Lucy Kanu Hopper is a seasoned executive with an innovative mindset built on 23+ years of experience straddling the worlds of community development, nonprofit management, and business. Lucy has a commendable record as a visionary and thought leader responsible for advancing the strategic direction of a multiplicity of development initiatives. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Management & Leadership and a Bachelor’s in Business Management. She is also a social entrepreneur -an Ashoka Fellow and Commonwealth Fellow.
Pelumi’s professional experience spans across Communications, International Business Development and Education Advocacy. Across West Africa, Pelumi delivers value to export ready companies in their bid to expand internationally. On business development, she has worked with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Senegal, Genesis Energy, and DaMina Advisors.
A prolific writer and storyteller with full bilingual capacities in French and English, Pelumi is an outstanding Communications for Development specialist. Her most recent engagement was a Communications Specialist role with DAI Global LLC on the Feed the Future Senegal Policy Systems Services Project where she led on communications product development and management. Her work with DAI comes on the heels of similar roles with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the West Africa Think Thank.
Founder of Teens Going for Gold Network, an organization that provides teenagers across Nigeria with 21st century relevant learning experiences, Oluwapelumi is also co-founder and Director of Education and Advocacy at Social Good Lagos, a UN-Foundation backed not-for-profit that explores the potentials of technology and new media for the attainment of the SDGs in Nigeria.
She is a doctoral researcher in development studies at SOAS, University of London. Her research focuses on the experiences of women in conflicts and transitional justice processes.
Originally from Nigeria, Doyin moved to Canada to study Chemical Engineering at McMaster University. While at McMaster, she developed a passion for giving back to the community and volunteered with several organizations and causes including the McMaster Engineering Outreach committee, Unicef @ Mac, and as a Math tutor for black youths in the Hamilton area before co-founding the McMaster University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in 2010.
She has eight years of work experience in the Oil & Gas industry and worked in four provinces in Canada. She currently sits on the board of BrainSTEM Alliance, a STEM education organization reaching under-represented groups with STEM activities. With a passion for education, she won the 2020 Wood Buffalo Newcomer Engagement Award and was recognized as a 2021 SunCares Changemaker for her volunteer efforts in her local community. When she’s not working or volunteering, she’s watching basketball, hiking in the Canadian Rockies, or traveling.
Adaeze is passionate about the maritime industry. She has an interest in the maritime industry, logistics, supply chain management, and trade. She is a qualified lawyer in Nigeria and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. In addition to her professional interests, she is deeply passionate about poverty alleviation, equal education opportunities and girl-child/women empowerment, and a multiplicity of charity/social impact causes.
Oluwatise Okeremi is a sophomore undergraduate at Princeton University majoring in the Princeton School of International Affairs with minors in Entrepreneurship and East Asian Studies. Having moved around all her life, she carries with her the experience of constantly immersing herself in different cultures, strong creative skills, the ability to communicate with diverse populations and opinions, and great attention & appreciation for details. As a design thinker and problem solver, Oluwatise is excited to contribute to this team.