Forestry

      Emmanuel recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management as the best student in his Faculty and received the Youth Excellence League (YEL) Award from the Beige Foundation through Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). Throughout Emmanuel’s study, he availed himself to teach colleagues who found it difficult to understand coursework and volunteered to teach and mentor young students in his community to help them excel in their academic work. His undergraduate research concentrated on how forest plant biomass could be used to improve crop growth and yield, and improve soils in small-holder farms in fringe communities of KNUST. Emmanuel participated keenly in community outreaches on sustainable forest and natural resources management, educating people on climate change, food security, ecosystem and biodiversity conservation. His career goals are geared toward forest and natural resource conservation and education, environmental research and lecturing. Fulfilling these goals would enable him to carry out independent scientific and technical research and assessments on forests and natural resources, and propose sustainable solutions to ecosystems and biodiversity problems in Ghana and other developing countries.

      Emmanuel strongly believes pursuing the Master of Science in Forestry program will equip him with the requisite knowledge, skills and expertise, and nurture him into the research scientist and lecturer he aspires to be. He is confident it will further enhance his competence in the development and implementation of sustainable, scientifically based strategies for forest and natural resources management.

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    • Tolulope Afolabi

      Faculty of Forestry

      Tolu is described as intelligent, diligent and eager by her supervisors. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) in Nigeria in Forestry and Wood Technology and graduated as the best student in her class.

      Tolu has taken part in various experiences which further fueled her passion for Forestry and wanting to be part of the solution for Nigeria and Africa. These experiences include not only her studies and the field work involved, but also her industrial training at the Forest Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), as well as the attending the first conference of the Commonwealth Forestry Association, Nigeria Chapter on Forestry in Nigeria. Tolu intends to contribute in meeting both the intellectual and social needs of her country by educating more people around the importance of forests. Tolu is enthusiastic about pursuing her Masters of Science in Forestry at the University of British Columbia because of the capacity, technology and resources available at UBC to deepen her knowledge in the field. Her future goal is to build a career in the Environmental and Natural Resources sector.

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    • Samuel Ayanleye

      Faculty of Forestry

      Sam describes himself as a passionate youth with strong interests in agricultural development, environmental conservation, values-based leadership, and community development. Sam’s dedication to helping communities through improving their livelihood led him to join numerous community organizations and NGOs, such as the Nigerian Environmental Conservation Organization, Nigerian Society for Environmental Conservation, Nigeria Young Professionals for Agricultural Development, Gemstone Nation Builders Network, and Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network. He is also a Core Member of ProtectOzone which is focused on improving the livelihood of marginalized people in Nigeria and the Africa continent. This zeal for giveback also drove him to co-found his own initiative committed to forestry education, climate change campaigns, tree tagging and agroforestry, called Edenworld Initiative.

      Sam chose UBC for its hi-tech facilities and renowned forestry and wood science disciplines. He believes his pursuit of the MSc in Wood Science will allow him to explore and work with the newest technologies in wood science for research, and will help him comprehend how wood can be appreciated, managed and used as a pathway for fair and sustainable development. His research will focus on the application of Non-destructive technologies in evaluating the properties of Softwoods in North America. He will be using Non-destructive technologies like Near Infrared Spectroscopy and Stress wave technology in predicting the properties of Popular Softwoods (Western hemlock and Douglas-fir) in North America and understand how these technologies can be beneficial to the wood industry. Ultimately, Sam wants to be part of the solution for many problems facing his home country of Nigeria and the African continent as a whole.

    • Adolphus Bassey

      Sauder School of Business

      Adolphus is described as cheerful, respectful, tenacious, innovative, and humble. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the American University of Nigeria in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering. He is passionate about technology and learning new ways to be innovative evident in his community involvement. In college, he wrote code for Mobile Doctor; a mobile and web application that provides health and maternity care tips and consultation forums as an alternative avenue for medical consultation. He recently started volunteering at an initiative called Visit a Hospital Today where he contributed to raising funds to assist patients in selected rural areas in Lagos state with their hospital bills. He also volunteers at Aquaphil Foundation, a family owned charity initiative to help rehabilitate educational institutions in the community of Odukpani, Cross River State, Nigeria. In the past few years, he has contributed to building a high school in the hometown of Odukpani, Cross River State to improve access to education.

      Adolphus hopes to apply his experience at Sauder to grow Codaas Tech, a software development house focused on providing technical solutions to address healthcare, security and other problems common in Africa. Leveraging Sauder’s global alumni network, he plans to navigate the African market to introduce Codaas Tech’s pioneer project, AutoDoc – an application that connects car owners with auto-repairers in order to address the security issues that stem from inaccessibility of mechanics. He believes Sauder’s MBA would equip him with business strategies and leadership skills which will be instrumental in achieving his dreams.

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    • Disann Katende

      Faculty of Medicine

      Disan would describe himself as resilient, versatile, dynamic, and friendly. His extensive field experience in emergency nutrition responses, maternal and child nutrition, has taught Disan to appreciate the spirit of give-back and its impact on the lives of others. This same spirit led him to co- found Apt Nutriconsult- a consulting firm dedicated to fighting hunger and malnutrition by empowering the most vulnerable communities with best practices on WASH, optimal nutrition, and sustainable land use. Disan believes Sub-Saharan Africa needs reliable public health leadership to provide multi-sectorial approaches including sustainable land and water management to eradicate malnutrition. Through the Master of Public Health program at UBC, he intends to broaden his understanding of the intricate relationship between the environment, health and nutrition in the etiology and prevention of diseases. He describes UBC as a multi-cultural and collaborative ecosystem with a rich history of excellence in academics and scientific research thus a hot spot for innovations.

      Upon graduation, Disan aspires to use his skills to strengthen health and nutrition governance as well as the technical capacity of local authorities in rural areas to improve maternal, newborn and child health through nutrition and food security. This will entail; monitoring famine early warning systems and guiding timely corrective action to avert the severity and crisis from anticipated food scarcity. Additionally, he hopes to support hunger prone communities to establish robust nutrition surveillance systems that allow for; timely active case finding and referral of malnourished patients for rehabilitation, thus reducing linked deaths and illnesses.

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    • Balanding Manneh

      Faculty of Medicine

      Balanding has made a life-long commitment to getting more knowledgeable on the topics of malnutrition, hunger, and disease. Balanding is a recent graduate of Arizona State University, where he pursed an honors degree in Biological Sciences (Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology) and a minor in Sustainability. He is described by his supervisors as being immensely talented, hardworking, and passionate. His strong commitment to alleviate poverty and hunger stems from his personal experience growing up in the Gambia. This motivated him to get heavily involved in various projects and organizations as well as establish his own organization in 2014 focused on helping rural farmers in the Gambia fight hunger and poverty through agriculture, called Rural Impact. In recognition of his effort, Balanding was awarded the President William Jefferson Clinton Global Hunger Leadership Award by Stop Hunger Now in 2016.

      In pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) at UBC, Balanding hopes to explore and understand how to better promote and contribute to the public health sector in his community and around the world. He is looking forward to participating in a practicum which will give him a chance to apply the concepts and theories learned in the classroom.

    • Mtise Mwanza

      Sauder School of Business

      From a young age, Mtise realized that health is the most critical element to progress and vitality in life. Through various childhood experiences and disparities in her community, her interest in ensuring health, especially women’s health, developed. Mtise’s interests led her to pursue an undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College in Biochemistry with a certificate in Culture, Health and Science. Her dream is to alleviate health burdens by building and managing a healthcare venture focusing on reproductive and sexual health in her home country of Zambia. She is confident that an MBA at UBC will provide her with the guidance and support to develop skills needed to build creative solutions to Zambia’s health challenges. According to Mtise, UBC develops principled innovative world-changers and she is determined to become one of them.

      Mtise is looking forward to enjoying Vancouver’s beautiful landscape by visiting UBC’s Botanical Garden and taking on the Grouse Grind. To satisfy her love for organic and fresh food nutrition, she is also anticipating many visits to farmers’markets. Mtise is excited to meet her diverse MBA cohort, going on hikes and experiencing Vancouver’s local cuisine. She is looking forward to participating in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship club and utilizing technology to improve lives in Africa and beyond.

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    • Chidubem Ekpereamaka Okechukwu

      Faculty of Medicine

      Chidubem (Dubem) is a trained medical doctor whose passion was sparked after witnessing the impact the lack of medical doctors had in her community. She obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), where she volunteered with organizations that provide free health services to rural communities. During her undergraduate studies, she served as the Vice President of Medix Frontiers, UNN chapter, leading campaigns to provide free basic health services to these underserved communities. More recently, Dubem led a team of healthcare professionals to provide basic medical services including screening and early detection of some common ailments such as malaria, and diabetes in a rural community in Southwestern Nigeria.

      Dubem believes that the interdisciplinary approach to community engagement coupled with the qualitative and quantitative approaches that Masters in Public Health at the University of British Columbia provides, will empower her with the skills and knowledge to effectively navigate and proffer solutions to the problem of poor healthcare and female genital mutilation. Dubem is particularly excited about the hands-on training approach to public health at UBC. She hopes to acquire knowledge to contribute to drafting a well-rounded and ethically-sound national protocol aimed at improving the health outcome of the poor. Dubem is excited to join the community of outstanding scholars and change makers in one of the world’s best universities. She is excited to learn how Canada has been able to improve and maintain its excellent public health indices over the years and how to prepare herself to contribute to change in Africa.

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    • Samuel Adeyanju

      Faculty of Forestry

      Despite the distraction of financial hardship, Samuel performed at the highest level in each stage of his education, allowing him to “see a glorious future ahead coupled with his passion, hard work and commitment to achieve greatness.”  In addition to his commitment to academics, Samuel also involves himself with community service through his role as the founder and lead volunteer of his own NGO, Pace Impact Initiative. In the past year, this organization has been able to train 200 young people in two communities on academic excellence, leadership and skill acquisition, allowing participants to leverage their knowledge and skills to impact their communities. Samuel believes that the biggest impacts come from educating youth with real world skills; as a result, he has committed his time outside of the Pace Impact Initiative to volunteer with other NGOs that focus on leadership, youth capacity building, rural development and entrepreneurship – areas where he finds passion.

      Samuel aspires to build a career in the environmental and natural resources sectors. His MSc research thesis will be looking at specific problems associated with forest policy in Nigeria and ultimately offer solutions to such problems through facilitating consultations with all stakeholders in the forestry sector. As he prepares for his time at UBC, he reminds himself that there are bound to be distractions, difficulties or discouragement along the way; however, only those who persist in the pursuit of their dreams will achieve greatness.