Team

ADVISORS

Ms. Shelley Mushtuk

Director, The Brick Corporate Office

Alberta, Canada

Professor Obiora C. Okafor, Ph.D.

Professor of Law 

York University, Canada

United Nations Independent Expert, Member and ex-Chairperson, United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee

Dr. Sara

Ghotbi, MD, MPH

Senior Policy Analyst

Government of Alberta

Professor Tarek Salem, DBA, MBA,PPM, B.sc C.Eng.

Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Grant MacEwan University,

Alberta, Canada

Professor Nkolika Aniekwu, Ph.D.

Professor of Law

University of Benin

Legal Representative

 

Dr. Damilola Olawuyi, Ph.D.

BIOS

Shelley Mushtuk, BA

Shelley Mushtuk is Director of Merchandising at the Brick Corporate Office, Alberta, Canada. She is a graduate of the Grant MacEwan University, Alberta, and has worked with The Brick – one of Canada’s largest furniture retailers – for the last 37 years. She has been involved in fundraising throughout her career, taking an active leadership role on the Bricks' Corporate Responsibility Committee since its inception in 2014. Shelley is in charge of developing all products under the Charity banner that is sold in Brick stores all across Canada in support of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) – an initiative that has seen over 60,000 charity bears sold, raising over half a million dollars for CMN all across Canada. Her passion has always been focused on helping women and children, supporting programs like Pathway.mx that helps disadvantaged kids get through Preparatory School for University. Shelley served on the Board of Directors for the University of Alberta’s “Women in Retail” program for 3 years and is excited about her new role as an advisory board member in the PEIF Fund Inc. 

Professor Obiora Chinedu Okafor, Ph.D.

Professor Obiora C. Okafor joined Osgoode Hall Law School after holding faculty positions at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nigeria, and at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He has served as an SSHRC-MacArthur Foundation Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program; a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar at MIT; a Visiting Professor at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France; a Visiting Professor at the St. Augustine International University, Kampala, Uganda; and as the Gani Fawehinmi Distinguished Chair of Human Rights Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Professor Okafor has published extensively in the fields of international human rights law and immigration/refugee law, as well as general public international law. He is the author of The African Human Rights System, Activist Forces, and International Institutions (Cambridge University Press, 2007); Legitimizing Human Rights NGOs: Lessons from Nigeria (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2006); and Re-Defining Legitimate Statehood (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 2000). He has co-edited three books: Legitimate Governance in Africa: International and Domestic Legal Perspectives (The Hague: Kluwer, 1999); Humanizing Our Global Order: Essays in Honour of Ivan Head (University of Toronto Press, 2003); and The Third World and International Order: Law, Politics and Globalization (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2003). He has published over seventy (70) journal articles, book chapters and other scholarly writings. He is currently working on a SSHRC-funded partnership development research and dissemination project relating to Canadian/Nigerian human rights engagements; and on a project examining the comparative character of refugee rights in Canada and the USA post 9/11. He is also due to begin a large multi-year study on Canada’s Human Rights Role in Africa (CARRIA). Professor Okafor is currently a member and ex-Chairperson of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, a Geneva-based committee of experts elected by the Human Rights Council to serve as its think tank and principal subsidiary organ. He has also served as an expert panelist for the United Nations Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee and United Nations Working Group on People of African Descent. He has worked as a consultant for international bodies, government agencies, parliaments and law firms.

Dr. Sara Ghotbi, MD, MPH, PMC

Dr. Sara Ghotbi is a Senior Policy Analyst with a medical doctoral degree and a Master’s degree in public health. Sara has extensive national and international experience in the government, academic, and clinical settings. As a researcher, she has contributed to many clinical, community health, and health policy research projects, and published many articles in peer-reviewed journals. Currently, she is involved in projects that aim at improving collaborative and integrated service delivery by timely information sharing among service providers. Also, she sits on the University of Alberta's Health Research Ethics Board as a community member. This Board reviews health research projects to ensure ethical compliance. Sara has a broad interest in preventive medicine and health promotion, in particular, enhancing women’s and children’s health and wellness status in communities.

Professor Tarek Salem, DBA, MBA,PPM, B.sc C.Eng.

Tarek Salem is a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Grant McEwan University, Alberta, Canada. He holds a DBA in entrepreneurship and an MBA from Babson College, USA. He has over 14 years academic experience teaching and practicing entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and over 15 years experience training, mentoring and supporting start-ups. His dedication to training and mentoring young entrepreneurs has resulted in the successful creation of more than 80 start-ups and new ventures, and the creation of hundreds of jobs. He is also a serial entrepreneur who started a number of successful ventures in USA, Canada, KSA Malaysia and Egypt.

Professor (Mrs.) Nkolika Ijeoma Aniekwu, Ph.D.

Professor Nkolika I. Aniekwu, Ph.D., is a professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Benin. Her over forty publications include journal articles, conference papers and books on health law, gender, legal research methodologies, human rights, customary law and post colonial feminist theories. She is the author of a book on Legal Methodology and Research in Nigeria [2001] and a 2011 book, 'Reproductive Health Law: A Jurisprudential Analysis of Gender Specific Human Rights for the African Region'. Professor Aniekwu is the recipient of several academic awards including the Nigerian Universities Commission Doctoral Theses Award for Best Doctoral Theses in Law within the Nigerian Universities System. She researches and writes primarily on health law issues. She has frequently been visiting fellow and scholar to universities and affiliated institutions in Europe, Africa, UK and, more recently, the United States, and has guest lectured and presented her research at numerous international academic events and conferences on law, health and HIV/AIDS. In 2014, she was the first female African Professor to teach at the 2013/14 Masters Program of the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (IISL) at Onati, Spain. In March 2015, she was invited to speak at the International Conference on Masculinities organised by SUNY University in New York. Subsequently, she worked on a collaborative United States AIDS project on 'Age of Consent for HIV in Nigerian Laws' with the University of Washington, PEPFAR (U.S. Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The project findings have since been presented to the Nigerian government. She is a member of several national and international professional bodies.

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