Class of 2017


Jeneique Gomes, Financial Advisor/Banker, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Canada

Jeneique Gomes graduated from the University of New Brunswick, Canada with Honours in Human Resource Management and specialized in Finance. Currently, she consults in her field as a Financial Advisor, helping her clients fulfill their financial goals in life. Jeneique is the recipient of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) 2012 Employee of the year award in which she was recognized for her outstanding abilities to support her clients and colleagues through her fun and charismatic leadership style. During the course of her education and work experience, Jeneique has volunteered and hosted many sponsorship events with various non-profit organizations within the immigrant community. She aspires to become a strong activist for women’s rights, with particular interest in empowering young women to achieve their goals in life. She is currently an in-progress volunteer for Immigrant Services Calgary where she will get the opportunity to help new immigrants with various financial needs. At her leisure time, Ms. Gomes enjoys writing articles on social issues and performing the art of poetry in her local arts community in Calgary, Canada. She is a true adventurer and life enthusiast and enjoys meeting new people and building great relationships with them.

Temitayo Adigun, Mechanical Engineer/NGO President, Nigeria

Temitayo is the President of Wheels of Hope Rising Foundation (WHRF), a rural-based nonprofit organization that has supported over 5000 children back to school in rural areas, made huge humanitarian donations to reach over 2750 children in the Internally Displaced Persons camp, Benin City, Edo State. A seasoned Project/Plant Engineer, Temitayo has served in various capacities in different multinational companies, including FrieslandCampina, Coca Cola, and Olam Nigeria. He is now a business consultant for both profit and nonprofit organizations and also serves as a Board Member of Africa Rural Development Movement Organization (ARUDMO), Ghana and World Peace Promoting Helpless People Organization (WPPHPORG), India. Temitayo Co-founded the Wheels of Hope Rising Foundation (WHRF) based on his experience while growing up. He was moved by the level of poverty and hopelessness faced by several underprivileged children in his community. A graduate of Mechanical Engineering, Temitayo has a Masters in Financial Management from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria. He is also an alumnus of the Lagos Business School (Pan Atlantic University) where he obtained various certificates in Leadership Sustainability, Stakeholder Management and many more. He also possesses a Certificate in Financing for Development from the World Bank group. Temitayo is a certified Community Development Advocate and has received various awards from the Young Africa Leader Initiatives (YALI NETWORK) under the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. He advocates for climate change awareness, gender equality, rural education, and human rights.  

Loveleen Sidhu, English Undergraduate, University of Alberta /Community Organizer, Canada

Loveleen Sidhu is passionate about community service. Her passion is exemplified through her volunteer work with the Stollery Youth Council, Edmonton, Canada; her position as Student Senator and Executive Secretary for Edmonton Public Schools; her involvement with facilitating after-school programs at Century Gardens Recreation Centre; and the environmental rehabilitation work she completed with the Credit Valley Conservation Authority in Ontario, Canada. As a member of the Stollery Youth Council, Loveleen advocates for the improvement of the lifestyle of sick kids at the Stollery Hospital. Loveleen has volunteered at the Stollery Family Classic, which is an initiative to raise money for the Stollery Hospital Foundation. As a Student Senator, she is a member of the Health and Wellness committee which is working to create a district-wide mental health conference (April 2017) to equip students and teachers with information and resources to break the stigma surrounding mental illness. In April 2016, Loveleen was a part of a team that marketed a fundraiser for a 24-hour bikeathon that raised $93,000 for a local charity. As a member of the Students’ Union at her school, Loveleen took the initiative to become Project Manager of the Helping Hampers Campaign, a food drive that provides resources to four less-fortunate families in the community. As Project Manager, Loveleen marketed the campaign through persuasive oral presentations. The donations gathered were sufficient to provide each family with the necessary resources for one year. Loveleen brings her skills from the Helping Hampers’ Campaign to the PEIF Fund’s Kids Food Basket Initiative, which will provide food to children in need through donation campaigns and other sustainable initiatives. Loveleen has also mentored students at the T.D. Baker School to ease the process of students transitioning from junior high school to high school. She has volunteered at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Turkey Drive to raise donations for the Edmonton Food Bank and at the Festival of Trees event which raised money for the University Hospital Foundation. In her spare time, Loveleen participates in three mentorship programs with graduates from the University of Alberta, to explore the disciplines of psychology, criminal justice law, and career transitioning. 

Bartholomew Edozie Asuzu, Environmental Engineer, Nigeria

Bartholomew Edozie Asuzu, is a graduate of University of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria where he earned a degree in Environmental Engineering. He believes in equal rights for all citizens irrespective of race, colour, tribe or religion. He designed, constructed, fabricated and tested a grit chamber for treatment of town water. Among his many other achievements include serving as a team member in the overhaul of the filter beds of Kaduna south water treatment plant. Bartholomew has participated in various community development projects, awareness campaigns and outreaches in Kwara, Niger, Kaduna and Lagos state. 

Esther W. Katiba, Lawyer/Executive Director, Kenya

Esther W. Katiba is an Executive Director of the Career Route Solutions Limited, a Human Resource Consultancy Firm based in Nairobi, Kenya, which primarily trains and mentors Small and Micro Enterprise Businesses (SMEs). She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, a certified trainer and a mentor. She is a member of the Law society of Kenya, Professional Trainers Association of Kenya and Women in Business. She is pursuing her online MBA in Organization and Human Resource Management at University of Nicosia, Cyprus. She holds other certifications in Diploma in Sales and Marketing, 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship course by Goldman Sachs, Tony Elumelu Foundation Alumni of 2016, among others. She is the founder of the Mentorship From the Heart Initiative (MFTH), through which she supports children from vulnerable backgrounds, especially those from the rural setting with little or no access to basic education. Every term, she organizes motivational talks in schools. Ms. Katiba has also founded a book fund that encourages urban parents to donate used text books to help the rural schools. Her ultimate goal is to set up a fully equipped library with all curricula books required to improve both the English and Kiswahili languages, which are used in Kenya. She loves gospel music, traveling and mentoring youths.

Yuliya Fakhr, Masters Candidate, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Canada

Yuliya Fakhr is a Masters Candidate in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Alberta in Canada. Originally from Lebanon, she graduated with a B.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Biology at Stony Brook University, NY with a Summa Cum Laude-Highest Honors. A recipient of the Dean's Award (2013-2016), she has also received the MaTCH Funding Award (2016-2018) for her research. Throughout her education, she has been a practicing scientist exploring the world through research in multiple fields including Marine Ecology, Human Behavior and Evolution, and Bone Structural Development. Yuliya also enjoys teaching and coaching. She was actively involved in Outreach and Fundraising for the Student Government Body and participated in Workshop Management for incoming international students like herself. Yuliya is also a lab and classroom teaching assistant in the Biology and Physics Department. Her team is studying the involvement of lipids in regulating blood pressure and how that ties into inflammation and fetus development in disorders like Preeclampsia and Intrauterine Growth Restriction. She is an aspiring Obstetrician hoping to work in NGOs to improve health policy and administration. In her free time, she enjoys belly dancing, water sports, and painting. 

Alita Ikechukwu Aleke, Computer Scientist, Nigeria

Alita Ikechukwu Aleke is a graduate of Computer Science from the Ebonyi State University Abakaliki. He is currently serving as a corps member in Enugu State as the elected president of the Educational Development and Publicity (EDP) Community Development Service group, in Nkanu-West. He is a motivational speaker. He designed and implemented an Automated Battery Cage Management System and a pure Hardware based system deployed to poultry farms to automatically dispose poultry waste at a set interval. As part of his service to the community, he teaches primary school aged children struggling with mathematics and science subjects.

Adong Harriet, Gender and Human Rights Specialist/Executive Director (NGO), Uganda

Harriet Adong is an Executive Director of Foundation for Integrated Rural Development, Uganda (FIRD).  Harriet is pursuing a Masters in women and Gender Studies at Makerere University. Harriet has served as the chairperson of the Youth Advocacy Network in Lira, Uganda on issues related to sexual reproductive health rights and gender based violence among youths. As a community activist and human rights educator, Harriet was a participant of  the  International Human Rights Training Program in Canada and has been a facilitator at the East African Human Rights Program  where she trained other human rights educators in the East African Region. Harriet is passionate about promoting the rights of women and children in post-conflict Northern Uganda. Through policy advocacy and research, she works to support women and girls displaced by the war and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence to develop sustainable livelihoods. She believes that the PEIF FUND is a great platform through which she can improve her skills to help her achieve her goals in promoting human rights in post-conflict communities in Northern Uganda.

Eletu Aminat Abisola, News Correspondent/Reporter, Nigeria

Eletu Aminat is a graduate of Mass Communication from Babcock University and a Broadcast Major. She is an entrepreneur as well as a part-time event organizer. She previously interned at the Lagos State Television Corporation as a News Correspondent and worked as a News Reporter with the Nigerian Airforce in the Information Department. She held various leadership positions during her undergraduate days, including serving as Music Director in the Redeemed Christian Fellowship and heading a radio program for the graduating student committee. When she is not working, she writes inspirational articles.

Narinder Pal kaur Ahluwalia, Plant Pathologist/Bake Artist, Canada

Narinder is currently enrolled in a Baking Certificate program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Edmonton, Canada. She has a PhD in plant pathology, and worked as a program officer conducting research in Volunteering Health Association of India. She has also worked on projects which investigated the effects of pesticides on human health. She was awarded a Senior Fellowship from the Agricultural Ministry, Government of India, for her PhD.

David Ndeokwelu, Microbiologist, Nigeria

David Ndeokwelu is a 1st class Graduate of Microbiology from Benson Idahosa University. He loves social work and often engages in humanitarian and volunteer services. He was involved in various medical outreach programs as part of the National Youth Service Corps Program in Enugu, Nigeria. David possesses excellent interpersonal skills; he served as a student leader at Benson Idahosa University, Nigeria and as the President of the Department of Microbiology at the same university. 

Chukwudi Chukwuemeka, Geologist/Entrepreneur, Nigeria

Chukwudi Chukwuemeka is a Strategist, Entrepreneur and Administrator. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Geology and Mining from Enugu State University, Nigeria. He is an advocate for social change and a better Africa. He is the co-founder of KEEPERSCOURT, a Nigerian firm focused on developing services that help families and individuals save time, energy and financial resources. He is the facilitator for SHARE AFRICA, an organization which aims to inspire godly leaders out of African youths and inspire them to become agents of positive change. In addition, he pioneers media campaigns geared towards reorienting individuals and society for better community engagement. He aims to become a voice in the actualization of an Africa he strongly believes can become the center of the world's development.

Sarah Unekwu Oguche, Computer Scientist, Nigeria

Sarah Unekwu Oguche is from Kogi State, Nigeria. She presently lives in Kaduna State. She graduated from Babcock University in 2015 with a 4.17 cumulative grade point average and a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Computer Science Information System. She worked with the Enugu State Electoral Commission as a service communication desk officer for a year as part of the National Youth Service Program. 

Realyn Naoe, Economist, Canada

Realyn Naoe was a Senior Representative in Economics Research Society (ECONRES) during her days at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines University where she studied Economics. She has worked as a Research Assistant/Administrative Assistant in a government and with the development team of Aboitiz Transport System, a private company that focuses on vessels and ferries development in the Philippines. She presently lives in Canada.

Tamaragalaemi Joy Wanami, Economist, Nigeria

Tamaragalaemi encourages youths in Jalingo Taraba State to live focused lives and pursue their dreams in spite of environmental challenges. She served as a teacher in Government Science Senior Secondary School Jalingo as well as Thamesmead Private School Lagos. She currently volunteers at the A+ Woman Initiative that reaches out to special needs kids in the society. She has a degree in Economics and is presently a postgraduate student at the University of Lagos. She is interested in sustainable development, project management, entrepreneurship and youth empowerment.

Ibrahim Abdullahi Alabi, Civil Engineer, Nigeria

Ibrahim Abdullahi Alabi is a Civil Engineering graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger state. He also has a post-graduate diploma in Project management from the Chartered Institute of Project Management (CIPM), Nigeria. Ibrahim supports primary school aged kids in their education by offering afternoon teaching lessons to fill gaps in their learning needs.

Guneet Singh, Culinary Artist, Canada

Guneet Singh is the owner of Annapurna Caterers. He has volunteered with various Canadian non-profits, most recently with the EISA (Edmonton Immigrant Service Association), where he assisted immigrants with the development of their communication skills. Guneet will continue to provide this service during his mentorship year to immigrants who are new to the Edmonton community.

Olayanju Adedoyin Zainab, Agricultural Economist, Nigeria

Zainab is a recent graduate of Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She currently volunteers at various community service programs, such as Foybis Waste busters and the Ace 5 Initiative. She is also a member of the International Association of Students in Agriculture and other Related Sciences (IAAS), where she coordinated an organic farming project, agro-schooling projects for secondary school students, and served as the director of finance in 2014. In addition, she has served as a student public relations officer at the University of Ibadan providing critical support towards different projects implemented to empower people. Her goal is to empower and invest in small-scale businesses towards developing the nation. 

Hillary Maduka, Law Graduate/Human Rights Activist, Nigeria

A returning PEIF Fund Mentee after an exciting year in the class of 2016, Hillary Maduka is a Law graduate, Google Policy Fellowship Finalist, Community Organizer, Human Rights Activist, and Law student. He is invested in the worlds of law, human rights and public policy. He was the Senior Editor of the Research & Publications department of the International Youth Action against Terrorism. He is also the Africa Regional Coordinator, Global Network of Young Leaders. Hillary was consistently on the Dean’s Honors List throughout the period of his undergraduate education. In the summer of 2015, he worked as a United Nations Youth Facilitator at the Global Youth Consultation in Qatar towards find lasting solutions to the humanitarian crisis plaguing different parts of the world. He recently received a Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service to attend a summer course in Germany and Poland - "The European System for the Protection of Human Rights". In the summer of 2016 he was also invited by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington to participate in a short academic program focusing on the advanced and interdisciplinary study of civil resistance at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, University of Tuft, USA. He envisions a world where the ideals of human rights and democracy are upheld both online and offline.

Olubanjo Olugbenga, Engineer/Entrepreneur, Nigeria

Engineer Olu returns after a busy year as a member of the inaugural class of 2016. Olu is a leader, entrepreneur, and innovation enthusiast. He graduated from the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering. As an astute entrepreneur, Olugbenga founded MOC trade, a book trading company in South West Nigeria. In his thirst for learning, Olugbenga has obtained various certifications from various institutions across the world. These include Oil and Gas Technology Certification from IFP School, France; Honour Code Certificate in Innovation and Commercialization from MITx; Future cities from ETHx Zurich; Inclusive Leadership from Catalyst; Gamification and Designing Cities from UniPenn, among others. He also barged a Project Management Practice Certification from NIIT. Olugbenga has served in various positions. He was Group Leader, Zenith Group, University of Ibadan (UI); Project Head, ENACTUS UI; Consultant for Engineers Without Borders UI; and a Volunteer Student Representative for Institution of Civil Engineers. Olu has served as a Graduate Intern at Arup, Nigeria, and continues to serve as a Program Officer with PEIF Fund Inc.

Ajeh Bright, Political Scientist, Nigeria

Mr. Bright Ajeh is a graduate of the University of Benin, where he studied political science and Public Administration. Bright is actively involved in volunteering, accepting the PEIF Fund organization’s Teach A Child challenge. He works with primary and high school students who need extra educational support on English language and other arts/social-science subjects.

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