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The Fellowships team works as a key conduit for our organization, coordinating, engaging and assisting the fellows who support our work in Canada, sub-Saharan Africa and around the world.

The team recruits and trains fellows. Whether they come from our university chapters, the professional world, or from our African partners, the team works to ensure every fellow enjoys a successful and impactful placement with our ventures.

  • Director, Fellowships

    • Leads EWB’s Fellowships programs in Canada and sub-Saharan Africa. Provides strategic leadership ensuring EWB’s Fellowships contribute to our mission and Theory of Change while integrating adequate support systems and new partner development.
    • Brings experience from a range of leadership roles in the private and public sectors working in France, Singapore, Qatar, and most recently as an Economic Development Advisor for the U.S. Department of State based in Mexico City.
    • Former capacity building volunteer in Arusha, Tanzania and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Passionate about sustainability as a driver of economic growth.
    • Holds a Masters (ALM) in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University and a Masters (MSc) in Economic Development (MS) from Boston University.
  • Fellowships Program Manager - West Africa

    • Manages EWB Fellowship activities in West Africa
    • Co-founder of the BE BOLD show and other innovations in sub-Saharan Africa
    • Holds a Master’s Degree in International Development from the University of Amsterdam
    • Entrepreneur and advocate
  • Fellowships Program Manager - East Africa

    • Social entrepreneur and aspiring developmental economist
    • Manages EWB Fellowship activities in East Africa and Zambia
    • Past Kumvana Fellow
    • Strong beliefs in family, friendship and contributing to a supportive community environment
  • Fellowships Program Manager - East Africa

    • Lydia Opiyo is a program, partnership development and resource mobilization specialist who works to strengthen stakeholder and partner’s engagement, inclusion and participation in development processes.
    • Has over 7 years of experience working on international development programs focusing on youth, leadership and partnership development within East and Central Africa. 
    • Has overseen work in 14 different countries within East and Central Africa, managing partnerships with multilateral, academic institutions, government institutions, private sector, funding agencies, foundations, community based organizations and non-governmental organizations.
    • Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Community Development from Kenyatta University, an Executive Course certification from Strathmore Business School in Public Private Partnership and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development at SOAS, University of London.
    • Member of the Project Management Institute
    • Lydia has worked for DFID, GAC and USAID Funded programs.
  • Engagement Coordinator, Fellowships

    • Holds a Degree in Political Science and Human Rights from Carleton University, Ottawa
    • Brings diverse insights having worked in the humanitarian realm under IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration in Uganda and UN Women in Kenya.
    • Passionate about catalyzing positive change through effective policies and development approaches.
    • Mobilizes EWB’s community of fellows to amplify the organization’s impact
  • Fellow Recruitment Coordinator

    • Holds a degree in international development studies from the University of Toronto
    • Brings 4 years of experience working with volunteers in Ghana and Swaziland
    • Mobilizes EWB’s community of fellows to amplify the organization’s impact
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