Alumni

Undergraduate Class of 2021

  • Brandon Bwanakocha

    Faculty of Applied Science

    Referring to himself as the “tenacious and unstoppable African honey badger” when reflecting on his determination to overcome financial obstacles when his sponsored funding was cut, Brandon is recognized by his teachers and counsellors as a “bright, determined, and hardworking young man”. Brandon excelled in his academics and consistently achieved top grades. His achievements were also recognized nationally as one of 35 students who were selected into the United States Student Achievers Program (USAP). Outside of his work and studies, Brandon spends his time volunteering at the Chiedza Child Care Center where volunteers to teach Chess to orphaned and economically disadvantaged children.

    Concerned by the inefficiencies of power in his country, through his study of electrical engineering at UBC, he hopes to eventually learn of power systems designing to create inexpensive and more efficient ways to generate and transmit electricity in Zimbabwe.

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  • Ahmed Faiz Hassan Hussein

    Faculty of Arts

    Growing up in Nairobi, Ahmed stepped out of his comfort zone and seized a range of opportunities available at a United World College, after successfully applying to join the UWC Adriatic in Italy in 2015.  During his time in Nairobi, he was a part of various extra-curricular activities taking up roles such as the chair for the East African MUN for four years, school prefect, and a scout leader and St. John’s Ambulance First Aider.

    Ahmed is highly ambitious and motivated, and dreams of building a better Kenya. Concerned about corruption and poor leadership in his country, he hopes his education at UBC will allow him to gain skills to improve Kenya and lead the Kenyan people. With his degree in Economics, he specifically hopes to understand the economic situation in Kenya, and to become more aware of how the world works.

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  • Moses Kirathe

    Sauder School of Business

    At his school at St. Mary’s Secondary School, he was one of the top performers in his classes, achieving the Top Achievers Award for scoring an A average in the Kenya National Exams, and recognized by his teachers for his engaged participation in class. Moses involved himself in sports and extracurriculars as well, participating in tournaments in table tennis and founding a roller skaters club called “Limuru Roller Skaters Club” where they practice on the weekends.

    As an emerging entrepreneur, Moses sees the many ways for IT to improve the lives of people in his country. Highlighting the inefficiencies in business operations in his country, he hopes his degree in Business at UBC will help him to develop IT solutions that will allow automation of simple tasks to help the growth of small and medium enterprises. He also envisions an online education platform that will allow better accessibility to education and help reduce unemployment among youth. So far he has developed “Afriemerge”, a medical mobile application that enables users to learn basic first aid skills.

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  • Kumbirai (Trish) Kujeke

    Faculty of Land & Food Systems

    Kumbirai, or Trish as she is fondly called, is described as a “compassionate, intelligent, self-motivated, and focused young lady.” In 2015, as a result of her strong performance in the sciences and Math, Trish was nominated by the Principal to attend WiSci Girls STEAM Camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) in Rwanda—a girls’ camp about leadership and advocacy in the STEAM field for young women. While she is an outstanding student in the classroom, her engagements are also well recognized in her extra-curricular activities. She dedicates her time to helping the community through working with four other students to start initiatives such as her fashion enterprise to employ the less privileged youths with vocational skills in sewing or visiting the orphanage once a week to help with the children’s homework. She has also represented her school as a top tennis player and high jump athlete.

    Through her Bachelor of Science degree in Global Health & Nutrition, Trish will gain a deeper understanding of the social determinants of health and later, pursue a career path that will enable her to influence health and social policy. She hopes to join forces with like-minded individuals to dismantle the barriers faced by minority groups as they attempt to reach their full health potential. Trish is also passionate about the development of her country of origin, Zimbabwe, and hopes to be at the forefront of alleviating food insecurity and poverty.

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  • Arlena Musinga

    Faculty of Applied Science

    Actively creating opportunities for herself, she joined Mt. St. Mary’s Namagunga School for her Advanced Levels on a two-year bursary that recognized her exceptional academic performance in her Ordinary Levels. She has achieved numerous awards in a variety of subjects, in particular she demonstrates strengths in mathematics as she received first place in the National Mathematics Contest in 2013.

    Concerned about the issues of education especially for young girls, since completing her A-Levels in 2014, Arlena has been involved volunteering at Support Girl Child Education Foundation helping to support and mentor young girls to continue their education. As the first girl to have completed her Advanced Levels successfully from her village, she works as a motivational speaker and as a role-model to inspire youth in her rural village. Through studying engineering at UBC, she hopes to improve and innovate the bridge and dam construction in Uganda. She envisions that her degree will allow her to explore the opportunities to encourage extension of clean water in the rural areas through advanced water treatment and water supply and distribution measures.

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  • M. Fred Mutangana

    Faculty of Forestry

    Described as “intellectually gifted and proactive”, M. Fred has lifted himself from a difficult upbringing and has thrived in his academics and his community involvements at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda. He ranked first out of 16 students in his combination of Math, Physics, and Computer Science, and earned the second highest possible score on Rwanda’s high school graduation test.

    Realizing his weakness in English, he founded the debate club at his school as a way for him to practice his English skills, and helping his peers to improve as well. His initiative has proven to be successful, as his team has developed into confident English speakers winning the 2015 East African Debate Championship. Demonstrating his qualities as a leader, M. Fred has also been involved in community initiatives as Secretary of Gender in his Student Government as well as a participant in community service programs to make education more accessible to poor youths and female students. With his Bachelor’s degree at UBC, M.Fred hopes to continue to make a difference in people’s lives; to help the vulnerable through infrastructural restructuring that will allow them to access various services such as education and employment.

  • Jovin Shumbusho

    Faculty of Arts

    Joining one of the top elite schools in Tanzania on a full scholarship for the two year International ‘A’ Level Program at Haven of Peace Academy (HOPAC), Jovin has thrived as one of the top scholarship students HOPAC has ever accepted. Especially strong in Math, Jovin has achieved numerous academic awards, most notably achieving the highest mark in the world in AS Business in the Cambridge International Examinations.

    Jovin took advantage of the opportunities at HOPAC to explore ways to serve others. He took leadership in a wide-range of extra-curricular and community service activities such as Class Representative for his student council, Club Leader of Rotary International Club, a Teacher at a local government school, and helping and interacting with young Tanzanian men at Changamoto Rehabilitation Centre who struggle with drug addiction and dependency issues. Jovin envisions his degree at UBC will “enable [him] to pursue a career working closely with Tanzania’s government as a future policymaker.” He hopes to be equipped with the knowledge and experience to “develop the mindset of a committed leader, and positively impacting global communities…in developing countries like [his] own”.

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  • Gretha Teta

    Faculty of Forestry

    Gretha has been described as “talented, driven, and spirited young woman”. As the “Most Outstanding Student in Geography” in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and recognized by her physics teacher as among the top three Physics students in her grade, she maintained an exceptional academic performance throughout high school. Gretha is a well-rounded student, involved in a wide-range of activities outside the classroom. She is a confident leader on the basketball court, a sport she has been involved in since primary.

    Having served Environmental Prefect in 2015, and attending Mining Summer Program in South Dakota School of Mines in 2016, Gretha demonstrates a very deep concern and passion to improve the environmental conditions of her country. She is particularly concerned about issues to do with conservation as she highlights the poor conservation strategies for the rich forests of Nyungwe and Gishwati in Rwanda. She hopes through her Natural Resources Conservation degree at UBC, she will gain the skills to find a solution to Rwanda’s deforestation and conservation issues.

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  • Sabeeha Manji

    Faculty of Arts

    Sabeeha is described as a “multi-dimensional and all-rounded student who performs a multiplicity of tasks with ease”. Her passion for people and community stems from her inspiration, the Aga Khan, a philanthropist and spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims. She strongly believes that coming to UBC will enrich her perception of pluralism. Her drive to be active and cognizant of what she could do to make a difference began with the research she conducted with the Global Encounters International Program. Not only did she come out of this program with a full-merit scholarship, she also found a new personal interest in women’s issues in Kenya.

    She has found the importance of humanitarian and political rights, and hopes to explore her passion of world affairs and foreign policies with her degree in International Relations. Her ultimate goal is to dedicate her life to international relations, and eventually humanitarian law, to develop institutions in her home country of Kenya.

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  • Edward Ssebuliba

    Faculty of Science

    Edward believes that if he wants to see change in Uganda and in Africa as a whole, he will have to initiate it. He has worked tirelessly in his community to improve its conditions. Edward has worked with community schools to teach the children English, Math and basic Science, whilst learning how to clone computers and create interfaces to repair old computers.

    At UBC, Edward is looking to ultimately pursue a career in health or medical sciences. He believes that there are many curable diseases in Uganda that aren’t being treated properly due to the lack of education and health care. He intends on reducing the doctor-patient ratio, and providing access to treatment and decent medical care in remote places in Uganda. Additionally, he hopes that by studying biochemistry, he will improve his analytical skills to eventually identify the causes of various diseases in his country. His nominators are sure that he will bring leadership and academic prowess to our community, and back to Africa upon his return.

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  • Brendon Tankwa

    Faculty of Applied Science

    Despite coming from a family that has faced significant hardships, Brendon has an undying thirst for knowledge and goes out of his way to seek opportunities that would help him grow intellectually. He possesses a genuine zeal for learning and is especially gifted in mathematics, as demonstrated by his first place performance at the National Mathematics Olympiad in 2015. Brendon is determined to use his academic talent to its fullest potential by making the world a better place. His teachers at Petra High School praise him for his selflessness and giving heart and are confident that he will he use his gift to help change Zimbabwe and Africa for the better.
    Brendon’s goal to become an electrical engineer will allow him to realize his vision for his home country of Zimbabwe. He hopes to play an active role in the emerging development of clean electrical energy, particularly in the areas of generation and conservation, to increase productivity of Zimbabwean industries and advance its economy. He is keen to gain expert knowledge at UBC, access the top research facilities and find the energy solutions that will aid Zimbabwe and other countries alike.

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Undergraduate Class of 2020

  • Ashley Nyangani

    Faculty of Arts

    Ashley  wishes to be strong and unwavering in her beliefs, despite the criticism and oppression that women face in her community and country. Ashley aspires to be a fearless individual and hopes to address issues on early child marriage, gender-based violence and gender inequality in the workforce and government.
    When Ashley’s not on the forefront fighting for women’s rights, she can be found raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, a disease that claimed the lives of her parents and grandfather. She sees it as a personal responsibility to share her story, however difficult it is, to educate her peers and encourage conversation.

    Having almost been married off at a young age, Ashley recognizes the gender-based issues that young girls and women face day-to-day in communities in Zimbabwe and Africa. Traditional customs and beliefs that see males in school and females at home or married off to suitors at an early age are issues that Ashley wishes to address. She hopes to pursue a UBC degree in social sciences so she may become a voice for the voiceless and stand for social justice.

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  • Alvin Orori

    Faculty of Arts

    Born and raised in the Kisii Highlands of Kenya, Alvin has a strong desire to study and practice in the diverse field of economics. Alvin, known for his honesty, calmness and kindness, aspires to confront the real problems, such as corruption, poverty and illiteracy, in Kenya.

    Alvin wishes to pursue a degree in Economics to equip him with the knowledge of how to use resources in his village and Kenya more efficiently. He hopes to work in the agricultural sector to find ways to economically benefit the farmers in his country, who have been blessed with fertile soils and rainfall throughout the year. Alvin strongly believes that the leadership qualities he will learn through the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program will help him become the leader he wants to be for his village and his country. He intends on changing his society, one person at a time, starting with himself.

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  • Judith Otiti

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Hailing from Kokolo, a small village in Northern Uganda, Judith is the fifth born of eight children and is the second child to pursue a university degree. Her academic excellence and involvement in her community earned her a full scholarship to the International School of Uganda (ISU).  At ISU, Judith excelled and impressed her teachers with her level of maturity and her seamless transition into a rigorous IB curriculum.  As an advocate for human rights, she presented on issues affecting girls in Uganda such as child marriage, lack of educational opportunities and gender inequality at a meeting attended by members of the United Nations, the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Sports and the Ministry of Health.
    Judith has seen and personally experienced what it means to come from a society where basic needs are not met. She is especially passionate about the health care system and envisions a future where remote communities like hers will gain greater access to higher quality health services. She hopes to pursue a degree in Food, Nutrition and Health, which will equip her with the knowledge and the tools to realize her goals.

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  • Titani Sumasi

    Faculty of Science

    Titani sees herself giving back to the UBC and Vancouver community through dedicating herself to student organizations that engage in volunteer work for education or health initiatives whilst on campus. Eventually when she returns to Zambia, she hopes to build off the Kucetekela Foundation to expand scholarships for students outside of Lusaka, as she wants to create leaders all over Zambia.

    Titani found her passion in the health sector when she volunteered at compound clinics and saw the many challenges that were being faced. The lack of adequate medical personnel often led to premature deaths, and improper education led to breakouts of diseases like typhoid. Titani hopes that a Bachelor’s degree in Science will give her the necessary knowledge to educate her community on preventable diseases and how they can be treated. She eventually hopes to attend medical school, where she dreams of specializing in cardiovascular surgery. With this she hopes to solve the lack of specialist treatments available in Zambia, and treat patients in need in her home country.

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  • Bwalya Kasanda

    Sauder School of Business 

    Bwalya earned scholarships from both The Kucetekela Foundation and Pestalozzi International Village and finished her IB Diploma in the United Kingdom at East Sussex Coast College Hastings. Bwalya has been noted as an insightful and conscientious student, achieving top grades in higher level English Literature.  Naturally, Bwalya’s strong yearning to fight for social justice has inspired her to volunteer for various organizations and causes. Bwalya has worked with the Kalikiliki Literacy Project where she taught over a hundred unschooled children basic Math, English and Science. Bwalya has also volunteered with Pestalozzi’s student program, AFRIKABA (an African- Caribbean integration organization) and the Centre for Infection Disease Research in Zambia.

    Bwalya believes a degree in Commerce will equip her with the analytical, networking, communication and problem-solving skills that will be essential for implementing projects and initiatives to support and empower women in her country. She wishes to become involved in leadership of organizations that have helped her and people like her such as the Kucetekela Foundation.

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  • Emma-Claire Njiki

    Faculty of Applied Science

    Emma-Claire is someone who strongly values persistence and perseverance, as her idol Nelson Mandela did. As Mandela says “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have made it or lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we led”. Emma-Claire similarly, wants to use this mindset to make a difference in the economic and community life of her country. She thrives not only to bring back her education, but to inspire others to help her in her journey towards transforming Cameroon.

    Emma-Claire believes that her degree in Chemical Engineering will help improve the design process and procedure of transforming and transporting materials in her country. Cameroon is heavily dependent on the synthesis and process of chemicals and materials and with her education at UBC, Emma-Claire wants to see a real take-off in the industrialization of Cameroon.

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  • Neema Rimber

    Faculty of Arts

    Neema has proven to be a motivated, curious and diligent student. As a student at St Mary’s School, Nairobi, she emerged as the top student of her International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) graduating class with top marks in Economics, Physics and Environmental Systems and Societies. During her time at St. Mary’s, Neema was an avid participant in many extra-curricular activities including numerous volunteer efforts with children’s’ homes in and out of Nairobi as well as clubs such theatre where she received awards for her performance and commitment and the East Africa Model United Nations where she served as the Senior Chairperson for the Ecology Committee. In her senior year, she assumed the role of Head Girl in her school and exhibited gracious and valuable leadership and mentorship to her peers, which she credits as having taught her the value of service. Passionate about educating ‘tomorrows generation’, she also worked as an intern with EducationUSA- US Embassy Nairobi, under their program to help students from underprivileged backgrounds apply to university. It is clear by her interests that Neema has the desire to apply her educational knowledge into a career that serves her community.

    A Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics will provide her with the knowledge and skillset to pursue a career that serves her community in a variety of ways. She hopes to work with engineers to determine costs and viability of sustainable energy sources with the aim of increasing efficiency and encouraging rural electrification. She is also eager to empower women in her community to rise up and plans on leading by example.

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  • Gisele Umuhoza

    Faculty of Forestry

    Academically, Gisele is a top student who is always challenging herself intellectually by taking and excelling in the hardest combination of courses. In fact, in her senior year, Gisele and two other classmates initiated a project, which saw the installation of a solar-powered irrigation system on their school farm to help increase food production and income in a sustainable and cost-effective way. Equally as important to Gisele is her involvement with the Gashora Health Centre. She was immediately captivated by the stories she heard from the women who had suffered domestic abuse and was determined to take action. Having practiced karate for numerous years, Gisele started a karate club in the hope that it will empower women to stand together against violence. She believes that change can be made as long as we all stand as one and she plans to incorporate this way of life at UBC. With her deep interest for sustainability and renewable energy resources, Gisele hopes to pursue a degree in Natural Resource Conservation at UBC and envisions a future where Rwanda will be able to manage and effectively use sustainable environmental resources to advance the country’s economy.

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  • Luizer Njoki Mburu

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Njoki was born and raised (up to the age of 8) in Ol Rongai village in Nakuru, Kenya. Having lived on her grandparents’ farmland, Njoki came to greatly value land, food systems and community engagement. Even after moving to the city, her passion for the conservation and management of the environment was maintained through participation in environmental project designs such as the annual Innovate Kenya Project Innovation Challenge where she and her teammates were one of nine nation-wide finalists. Throughout Njoki’s time at Precious Blood Secondary School in Nairobi, she was keen on involving herself in clubs such as the Model United Nations where she wrote United-Nations-format resolutions and debated in international gatherings as part of the Ecological Committee. Earning a scholarship from the Robert Bosch Foundation, Njoki attended UWC Robert Bosch College in Freiburg, Germany where she was immersed in not only pursuing her International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma but also in various environmental initiatives such as the annual Convention of Environmental Laureates by the European Environment Foundation. Njoki’s journey at UBC started off with a plan to major in Environmental Science but has ended up with her pursuing Sustainable Development. She aspires to work collaboratively with indigenous communities throughout Sub-Sahara Africa and with intergovernmental and governmental bodies in the creation and successful implementation of Development & Environmental Management Policies.

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  • Racheal Ayugi

    Faculty of Arts

    Raised in the crossroads as a woman standing for her gender’s humanity in a deeply patriarchal society, Rachael is constantly taught that the empowerment of women is “un-African” and sometimes “un-Christian”.  She strives to not only challenge the status quo but to fight for both the liberation of females, as well as the equality of each individual. This passion has driven her to co-find a service group called “La Ninya”, which provides girls in Mombasa with the necessary skills to impart change in their community. In their short three years since establishment, her group has been able to open three forums within local schools. Using her interest in understanding fiscal and monetary policies, Rachael wants to apply her future economics degree and work with the Kenyan government to reduce the country’s trade deficit. She believes the increased reliance on imports is the main reason Kenya is at its lowest exchange rate to date, and wants to use her degree to stabilize and grow their economy.

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  • Shinina Muthiora

    Faculty of Applied Science

    Shinina hopes to create an affordable and efficient healthcare system to help the economically disadvantaged people who don’t have the financial means to access quality healthcare. As an advocate for gender equality, Shinina launched a mentorship program for an all-female school where she shared effective study strategies in preparation for the national level exams in mathematics and physics. She refuses to believe that only males can succeed in the sciences and hopes to break this common notion in Kenya and Africa that engineering is an industry only for males.

    Passionate in improving the healthcare system in Kenya, Shinina hopes to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering so she may one day be part of the designing, manufacturing and maintenance of biomedical equipment in hospitals. Shinina envisions a future of better and greater access to healthcare, especially in rural areas of Kenya and hopes to play an active role in the implementation of various medical techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging.

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  • Sia Jan-Abu

    Faculty of Science

    Originally from Sierra Leone, Sia was selected out of 1000 applicants to join the United World College (UWC) of South East Asia on a full scholarship. Since moving to UWCSEA, Sia is described as a student who has a broad international understanding, who celebrates differences and diversity, is compassionate and has a strong sense of personal responsibility. As a strong believer in the power of education, one of Sia’s goals is to find solutions to improve the education system in her home country. She recognizes that students are unable to complete or access quality education, which she believes translates to high levels of unemployment and poverty. While it will not be an easy task, Sia is confident that she’ll meet like-minded people at UBC, who share the same vision for Sierra Leone and together will work relentlessly to improve the education system for future generations.

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Undergraduate Class of 2019

  • Cassandra Adjetey

    Faculty of Arts

    Above all else, Cassandra is a firm believer in the power of hope. She strives to be a beacon of hope for those who have lost it. She refuses to acknowledge the word “impossible”. As a top student in her class, she was elected prefect and was awarded a government bursary scholarship. Cassandra has been involved in a broad range of activities such as the Future Leaders Club and was a prominent member of the French Club, a singer and aspiring pianist at The Apostolic Church Ghana and a volunteer of the Reach Out Society. Cassandra’s community service and philanthropic efforts are a true testament to her desire to provide hope for those around her.

    Cassandra wants to use her interest and aptitude for mathematics, data analysis and economics to provide constructive financial education to the population of Ghana. She acknowledges the inevitable challenges of pursuing a career as an actuary in Ghana due to traditionalist mindsets and lack of demand. However, it is her wish to offer advice and support to people of all demographics with the hope that they can grow businesses, enjoy peace of mind and retire with confidence.

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  • Eddie Amaitum

    Faculty of Arts

    Eddie Amaitum strongly believes that Africa’s youth are key to finding solutions to some of the continent’s pressing challenges and must actively be engaged in its transformation. Seeking to empower other youth, he co-published a book titled Glow Within, and founded Achieve Uganda, a community program focused on supporting underprivileged young people through entrepreneurship. Under Eddie’s leadership, Achieve Uganda has expanded to the entire community, with program alumni setting up businesses and taking on community leadership roles. He is also deeply passionate about entrepreneurship, education and the environment. While attending St. Maria Goretti Secondary School in Mpigi, Uganda, Eddie volunteered extensively, spearheading the “Go Green Project” which focused on tree planting as a conservation strategy, and taking on a peer counselling role that included HIV/AIDS prevention and substance abuse.

    Eddie hopes to set up a company to contribute to his country’s economy and support youth through job creation and skills-building. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia.

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  • Anagabah Sally Asu

    Faculty of Forestry

    For Sally, the transition from her school in Cameroon to the world renowned African Leadership Academy (ALA) in South Africa was a monumental leap in her academic journey. The combination of Sally’s strong sense of social awareness and natural talent for studying the sciences has shaped her into a uniquely insightful student – something that is greatly exemplified by her leadership at Agrinovation, a social enterprise aimed at providing healthy and organically grown produce to the community. Outside the classroom, Sally was a star middle blocker on her competitive volleyball team at the ALA. Sally has set tremendous goals for her country and for herself. She plans on combining her passion for change with the technical training she will receive at UBC to combat hunger, disease and improve life expectancy in her community. Her mission is to eventually build at least fifty five well-equipped research laboratories in Africa to conduct research on agriculture and pandemic research.

    Currently enrolled into UBC’s prestigious Faculty of Forestry, she hopes to gain technical skills that will enable her better manage forest resources back in her home country and across the world. She is also keen on the issue of sustainability and how managing resources effectively could have a tremendous impact on climate change. Her mission is to eventually set-up well-equipped labs in forest rich areas around Africa where good forest practices can be prototyped and then adapted widely.

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  • Lemlem Taye Degefie

    Faculty of Science

    Lemlem is both a passionate advocate and grateful beneficiary of the power of education. Her tenacity for learning paid off when she was awarded a scholarship to study at Sanford International School, where she became a top student. Lemlem ranked in the top three students at her school; and continued to pour her entirety into her studies despite having to brave a two hour commute each day in addition to her busy schoolwork schedule. Teachers have commended Lemlem for her immense talent for science and mathematics and have remarked her incredible work ethic. Lemlem also has been selected as one of the Yale Young African scholar to attend a high-intensity academic and leadership program designed for African students. Receiving this scholarship was the most meaningful inspirational moment she had where she attended different workshops, discussion lessons and seminars about issues that Africa is facing such as effect of GMO food and Foreign Aid in Africa. Lemlem was also involved with the Society for Women and Aids in Africa, as well as the Gender Club at her school. She is passionate about empowering and educating women about rights, health and freedom.

    Lemlem is excited to be studying Science at UBC. She hopes to continue advocating education, while directing her studies towards health, disease and medicine. Lemlem’s personal goal is to raise awareness in society to address issues in her home country of Ethiopia, like AIDS research, mortality rate, poverty and job creation.

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  • Mariam Eji-Lasisi

    Faculty of Science

    Despite facing a number of financial and struggles throughout her schooling, Mariam’s goals for academic excellence and community service are crystal clear. Overcoming both financial and familial obstacles, Mariam earned a scholarship to study at Corona Secondary School for her brilliance and spirit. In the classroom, Mariam performed at an extremely high level, winning awards for her achievements in Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Information Technology.  Before coming to UBC, Mariam was involved in her school’s social initiative: Challenge 2020, a way for young individuals to identify and address socio-economic and environmental issues in the community. Mariam organized educational seminars and presented research about sustainability, global warming and the government’s role in these issues.

    A Bachelor of Science degree will provide Mariam with the knowledge and skillset to pursue further studies – and eventually a career – in health and medicine. Mariam’s longtime goal is to open clinics that provide adequate healthcare for her community. She recognizes a need for change in the health care system and strives to return home to be the catalyst of this change.

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  • Brian Kiiza

    Faculty of Arts

    Brian’s academic career has been funded by a series of merit based scholarships; his work ethic and academic performance earned him a place at the International School of Uganda. Brian excelled at Chemistry and Mathematics, earning top marks for both these subjects while showing a keen interest in application and innovation. Brian also showed much interest in the realms of debate and public speaking through his involvement with the East Africa Model United Nations. He was chosen to attend a parliament meeting, where he presented a speech on the abhorrent issue of infant sacrifice, a cause for which he has shown passionate activism. Brian was a leader in a tree-planting initiative at his school, as well as a break-dancer and mural artist.

    Brian’s wish to pursue a degree in Computer Science and Economics is indicative of his desire to provide solutions and motivation for his community. He believes that development is possible through sound leadership, education and resource management. Brian will work to end the poverty cycle in Uganda by implementing strategies for energy conservation, agricultural innovation and sustainability.

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  • Protus Lang’at

    Faculty of Arts

    In the classroom, Protus has demonstrated great knowledge and promise in Sciences, Mathematics and Economics. He was given an opportunity to intern at Equity Bank-Kenya as a result of his extraordinary performance where he developed skills in economics, finance and  client relations in the work environment. As a result, Protus is deeply passionate about pursuing studies in economics. He was also an active participant in Freedom From Hunger Walk where he had the opportunity to fight chronic hunger in Kenya.  He mentored high school graduates at Equity African Leaders Program (EALP) before coming to UBC.

    It is Protus’ belief that underprivileged regions in Kenya do not lack potential, but rather people. He hopes to study micro-finance in order to devise long lasting solutions to poverty. He believes in using men and women to their fullest potential and reducing the trepidation and uncertainties of cash management and small businesses. He is also excited about the prospect of collaboration and recognizes the need for camaraderie and teamwork in a project like this.

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  • Tadiwanashe Keith Macheka

    Faculty of Applied Science

    Tadiwa earned a scholarship at the Harare International School to complete an IB Diploma. Tadiwa has shown talent in multiple areas of academic study, earning praises for both his work in the sciences and humanities. Tadiwa’s desire for community service exceeds the walls of his school. As a result of the family struggles in his adolescence, Tadiwa was inspired to become a prominent member of the Interact Club, a local chapter of the Rotary Club. As treasurer, he took on the responsibility of financial allocation and leadership, and focused particularly on fundraising efforts and charity projects.

    A Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering will equip Tadiwa with the skills to continue serving the people of his country. As a well-rounded individual, there is no doubt that Tadiwa will take a cross-disciplinary, multi-faceted approach at addressing community issues such as hunger, shelter, medical services and economics.  Tadiwa’s goal is to provide solutions for Zimbabwe to optimize their resources and make sustainable economic decisions that will benefit the land and people.

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  • Prudence Nakawooya

    Faculty of Applied Science

    In the classroom, Prudence has been praised and rewarded for her elite academic achievements. In addition to her prowess in physics and math, she has a special interest in finance and accounting studies. She has been known to take leadership in class discussions and assume the role of a mentor to her peers. Prudence was a leader in both the Writers Club and Science Club at her school. In addition to event coordination and financial planning, Prudence took the time to encourage fellow members of these groups to improve their skills. Prudence has served as a coordinator for the Young Christian Society which focused on outreach and service events such as educating and feeding children from underprivileged areas.

    Prudence believes that Civil Engineering will allow her to combine her academic interests with her vision for the community. She is determined to use her expertise to improve physical surroundings create opportunities for economic and social improvement in her home country. She is also focused on a goal to further her knowledge of financial management, an area of interest she also hopes to incorporate into her hopes for the Uganda’s future.

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  • Shazmeen Omar

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Throughout the completion of her IB Diploma, Shazmeen has excelled in Biology, earning top grades in the subject. Shazmeen also has a gift for Language, Composition and Literature and she is an avid debater and has been recognized as an outstanding public speaker. Beyond the realms of academia, Shazmeen has shown significant commitment to health and community related initiatives. She was he co-organizer of the “Fresh Juice for Fresh Paint” Campaign, an event at which she sold fresh juice to raise awareness and funds for the bad living conditions of orphanages around the city. Shazmeen was also a frequent volunteer at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute to assist kitchen staff in packing and delivering meals to patients.

    Shazmeen’s love for her community will be a driving force as she pursues her career in Health and Nutrition. Shazmeen wants to bring about change in neglected areas like her birthplace of Newala – a small district in south Tanzania – by creating awareness to help the locals understand the importance of a balanced diet. She envisions working in a medical institution, implementing nutritional education programs and working in the Ministry of Health of Tanzania to impact food laws.

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  • Agnes (Aggie) Ouko

    Faculty of Science

    Agnes has been praised for her intellectual curiosity and academic integrity and has excelled in a variety of subjects: English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Outside the classroom, Agnes served as a mentor with Wings to Fly, an organization which is part of the Equity Group Foundation. Agnes was inspired and motivated by her troubled past to provide academic and emotional support to those in difficult situations similar to her own. In addition, Agnes was a volunteer at her church and was involved with their outreach program for orphaned children with HIV/AIDS. Besides her volunteer endeavors, Agnes has shown interest and aptitude for extra-curricular science projects, athletics and environmental work. Agnes is well aware of Kenya’s challenges in the realm of technological development. She cites the 2013 election – which saw an attempted implantation of an electronic voting system – as a prime example of these challenges.

    Agnes hopes to use the expertise gained from a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science to move Kenya into the right direction. She plans to work for the Kenyan government to advocate and facilitate technological growth. She is excited at the opportunity to educate young computer scientists in Kenya and provide them with wholesome and applicable instruction.

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  • Sharon Shamuyarira

    Sauder School of Business

    As a student, Sharon won a full scholarship to attend Harare International School, from which she earned her IB Diploma and was named Salutatorian. During the IB program, Sharon showed immense critical thinking and writing skills especially in business management which she takes great interest. Taking advantage of her time at Harare, Sharon immersed herself in the extra-curricular activities. Sharon wrote for her school newspaper and served as treasurer of the student council. Sharon has been heavily involved in service for the disabled, elderly and underprivileged. She has represented her school in the National Junior Parliament and served as President of the Interact Club receiving an Outstanding Service Award.

    At UBC, Sharon is enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program with the aim to acquire business management knowledge to work locally to develop strategies for economic growth, and in particular, empower young women in business through the South African Development Community. She wants to focus on job creation for women in her region and devise a program to provide loans for female entrepreneurs.

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  • Left to Right: Cassandra Adjetey, Mariam Eji-Lasisi, Shazmeen Omar, Brian Bizza, Agnes Ouko, Protus Lang’at, Tadiwa Macheke, Prudence Nakawooya, Sharon Shamuyaria, Lemlem Degefie, Sally Asu- MCF Graduation Celebration 2019

Undergraduate Class of 2018

  • Lynnet Akech

    Faculty of Arts

    Lynnet’s excellent academic performance earned her a Constituency Bursary to attend the Alliance Girls School in Kenya.  As straight-A student, she was consistently ranked among the top students throughout her four years at secondary school, and sees her attendance at UBC as a symbol of hope for girls like herself, who were raised in slums and faced many barriers to education.  Akech’s extra-curricular record reflects her passion for helping her community.  She was a member of the Akinah organization, comprised of 20 girls, whose main focus is to collect materials from members of the community to donate to a local children’s home.  She was an active member of the Kenya Red Cross Society, where she participated in educating her community on disaster management and aversion, and helped to provide shelter and clothing to people living in Kenya’s slums.  Lynnet is studying Economics and pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at UBC.

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  • Ani Nkiru Oluchukwu

    Faculty of Arts

    Ani has grown up in Nigeria, and believes that “there is no greater service than that to a fellow human.”  As a member of Wavecrest Study Centre for Girls and an active participant in her school’s annual holiday charity projects, she visited hospital patients to assist in their daily care, and travelled to impoverished neighbourhoods to provide health products and seminars on hygiene and healthy living.  She has an outstanding academic track record, and was the first student in the history of Rainbow College to score the highest possible score of A1 in English Language, as well as her other courses across Arts and Science.  She served as Head Girl, and earned the title of valedictorian in 2009-10.  Having gained a deeper understanding of economics as an intern at ARM Pensions in Lagos, she believes that poverty must be tackled with unprejudiced social, political, and economic policies and principles.  She hopes to become an economist focused on issues of poverty and inequalities not only in Nigeria, but throughout Africa, impacting the rest of the world.  She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at UBC.

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  • Joseph Banda

    Faculty of Forestry

    Joseph is a graduate of Chizongwe Technical Secondary School in Zambia. His keen interest in forestry and agriculture comes from his experience working to improve his family’s farm yields, as well as working together with members of his village to improve safety and quality of living, especially in the face of challenges posed by heavy rains. He has worked as a Peer Educator focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention education, and organized events for the local community, including inviting doctors to lead seminars in his village. His long-term career goals are to be part of the Zambia Forest Management Board to help improve the management of precious yet limited forestry resources through sustainable development as a key to poverty reduction, enhancing prosperity, and protecting our planet.  After researching UBC’s initiatives in Africa, he feels that pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Forestry at UBC will be an excellent step in achieving his goals.

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  • Libia Niyodusenga

    Faculty of Arts

    Libia is a graduate of Liquidnet High School at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Rwanda.  A self-described curious person, he possesses an unquenchable thirst for knowledge, from academics to agriculture, world-famous natural sites and human-made structures.  Dedicated to sharing his love of learning, Libia volunteered in his community to teach English to primary school students.  He was drawn to UBC because of its excellence in multidisciplinary research, as his own experience with subsistence farming in Rwanda has emphasized the connections between agriculture, malnutrition, economic inflation, and international relations.  He is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at UBC, with a particular interest in economics.

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  • Juma Orach

    Faculty of Science

    Fundamentally driven by the belief that “There is simply no greater, nobler purpose to science than the preservation of life”; Juma has been fascinated with Health sciences and research since childhood. He began conducting his own research on elementary Microbiology and Geology as a hobby. Later on at St Mary’s College Kisubi, he become involved in the Science and Technology Innovations Challenge in his home country of Uganda. Responding to needs in his own community, he designed an artificially intelligent robotics project (HYDRA 256) that focused on curbing water-borne diseases and solving other water-related issues. Academically driven, he emerged as the top student in O and A Levels while attending St Mary’s College Kisubi, and regularly wrote informative health articles for the school’s magazine. He looks forward to studying in an internationally renowned institution, stating that UBC’s outstanding facilities are only matched by his own enthusiasm for innovation, research, and overall passion for science. Juma is pursuing a Bachelor of Science, focussing on Microbiology and Immunology with the ultimate goal of one day becoming a doctor.

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  • Akua (Nana) Sakyi

    Faculty of Arts

    There is an African Proverb that says “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Akua’s time at UBC has been a reminiscent of this proverb. At UBC, she has been involved in various extracurricular activities such as being the VP Finance of the Africa Awareness Initiative, a student run organization that aims to further the discourse of the African Continent on campus through discussions and conferences. She was also a student leader for UBC Reading Week Community Project, a Residence Advisor, an Assistant at the Chapman Learning Commons and a Community Animator at the Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge Resource Centre, a space where she learned, unlearned and relearned what it means a global citizen. Akua’s involvement and academic performance made her the recipient of the Faculty of Arts International Student Scholarship and International Community Achievement Award (Vancouver campus). She hopes that with a degree in Economics and Mathematics, minor Commerce, she would contribute to the growth of the continent of Africa as an Economist and create a space with after school programs where students are supported to tap into their fullest potential.

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  • Phanes Scotch

    Sauder School of Business

    Scotch graduated from Kisumu Girl’s High School in Kenya, where she spent much of her spare time volunteering with children at the orphanage, a place where she feels most at home.  Her passion for community involvement has led her to work with the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in the registration of voters during the general election process.  She was highly involved with the March 2013 Kenyan Elections where she registered voters, made registration cards, delivered daily reports, and actively encouraged everyone to participate in the election process.  Scotch is passionate about business and entrepreneurship, and her long-term career goals are to become a finance executive and run her own business.  She acknowledges the difficulties of the environment where she grew up, and is confident that her UBC education will allow her to become an excellent entrepreneur, capable of identifying and filling market gaps while working closely with a network of business partners.  Scotch is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at UBC, and is looking forward to majoring in Finance.

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  • Retsepile Sello

    Faculty of Applied Science

    Retsepile won a competitive scholarship to study at Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa in Swaziland.  She has a great passion for community service, and has been actively involved in initiatives to support the people around her, including the Community Entrepreneurship Development Club, where she offered one-on-one support with a community member in order to establish a successful market.  Retsepile is interested in studying Mining Engineering at UBC, as improving environmental outcomes of mining processes is one of her greatest values.  She hopes to one day start her own company in Lesotho, where she can contribute to her country’s economy and improve the current standards of living.  She is also committed to creating volunteering opportunities for youth in her local community, as she believes there is nothing more rewarding.  Retsepile is pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science at UBC.

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  • Mercy Wanalo

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems 

    Mercy is a Mastercard Foundation Scholar from Kenya. She graduated from UBC with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Nutrition and Health. Mercy is passionate about Global Health and Nutrition and hopes to use her knowledge and experiences to improve health outcomes by informing effective, evidence based policy.  Inspired by her Internship with PATH where she co-authored the very first human milk banking guidelines for Kenya, she hopes to learn more about the policy environment within global health and collaborate on health-related research projects. Mercy is looking for challenging opportunities in the health and nutrition field.

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  • Abenezer Woldehana

    Faculty of Applied Science

    Abenezer is in his final year of Bachelor’s degree in Applied Sciences specializing in Power Systems and Power Electronics Engineering. He was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he successfully completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Sandford International School. Throughout his childhood, he has experienced constant power cuts and power shortage problems due to ill-maintained power distribution and transmission systems across the city. This sparked his interest to study Electrical Engineering to understand the root causes and provide solution. As part of his career development, he interned at Sanergy in Nairobi, Kenya; where he did a feasibility study on various desalination technologies and recommended on how to proceed with liquid waste treatment. He also managed to build a low-cost remote monitoring device from scratch to control key parameters of a Nitrification Reactor. For his second internship, he went back to his home country to work with a team of Engineers at Addis Ababa Institute of Technology on a project that aims to design, prototype and manufacture Electric Vehicles locally. There, he thoroughly investigated technologies that are being used in modern Electric Vehicles focusing on electrical sensors and selected appropriate ones.

    Abenezer plans to use his knowledge and experience acquired throughout his Undergraduate degree to help make positive impact on society. His interests include power systems, power electronics, hardware designing and troubleshooting. He is a curious and  optimistic person.

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  • Left to Right: Lynnet Akech, Ani Nkiru, Joseph Banda, Libia Niyodusenga, Juma Orach, Phanes Scotch, Nana Akua Sakyi, Ret’sepille Sello, Mercy Wanalo, Abenezer Woldehana- MCF Graduation Celebration 2018

Undergraduate Class of 2017

  • Tamara Lottering

    Bachelor in Cognitive Systems, Cognition and Brain

    Faculty of Science

    Tamara comes from the Maru-a-Pula (MaP) school in Botswana, where she completed her secondary education with the support of the renowned Allan Gray Orbis scholarship. Tamara’s values lie in helping her community work together to improve their quality of life. She has exhibited great leadership in school and community initiatives including the MaP recycling team’s efforts to promote a healthier campus, and the “Eduvolunteers” team to tutor students in government-assisted secondary schools. Tamara has given back to her school as a Teacher’s Aide in the Science department and has been commended for her maturity, sincerity and reliability. She believes that “Africa needs innovative and pro-active ‘change-agents’ to overcome its challenges” and seeks to study Public Health to contribute to her country. At UBC, Tamara pursued a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Systems.

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  • Brian Mukeswe

    Bachelor in Electrical Engineering

    Faculty of Applied Science

    At UBC Brian was involved in student leadership as the president of the Africa Awareness Initiative, a student run organization at UBC that promotes inclusive dialogue about Africa on campus; as well as a Community Animator at the Simon K Y Lee Global Lounge, a space on campus that facilitates dialogue and collaboration among globally minded student groups. In addition, he was the Technology Co-chair at the UBC African Business Club, another student led organization that creates a platform for industry professionals and students to discuss enterprise on the African Continent. Brian has been involved in undergraduate research and some of his notable work includes a project aiming to make assistive hearing technologies more accessible and affordable; this research has been the recipient of many awards including the UBC International Service Learning award. Brian also speaks five languages and has a keen interest in effecting social change through entrepreneurship, and using engineering solutions cultivated through his studies in Electrical Engineering and Commerce.

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  • Teboho Sefuthi

    Bachelor in Chemical Engineering

    Faculty of Applied Science

    Teboho is a determined and highly gifted individual, and one of the top students of the Cambridge Overseas School Certificate (COSC) from Lesotho.  He has exhibited high levels of dedication to his academics and is a natural thinker and problem solver. Teboho has been able to apply his interest in chemistry to increase awareness of how the environment and climatic changes affect local farming. He has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture in setting up farming workshops for different communities, and is pursuing Chemical Engineering to expand on his efforts to give back to his country. Teboho believes that small contributions can have major impacts on someone’s life, and dedicates his free time to volunteering at a local orphanage.

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  • Johnston Kirimo

    Bachelor in Business Technology Management

    Sauder School of Business

    Johnston comes from Kilifi, a coastal town north of Mombasa, Kenya. Has pursued a Bachelor of commerce, specializing in Business Technology Management and Accounting, at the UBC Sauder School of Business. During his time at UBC, he participated in the Sauder Social Entrepreneurship (SSE) Program – a four-week program aimed at imparting fundamentals of entrepreneurship to youth living in the slums of Kibera and Mathare in Kenya. He plans to utilize his background in commerce to become a serial entrepreneur and help fellow young people develop an entrepreneurial culture. He strongly believes that entrepreneurship will empower people living in disadvantaged conditions to seek out opportunities that will enable them to be financially free, hence reduce poverty in the country.  This will eventually transform the economy by steering it towards more equitable growth. He has also just completed an internship at the Competition Authority of Kenya, a government body mandated to ensure market efficiency and consumer protection in the country. Outside of school, he enjoys running and playing soccer to stay fit and healthy. He has been involved with UBC Intermural and is a long time member of the Africa Awareness Chiefs soccer team.Johnston is currently working before planning to joining graduate school to pursue an MBA program.

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  • Patrick Munyurangabo

    Bachelor in Food, Nutrition and Health

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Patrick is a motivated and hardworking individual, who, as a member of the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, completed his secondary education with courage, resilience and determination, before coming to UBC. He has been heavily involved in a number of voluntary initiatives that seek to improve the conditions of his community. In high school, he was part of a program called “TIKKUN OLAM”, Hebrew for “Heal the World,” where he helped to secure food, shelter and life insurance for the most vulnerable members of the district. Patrick has continued to support his community through initiatives such as “One Laptop per Child” that teaches children how to use laptops, and “One Acre Fund” that helps farmers increase their yield. After graduation in Bachelor of Science in Land & Food Systems, Patrick will go back to Rwanda to give back all he learned from his time at UBC to his country by working with local farmers as a way to fight hunger and malnutrition.

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  • Four of our undergraduate scholars celebrating their graduation in April 2017.

Graduate Alumni

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Blessing Mangwanda

    Faculty of Forestry

    Blessing is a determined and enthusiastic professional who possesses a drive, self- initiative, and passion for environmental sustainability and climate change. While at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), he co-founded Green Associates, a student club that focuses on raising environmental awareness amongst students and neighboring communities. In 2016 he graduated top of his class with a Dean Honor Award, and a First-Class Bachelor of Science honors degree in Geographical Information Science (GIS) and Earth Observation (EO).

    Blessing is a goal-oriented leader who has demonstrated a strong ethos of giving back. While a student and teaching assistant in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science (GIS and EO Center) at UZ, he worked in partnership with GEF, Oxfam, SAFIRE, and UNDP to break technological barriers, improve environmental management and scale up climate adaptation for smallholder farmers. Among other milestones, his team developed a tailored geo-enabled environmental and climate information system which has impacted more than 5000+ smallholder farmers to date.

    At UBC, Blessing will pursue the Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) program to gain modern technical skills and knowledge needed to better understand environmental regulations, and strategies for innovative, comprehensive environmental management. Blessing plans on starting an organization that will help foster environmental sustainability through improved environmental interventions that will impact Zimbabwe’s rural communities and urban centers. Blessing is also enthusiastic about business development, public health, and data science. In his spare time, he likes to code, dance, and play chess. Blessing is excited about his upcoming studies and being immersed in the community in Vancouver.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

  • Chidimma Nancy Sunday

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

     

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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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  • Ademola Victor Adebayo

    Faculty of Forestry

    Victor describes himself as a young, talented, and hardworking scholar who creates great passion for excellence in all his endeavours irrespective of the surrounding challenges and pressures. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Forestry and Wildlife Management from Federal University of Agriculture and ranked as the only first-class honors student. His earnest desire for impacting and contributing positively to his community stimulated his passion for leadership and extra-curriculum activities. These activities include tutoring and mentorship to students aspiring to improve in academic performance. A recent project he took over and gracefully spearheaded, is a non-profit called ‘Tree Planting Ambassadors (TPA)’. The group embarked on tree planting, training and sensitization projects on desertification control and distribution of free seedlings in various communities in Sokoto state.

    Victor’s ultimate career goal is to become a Professor in the field of Forestry in Nigeria. Furthermore, he has plans to create a non- governmental group that would be actively committed in creating awareness on the need for forest resources conservation. He believes that pursuing a Masters degree in Sustainable Forest Management will not only help him achieve his long term goal, but will also furnish him with necessary skills and knowledge on forest resource conservation, environmental management, forest ecology and climate change control. Furthermore, it will help him to enhance sustainable forest management as well as mitigating the devastating effects of climate change due to over-exploitation of environmental resources. Victor is eager to learn about people’s cultures and lifestyles during his stay in Vancouver.

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  • Goodness Eniola Adesokan

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Goodness is a young graduate from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) in Nigeria where she studied Agricultural and Resource Economics. She describes herself as resilient, assiduous, optimistic, and selfless. Throughout her time at FUTA, she was actively involved in various activities some of which include the Debate Club, Read to Impact Initiative, Pace Impact Initiative, and Face of Agriculture. According to Goodness, pursuing a Master’s Degree in Food and Resource Economics is a step in the right direction to pursuing her long-term objective of joining The Food and Agriculture Organization and leading a spirited team focused on increased agricultural production through harnessing the resources of rural communities in Nigeria and transforming them into revenue for the communities.

    She is most excited about the opportunity to study in a University populated by people with rich cultural backgrounds, outstanding facilities and holistic teaching as she believes these will help her personal and professional development. Goodness enjoys reading, debating and finding ways to help others. She hopes to join various clubs whilst at UBC to further her passions and develop her talents.

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  • Adeola Alle

    Faculty of Forestry

    Adeola holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Ondo State, Nigeria. It is here he came in contact first-hand with problems of inadequate qualitative and quantitative housing and standard of living data in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He also came to realize that achieving a better society, where equal opportunities are made available for everyone, regardless of their socio-cultural or ethnic background, is achievable through dialogue and quality engagements amongst intelligent minds. Adeola’s desire to be part of the solution is what motivates him to pursue the Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management at the University of British Columbia. Whilst at UBC, he hopes to acquire advanced knowledge in a specialized field of Geomatics for Environmental Management, especially under the themes of resilience and socioecological perspectives. Upon completing the MGEM program, he intends to become a sustainability consultant who specializes in using geospatial data in proffering solutions to waste and waste water management issues.

    Above all, Adeola is extremely excited to nurture his passion and talent for debate by getting involved in the UBC Debate Society. He is eager to learn with and from the diverse UBC students, faculty and other Mastercard Scholars.

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  • Samuel Arawu

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Passionate, excellent, determined, ambitious and honest, are just a few words that can be used to describe Arawu. Having grown up in Nigeria, he has witnessed the increasing rate of diabetes cancer and obesity. Arawu’s ultimate goal is to help the poor gain access to quality food, to reduce the disease rate and enhance the lives of Nigerians, and eventually, all Africans. This fueled his interest in pursuing a Masters in Food Science at UBC as he believes it will help him solve the problem of fake food products in Nigeria. In the near future, Arawu hopes to become an accomplished researcher, an asset in decision & policy making in Nigeria’s development process, establish a nutritional-genetic research laboratory in Lagos, and win the Nobel Prize in Health through Innovation along the way.

    Arawu is looking forward to the vast multiculturalism that Vancouver nurtures, and connecting with the outstanding faculty, staff, and colleagues that UBC has to offer.

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  • Olatunbosun Ayetan

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Bosun is described by his supervisors as having a great drive for success as well as being exceptionally intelligent, hardworking, innovative and capable of analytical reasoning. He holds a Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology, in Crop, Soil and Pest Management from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria. During his industrial training at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in 2016, he gained practical experience and theoretical knowledge on plant genetics, plant breeding and biotechnology which matured his desire to build a career in the agricultural and educational sector. Bosun has chosen to pursue a Master of Land and Water Systems at the University of British Columbia to develop the skills and capacity necessary to carry out successful research and contribute to the current body of knowledge in this field. He believes that this program will further position him to propose realistic solutions to some of the problems facing the agricultural sector in Nigeria. He is excited to be a part of UBC’s well- equipped experimental and computational facilities.

    Bosun is thrilled to be part of UBC’s multicultural community and exchange ideas with students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds. He looks forward to gaining invaluable knowledge in and outside the classroom.

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  • Samuel Makinde

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    From a young age, Samuel developed a high interest in reading, teaching and competition. He graduated with First Class with a degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Akure in Nigeria (FUTA). Samuel’s passion for learning and teaching encouraged him to join various youth development organizations to offer teaching and tutoring services in his community. Through his Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) in Adefolorunsho (Tech.) Ventures, Nigeria, he learned how to operate, diagnose and solve problems of machines used in PET bottle production. In 2016, Samuel organized youths in his community to combat malaria infestation and environmental diseases through which he created his non-profit Operation Clean the Environment (OCE). This NGO seeks to clean and educate the youth on preventative measures against malaria. Sam sees himself as a Global citizen with an interest in environmental engineering, food security, hydro technical engineering, groundwater hydrology, water/watershed management, municipal water supply and water policies.

    Samuel believes that Masters of Land and Water Systems from the University of British Columbia will help him play a vital role in solving problems of land degradation caused by tillage activities, food insecurity, low water quantity & quality in Nigeria and the world. After graduation, he hopes to work as a researcher and engineer in Nigeria to give back and enhance global development at large. Samuel is excited to feel the serenity of the green environment in Vancouver as well as to study in the modern facilities available for learning and researching at UBC.

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  • Oloruntobi Muniru

    Faculty of Forestry

    Tobi is very passionate about ensuring sustainable development in Africa through good forest management. During her undergraduate education, she focused on encouraging indigenous people (especially youth) to participate in managing and rejuvenating existing forests, practice agroforestry, and climate-smart agriculture through her involvement with several Agriculture NGO’s in Nigeria. In 2017, she was the program coordinator for the symposium “Deforestation and Climate change, our concern?” organized by the Nigeria Society for Environmental Conservation, FUTA chapter. The program educated 80 young farmers and entrepreneurs in agriculture about how deforestation and climate change affects the agricultural sector, and the ideal response to climate change issues.

    Tobi states “to get solutions to problems, one has to think globally and act locally”. She believes a Master’s degree in Sustainable Forest Management at UBC will help broaden her horizon such that when she returns to Africa, she would be able to offer relevant solutions to problems in forest management and give more informed knowledge about sustainable agriculture to farmers. Tobi is most excited about coming to a city where nature is kept at its best.

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  • Ebere Mercy Okafor

    Faculty of Forestry

    Mercy is a research enthusiast and describes herself as being diligent, honest, and easy going. She recently graduated from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) in Nigeria with a degree in Forestry and Wood Technology. During her final year, she had the opportunity to travel around Nigerian states for ecological assessment of various vegetation types. There, her interest in forestry and remote sensing was kindled and her enthusiasm to contribute to her immediate community grew. She wants to acquire forest management skills and knowledge as she believes that forestry sector in her country needs to be restructured to accommodate new ideas that would ensure sustainable use of available forest resources. For these reasons, she chose to pursue a Master’s degree in Geomatics for Environmental Management at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

    While at UBC, Mercy looks forward to exchanging ideas and learning from her peers, faculty, and staff to help her grow as a forester and as a leader. She looks forward to engaging in intercultural experiences and discovering the natural beauty of Vancouver and British Columbia.

  • Adekunle James Omoboye

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Excellence, Mentorship, Determination, Dexterity and Integrity are the major key words suitable to describe the personality of James. He is a First Class Graduate from Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Nigeria where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry. He has a strong background in Food Chemistry and Food Analysis which has fully furnished him with requisite skills needed for his Masters in Food Science. After graduation, he worked with a vibrant team of researchers on a project “feasibility of incorporating Africa Locust beans into Children staples”, and the research recommends viable means through which protein malnutrition can be addressed amongst African children locally. He has also worked with Deshalom Food Company as a Quality Control intern where he gained top-notch transferable skills. James has been involved in several leadership and community development programmes. Few of such are when he served as the Academic Director of an interdenominational fellowship where he coordinated and organised academic seminars for about 250 students. More so, he served in a community that is about 1000km from his home town for 12 months in 2017 and contributed to the growth and development of the community at various capacities.

    James hopes to maximize his time at the University of British Columbia to learn, explore and translate garnered experience to influence the world in the future. More so, he hopes to acquire technical knowhow and soft skills that would prepare him for a career in academia and industry through his Master of Food Science. He is excited to experience the power of collaboration through sharing and exchange of ideas with his cohort to identify and chart a new course for eradicating Malnutrition, Food Safety and Post Harvest losses in Africa and the world at large.

  • Espoir Tuyisenge

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Espoir is a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Food Industry Management and a minor in Agribusiness and Environmental Sustainability. Having grown up in an area surrounded with malnutrition, food shortages and poverty, he observed first-hand how dependent his community is on agriculture as a primary source of income. This has driven his interest to become a steward of successful African agriculture and food industry. During his undergraduate program, he was heavily involved in research focused on the latter. He has chosen to pursue a graduate program in Food and Resource Economics at the University of British Columbia as he believes it would grant him the opportunity to engage in research on the advanced systems in Food and Economic Resources. Espoir is confident in UBC’s supportive research environment and strong academic support systems. He is determined to return to Sub Saharan Africa and use his experience and research to advocate and help many smallholder farmers. He is interested in research that would study the economic implications for farmer investment in value- added business. He envisions sustainable agriculture production, food and nutrition security on the African continent.

    Espoir is most excited to meet people, experience Canadian culture, and explore UBC’s world-class resources and opportunities. He would like to continue to engage progressively in new challenges and being open to new experiences.

  • Ransford Danny Kofi Buah

    Master of Sustainable Forest Management

    Faculty of Forestry

    Because of the financial hardships he experienced, Kofi has developed a concern for those who live in deprived communities and do not have the privilege of education. He envisages himself as a “philanthropist to bring smiles on the faces of poor underprivileged people in Ghana and Africa.”

    Kofi believes that every successful achievement requires a great amount of determination. His career goal is to become a development-oriented conservation activist, working with research-based groups in the fields of forest and biodiversity conservation, as a way of improving the economy of Ghana and Africa, while ensuring sustainability. The Master of Sustainable Forest Management Program interests him because it focuses on placing conservation attention on forest resources. Motivated by the devastating decrease in Ghana’s natural resources, he is determined to ensure that the forest resources are managed sustainably.

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  • Abia Katimbo

    Master of Land and Water Systems

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Abia is very passionate about helping communities through the provision of solutions using his engineering and interpersonal skills. After completing his undergraduate degree, Abia was recruited as a research assistant at Makerere University to work at Smallholder Fortunes & Thermogenn on a project which helps to understand the market milk value chain in Uganda and also develops milk preservation technologies for smallholder farmers. Working as a research and development engineer, his team developed a unique innovation branded “EvaKuula”, allowing farmers to preserve their milk for longer periods and as a result, doubling their incomes from milk sales. Through interactions with the EvaKuula adopting community, Abia realized that a successful solution is a solution which transforms people’s lives.

    Abia loves his country and communities; he is driven by his desire to help people who need solutions for the problems they are experiencing. After his journey through Northern Uganda, Abia realized that the region is always struck by long and recurrent drought periods due to climate change, without any adaptation strategies put in place to overcome the impacts. Abia plans to pursue a Masters of Land and Water Systems in order to enable him to bring new innovations to this region and aid in the well-being of both people and livestock in this area.

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  • Nkem Melaugha

    Full-time MBA

    Sauder School of Business

    Nkem’s passion for giving back has always been one of her strengths. For volunteer work, she served on a records team that took the information of children in slums who were not in school. These records served as a database for the Slum to School project team in order to seek sponsorships for these children. She also volunteered as a part time accountant at the Irede Foundation, an NGO which provides prostheses for children born with disabilities or who had to have their limbs amputated. From 2013 to date, as part of her personal give back to the community, she assisted small business owners with their everyday business needs for free, specifically in the areas of accounting and finance, marketing and sales, ICT and customer care. Most recently, Nkem worked as an accountant with GTI Microfinance Bank where she linked small business owners to micro and medium term loans. For Nkem, her professional and personal achievements are intertwined.

    Nkem is excited about the opportunity to learn in an environment that not only teaches entrepreneurship and leadership but goes further to link this on a global level. She plans on using her degree to pursue a career as a SME consultant, one who would use this knowledge gained in forming a consultancy for those who need professional business advice and services at an affordable fee. Nkem full heartedly believes in the possibility of Nigeria rising up to be recognized for its industrial, economic, political and socio-cultural activities in the world. She plans to be part of this change in her country and is excited to have the MasterCard Foundation as her ally.

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  • Monicah Namu

    Master in Food Science

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Monicah’s determination to conquer the world can be proven by her continuous academic excellence as an Equity Group Foundation Scholar in Kenya. The most important thing to her is changing the world and for Africa to become a better place for mankind in food security and safety. Monicah is interested in agricultural research, food safety, quality assurance and risk analysis.

    In December 2012, Monicah realized there was a need for action to mitigate the rate of school drop outs and co-founded a youth group by the name MAKE (Mithanduku-ini Aspiration for Knowledge Empowerment). Through her work with MAKE, Monicah realized her passion for academics and has since mentored students in her home village, offered career guidance and acted as a motivational speaker.

    Monicah is pursuing a Masters in Food Science at UBC in order to be in the forefront of academia as a career and to train other Kenyans on the dangers of food poisoning. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and is looking forward to venturing into the Kenyan food industry to ensure food quality is never compromised. She plans to partner her degree with giving back to the community through conducting feeding programs to increase food security during times of drought and famine.

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  • Olivier Ntwali

    Master in Food and Resource Economics

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Olivier comes from a small family farm in the Gatsibo district in Rwanda. Olivier has always been passionate about community development and making positive changes in his society. During his studies at university, Olivier co-founded the National University of Rwanda Agribusiness Association (NURAAS) and as President, created the “After University Program” linking students of agriculture with organizations and government institutions for internships opportunities and career development. In 2013, through joining the Rwanda Organization for Agribusiness Promotion (ROAP), Olivier mentored 25 agricultural cooperatives on farmer entrepreneurship, effective farming practices, and environmental education. In 2015, Olivier came to the realization that rural areas were filled with untapped opportunities and as a result, equipped youth with the tools to help them unlock their opportunities.

    Olivier is excited about the opportunity to come to UBC to get a chance to interact with students from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds. He has experienced firsthand that effort does not always equal return in subsistence farming. Olivier plans to pursue a degree in Master of Food Resource Economics in order to establish an entrepreneurship hub in Rwanda where he will empower and equip local and youth entrepreneurs with business skills and link them to potential investors and financial institutions.

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  • Bamidele Folorusho Oni

    Master in International Forestry

    Faculty of Forestry

    Bamidele is a “tireless teacher and generous with his kindness, working hard to engender a sense of pragmatic stewardship in rural peoples.” After founding an NGO in 2011, Bamidele became a state coordinator for the Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria and a regional representative of the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance. Through this experience, he has developed strong communication and collaboration skills working in partnership with international nonprofits including Plant for the Planet in Germany, Viola in Russia and locally with the Walter Carrington Youth Fellowship Program of the United States Consulate in Nigeria.

    In April 2016, Bamidele coordinated the Step–up Green Initiative, to inform young students across major secondary schools of the impacts of climate change and ecosmart technologies. The goal was to empower youth to be focal points of change within their schools and respective homes while setting an example of how their choices and lifestyles can make a long-term difference. This project allowed Bamidele to create a platform that brought together youth, non-profit institutions, academics and policy makers in ensuring a landmark achievement in eco-sustainable practices.

    Bamidele has been building himself a career path molded by international perspectives on forestry and environment. He plans to pursue a Masters in International Forestry in order to improve his scope on international forest policies, governance and especially in the area of diplomacy and negotiation engagements.

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  • Adebusola Deborah Oyenuga

    Master in Food and Resource Economics

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Growing up in an immediate family of five in the remote and quiet town of Ilaro, Nigeria, Debbie learned the virtues of humanitarianism and leadership from her parents. These virtues ignited a desire to be in a role that allowed her to assist people and empower people towards a path of self-worth and self-sufficiency. Throughout her life, she states that she has had multiple experiences that have taught her “life is like a boomerang, our actions today always catch up with us in the future and a good turn deserves another”. Debbie’s major drive for her personal goals is the need to empower people for sustainability.

    Most recently, she was a member and facilitator for the Agro-allied community development service (CDS) group of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program. She organized sensitization sessions for students and establishes young farmers’ clubs in secondary schools in her community through educating farmers in seminars and practical sessions.

    The Master of Food Resource and Economics program interests Debbie due to its broad based professional approach. She hopes to gain knowledge, skills and experience that are necessary for solving real problems in the food and resource sectors. She plans to use her degree to help her develop an ability to make the right economic decisions, review various approaches that engender food security, and understand the dynamics of food and resource markets.

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  • Vivian Onwujiobi

    Full-time MBA

    Sauder School of Business

    After changing career paths from a doctor to a Software Developer, Vivian has dedicated herself to supporting women by providing them with software solutions, free consultations and networking opportunities.

    During the most recent Nigerian elections, Vivian volunteered to join an independent election orientation group, Let’s Vote Nigeria and was appointed as the spokesperson for Isolo constituency. The organization went to different social and religious gatherings to request time slots to address different audiences. She was able to organize street to street seminars where she analyzed the election predictions and the possibilities of its success and failure, informing attendees on the importance of the election processes, the role of electorates and the need to exercise civic rights. As a result, the elections in her constituency recorded a nonviolent, organized and massive turnout of eligible voters, most of whom Vivian recognized from the seminars.

    Vivian is interested in studying at UBC because she believes it will help her think like an entrepreneur and give her a well-rounded business view of software development management. As a software developer, Vivian wants to encourage female entrepreneurs at the grass root level to embrace technology in carrying out their business activities. She aims to help small scale business women in her country succeed and compete with their counterparts across the world, and she hopes that UBC will be a key player in helping her achieve that dream.

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  • Fulu Koali

    Full-time MBA

    Sauder School of Business

    Fulu was a strong innovator throughout his high school years and had a knack for applying academic theories to complex problems. Fulu scored particularly well in Science and Mathematics which led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the National University of Lesotho. Fulu excelled in his undergraduate studies and received several awards, including best third year and best graduating student awards in his department.
    Following his undergraduate studies, Fulu developed a passion for leadership and management programmes as he recognized the potential impact strong leaders can have on the development of his country. Fulu notes that there is a shortage of business leadership and management expertise in Lesotho and believes the Master of Business Administration at UBC will be instrumental in helping him achieve his goal of establishing a business consultancy firm. His aim is to provide African citizens with business management and leadership skills at an affordable cost with the hopes that this will make a substantial impact on the economic growth and development in Lesotho.
    Outside of his studies, Fulu currently volunteers as an event coordinator of a local soccer tournament in his community that aims to unite and strengthen relationships between residents and to keep youth engaged and off the streets.

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  • Oladimeji John Adewusi

    Master of Food Science

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Oladimeji has always had a passion for learning and took his academic work very seriously.  Throughout his teenage years in high school in Nigeria, Oladimeji was particularly strong in organic chemistry and biology.  Oladimeji took his love for teaching and science to the Federal University of Technology where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and graduated in the top 1% of his class. His final year research project found that the level of antioxidant potential of mango wine improved with the seed and leaves of the Moringa Oleifera.

    Outside of academics Oladimeji is involved in a local community project around food security. As an active member of Agro-Allied Community Development Service Group (a voluntary and non-profit body), Oladimeji was appointed as the assistant project coordinator for this project.

    Oladimeji is excited to start his Master of Food Science as the program is a key step for him in achieving his long term career and personal goals. Oladimeji plans to use his MFS training to improve the nutritional value of cassava, to combat the issue of nutrition deficiency. Upon his return to home to Nigeria, Oladimeji plans to find work as graduate research assistant working in food security.

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  • Josephine Sintim-Poku

    Masters of Sustainable Forest Management

    Faculty of Forestry

    Josephine was determined to study as school was the one place she found the most happiness and a sense of belonging. Josephine was admitted into one of Ghana’s top universities, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and completed a Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources Technology. Driven by her passion for meaningful community service, Josephine served as an interviewer for a household survey component of a study that was designed to assess the economic value of key ecosystem services, notably water provided by the Atewa Forest in Ghana.  The outcomes of this project would contribute to the decision making process, and improve protection of the Atewa forest while working towards a government led process to change the protection status of the Forest Reserve into a National Park.

    The decision to study the Master of Sustainable Forest Management at the University of British Columbia underlines her desire to be a part of an education system that has a long standing tradition of comprehensive research-based teaching and learning.  The MSFM program will offer Josephine the ideal platform to specialize in knowledge-specific forestry practices. Josephine’s career aspiration after the course is to work with research based groups in forestry and nature conservation, to improve research and enhance environmental sustainability to protect and empower the poor.  Josephine has a passion to give back to society and her priority is to honour all the support and help she has received so far by becoming a renowned researcher and conservation activist as well as to start a non-profit organization that will offer support to young girls.

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  • Charles Mungwakuzwe

    Master of Land and Water Systems

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    In 2017, Charles graduated from the Master of Land and Water System at the University of British Columbia and holds BSc in Civil Engineering. Throughout his studies, Charles has always thrived for excellence; he believed that it was not only a choice but also a key and a must for great opportunities such as a life changing UBC MCF Scholarship.

    After completing his BSc degree, Charles worked as a district engineer for Gasabo district; one of the districts in Kigali City, the capital City of the country of thousand hills in the heart of Africa (Rwanda). Since 2015, Charles has been actively engaged in youth empowerment and advocating for youth participation in decision making through SOS Children’s Village International -2030 Youth Coalition which is made up with youth from different countries. In 2016, Charles was elected to be the spokesperson of the Coalition.

    Now, that Charles has accrued sufficient knowledge from a world class University, he is determined to contribute his skills wholeheartedly to address the emerging environmental issues regarding climate change, land and water resources management. Charles’s biggest dream is to contribute his skills to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), because he believes that access to safe water and affordable sanitation are essential for human health, healthy ecosystems and sustainable development.

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  • Grace Sarbeng

    Master of International Forestry

    Faculty of Forestry

    From a young age, Grace was known for planting trees around her home. She developed a passion for environmental issues because the local river and forest area in her village was being depleted to make way for agriculture development. Her desire to see the environment in her community maintained led her down an academic path of general science throughout her secondary education. Grace’s passion for the environment led her to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management. Some of Grace’s work during her undergraduate degree focused on wildfire management and included a week-long wildfire education project in Tepa Abonsuaso, a forest fringe community where she has spent the early part of her childhood. The goal of the project was to inform people about the causes, effects, dangers as well as possible remedies of wildfires.
    Grace has noted that the urgency to curtail the negative backlashes of natural resource depletion has depended on professionals who have the knowledge and experience to sensitize and educate the general public on sustainable natural resources management. Grace believes that the Master of International Forestry program will provide her with the knowledge and skills to tackle two important environmental issues she is passionate about – nature conservation in city environments as well as the increasing risk of wildfires in Ghana.

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  • Alfred Acheampong

    Master of Land and Water Systems

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Alfred Baafi Acheampong is a Mastercard Foundation Scholar, Environmental Systems professional, and an Entrepreneur. Alfred holds a Master’s degree in Land and Water Systems from the University of British Columbia, Canada as well as a Bsc. Forestry with Land Reclamation and Rehabilitation specialty from KNUST, Ghana. His areas of specialty encompass Land Reclamation, Ecological Restoration, Artisanal and Small Scale Mining, Watershed Management, Forestry, Youth leadership and Capacity Building. Alfred’s Passion for Environmental Sustainability has been expressed on public speaking platforms such as Walrus Talks, International Development Week of Canada and the Global Scholars Network, Canada. As the Co Founder of LaRECS, He aims to create an ecosystem of young professionals who leverages the coordination between academia, industries and local communities to address emerging environmental challenges. Alfred currently serves on the board of Green Impact International- an eco-smart NGO which aims to create awareness and build the capacity youths to address emerging climate change problems. Much more importantly, He loves to spend quality time with kids!

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  • Jonathan Awineboma Abagre 

    Master of Sustainable Forestry Management

    Faculty of Forestry

    Jonathan has been dedicated to natural resources management since he was a child. Hard working and forward-thinking, he went above and beyond to finish high school and develop a strong foundation for his academic career. To fund his post-secondary education, he worked in the informal timber sector of Ghana – an experience that sparked his strong passion for stopping illegal timber trade in Ghana. Jonathan continued to successfully master two highly complex duties: striving for outstanding outcomes within his undergraduate studies while working to support himself and dependent family members. His efforts paid off and he excelled academically. In 2012 he earned his BSc in Natural Resource Management from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.  His outstanding undergraduate thesis was awarded with the Tropenbos International Scholarship.  Jonathan is constantly working on increasing his knowledge and the professional skills that will enable him to effectively contribute to natural resources management and policy formulation with a strong focus on forestry in his home country. His experience working as a researcher and project officer for Tropenbos International, his work as an assistant technical officer at the forestry commission branch office in Accra, and his experience working for mining companies in Ghana in combination with graduate studies and his passion for the forest form the perfect basis for his long-term success.  Currently, Jonathan is enrolled in a Master of Sustainable Forest Management at UBC and jointly owns a data analysis consult (JONABI data analysis) with his friend back in Ghana.

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  • Priscilla Boadi 

    Master of International Forestry

    Faculty of Forestry

    Priscilla was born and raised in the Southern part of Ghana and is a proud recipient of the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship. She discovered her passion for women empowerment, poverty alleviation and other food security related issues while studying her Masters degree at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Priscilla had an opportunity to explore more into the field of food security when she had an internship with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy and volunteered with the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada.

    Priscilla is currently a PhD. Student at McGill University, Canada and will be exploring ways of integrating the concept of food self-reliance into training models for effective entrepreneurial development among adolescent girls and women in Ghana. Among other interests, she is also concerned with providing better livelihood options for women and the youth, improving food security, and building healthy food systems. Her aim is to combine the knowledge, skills and experience gained from the program to build a career in pursuit of transforming the lives of women and youth found in rural communities globally, in addition to transforming their food systems. Priscilla believes that there is so much potential in women and the youth to change our food systems (and the world as a whole) and she is determined to unlock that potential.

  • Maureen Gitata 

    Master of Food and Resource Economics

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Maureen is a Senior Consultant at Dalberg. She advises companies, governments, foundations and NGOs on strategies that accelerate development for developing economies. She advises clients on a range of strategic areas, including program design, market entry, organisational reform, human-centred design, and impact investing. She has worked across a range of sectors including Global Health, ICT, Financial Inclusion, Gender, Agriculture, Energy, and Education to Employment.

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  • Isaac Jonas

    Master of Food and Resource Economics

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Isaac Jonas is a Ph.D. student at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Isaac holds a Master of Food and Resources Economics (MFRE) degree from UBC where he graduated as a valedictorian and a Mastercard Foundation Scholarship holder in 2015. He also holds a Bsc honors degree from the University of Zimbabwe. Isaac Co-Founded Impact Africa Trust (www.impactafricatrust.org), a Not-for Profit organization that is registered in Zimbabwe, to give back to his community. As a Co-Founder, he also serves as the executive director to the Trust. On his spare time if any is left, he writes and has published his first book, “The Serendipity of a Great Network”. In the book, he traces back his journey from Zimbabwe to Canada where he currently resides with a goal to inspire the next generation.

    A global citizen, Isaac has spoken at various local and international forums such as the Skoll World Forum at the Said Business School, Oxford University, England, The University of British Columbia African Business Forum, Canada and the International Monetary Fund – World Bank Group sponsored African Youth Forum in Cote d’Ivoire.

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  • Patrice Meteunou 

    Master of Sustainable Forestry Management

    Faculty of Forestry

    Patrice holds a professional Masters degree in Forest Sciences with a specialization in Auditing and Forest Certification from the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon.  He has worked as a Program Director in a non-profit organization called APECAM focused on forest and environmental programs and projects.  He has also worked with Cameroon Red Cross  for ten years  where he was  a first-aid trainer and Secretary General of a sub-divisional committee in Yaoundé.Between 2010 and 2013, he did consultations in Central Africa on policies and institutional evolution in the forest and environment sector, on forest management, forest and climate change adaptation, and reduction of GHG emission from all land use with international forestry organizations such as CIFOR and ICRAF.  Most recently, Patrice has been working assessing a community’s vulnerability and their capacities to reduce disaster risk. Patrice is fluent in both English and French, and travelled to Switzerland in 2011 as a Cameroon Red Cross delegate to participate in the International  Youth Workshop on Asylum, Exclusion, and Immigration. He has also been supported by the NEPAD Agency and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) for scientific communication on climate change in  South Africa and Senegal.  He is presently a MasterCard Foundation Graduate Scholar in the Faculty of Forestry’s Masters of Sustainable Forest Management at the University of British Columbia where he is acquiring high level training on Sustainable Forest Management.

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  • Monica Nabaasa 

    Master of Sustainable Forestry Management

    Faculty of Forestry

    As a child, Monica was fascinated by nature and understood the fact that forests play a crucial role in the earth’s survival and existence; as a result, it became Monica’s dream to engage in forestry conservation in Uganda.  Her undergraduate research project was on the population dynamics of the invasive paper mulberry tree, Broussonetia papyrifera, in Uganda’s largest forest reserve, Budongo ForestTogether with her colleagues, she organized charity collections for communities living around the Budongo Forest. Monica also conducted conservation education in the communities around Budongo Forest encouraging the masses not to kill the wild animals, including chimpanzees when they raid farmers’ crops. She will apply her knowledge and understanding of the tropical forests, as well as their conservation and sustainable utilization, without forgetting forest-dependent communities. Monica is interested in learning more about sustainable forest management, and hopes that her graduate degree in MSFM at UBC helps her to realize this goal.

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  • Alesia Ofori 

    Master of Sustainable Forestry Management

    Faculty of Forestry

    Alesia is a highly motivated, committed and enthusiastic young lady from Ghana. Being a firm believer in giving back to her society, Alesia devoted herself to community service by joining the Jesse-Rhodes Foundation in creating awareness on hygiene and sanitation, teenage pregnancies, family planning and HIV/AIDS in rural communities in Ghana after completing High School.  The program had a profound impact on her as she continues to remain a lifelong mentor to young girls in these communities. During her undergraduate degree at KNUST, she was the President of the Women in Conservation, a group of young women committed to Resource Conservation in Ghana. With the opportunity to study to study Forestry in Finland during her student exchange period, Alesia realized the importance and potential of forest fringe communities in achieving sustainable forest management in developing countries. Her ultimate career goal is to work in academia as a Professor and a Professional Forester on successful completion of her MSFM degree at UBC. For her PHD studies, she hopes to pursue an interdisciplinary research in Natural Resources Management. Alesia has a soft spot for acting and theater works and also loves to write and blog in her free time.icula ut id elit.

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  • Aboubakar (Ally) Sekora 

    Master of Food and Resource Economics

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Ally is the youngest of three brothers and one sister, and has overcome many challenges in his life, including the 1994 Rwandan genocide, to be here. Ally holds a BSc (with honours) in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness from the National University of Rwanda. In 2010, Ally founded the Rwanda Agricultural University Students Union (RWAUSU) with more than 1000 members countrywide.  One of the Union’s core activities is to educate farmers about how to practice market-oriented farming and crop production. Now that he has completed his MFRE degree he intends on returning to Rwanda. His interests focus broadly in agribusiness and smallholder farmers. Ally has a particular interest in value chain analysis for improved farmer incomes, employment opportunities and food security.  Ally aspires to contribute to the development of his country by creating a platform that will empower and engage youth to utilize Agri-preneurship (mixture of entrepreneurship and agriculture) which will subsequently tackle rural poverty and youth unemployment issues in Rwanda. He is fluent in English, French and intermediate Turkish and beginner Arabic.

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  • Florence (Blooming) Soyinka 

    Master of Business Administration

    Sauder School of Business

    Blooming is a MasterCard Scholarship recipient and a full time MBA student at the University of British Columbia – Sauder School of Business. She is the Founder of Africa Blooms Co., an online retail store that merchandises products proudly made in Africa locally and globally (www.africablooms.com).  Blooming believes that with hard work, persistence and the right partners, investors, and team, together we can positively change the story of the African continent locally and internationally…we’ll give the world an opportunity to see what it’s like to believe in and celebrate Africa.  Blooming is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University with a dual degree in Economics & Accounting. Prior to starting her MBA program she worked at MFM – Nigeria as an Internal Auditor and at CNA Insurance, headquartered in Chicago as an Accounting Rotational Business Associate with primary focus on General & Financial Reporting, Accounting Control & Support and Reinsurance. During her undergraduate program she interned at Ernst & Young – Chicago and Midway AG Company – Chicago.  As an undergraduate, she excelled academically, and in 2011 she founded the Global Instrument of Change Initiative, a non-profit organization that assists immigrants with finding education and employment opportunities.  She organized a conference for over 100 attendees from the US and UK, where students had the opportunity to learn firsthand from their peers as well as business executives.  In addition to her formal education, Blooming reads extensively about other leaders working to change the world, and has travelled across the US to attend events and conferences that continue to motivate and inspire her. Her long term goal is to positively change the African conversation through her group of companies on the African continents.

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  • Anne Ayomiposi Joseph

    Faculty of Land and Food Systems

    Anne Joseph is very passionate about her career, profession and life endeavors which have been the foundation of her determination. She’s the 2019 Best Female Graduate of Applied Geology at the Faculty of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) Nigeria. She gained research experience studying the Oredo Oil field, Niger Delta basin and groundwater flow dynamics, Abesan Area, Eastern Dahomey Basin in Nigeria. She has majorly been involved in attending conferences organized by Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists (NAPE) and Women in Geosciences and Engineering(WiGE).

    She served as the Student Coordinator for WiGE where she organised online programs including quizzes to keep students abreast about the industry. She was also appointed as the General Secretary of NAPE, FUTA chapter. Her team organised the first NAPE summit where they hosted about two thousand students including erudite resource persons in the Industry to discuss contemporary issues about school and the industry. These amazing performances led the department to nominate her for the Competition at the Education Week, International Technology Petroleum Conference held at Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, her team came first at the challenge!

    Her decision to pursue Masters of Land and Water Systems was engendered by her unwavering passion to solve ever-increasing global environmental challenges through development of a sustainable and innovative approach for resources management.  She looks forward to using the infrastructure and facilities in a serene environment for better learning, high quality of education and research activities during her program in University of British Columbia.

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