Long term fellows have landed at EWB!

Meet our 2017 LTFs!

EWB sends an enthusiastic welcome to the Fall 2017 cohort of long term fellows! These 10 passionate and dedicated individuals start their fellowships off in Toronto for pre-departure training, before traveling to their assigned ventures at the end of the month.

This cohort of change-makers comes with a broad spectrum of public, private and non-profit sector experiences. They are eager to develop their systems-change skills with our innovative social ventures and partners in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya and Malawi.

By providing consultation and support across a range of capabilities, the fellows will provide ventures with the essential talent required to accelerate and sustain their growth. In turn, fellows will develop the competencies and skills to collaborate with African innovators on meaningful projects within long-term, systemic change strategies.

Meet the fellows

Lindsay Kingston

Knowledge Management Personnel, Syecomp Ltd.
Accra, Ghana
Lindsay recently finished her post-graduate degree in International Development from Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning. Prior to this, she graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and Criminology. Her passion for social justice and equity aspired from numerous experiences abroad, particularly, a solidarity trip to Ada, Ghana in 2013. She is eager to be back in Ghana, working alongside Syecomp and their amazing team!

Samy Bhanjana

Impact And Data Analyst, M-Shule
Nairobi, Kenya
Samy graduated with a Bachelor of Finance from the University of Ottawa. Post-graduation he worked with TD Bank, and MD Financial, where he developed a distinctive skill set grounded in Data Analytics, Statement Development, Financial Instrument Analysis and Project Management. Most recently, he spent five months backpacking across Europe, then completed his Masters of Management Analytics program at Queen’s University.

Carla Aziz

Mobile UX/UI Designer, Numida Technologies
Kampala, Uganda
Carla is a multidisciplinary designer with a computer science background. She used to be primarily design focused, but got into the tech realm by accident (and after quite a few hackathons). Her design is focused on multicultural markets, accessibility, social enterprises and service design. Most recently, she has been working as a UX and interactive designer for a multicultural agency.

Laura Allan

Gender Project Officer, Peg Africa
Accra, Ghana
Laura has a Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Social Anthropology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Development. Having recently spent time working in Ghana with a small NGO called Exponential Education, Laura gained passion and insight on gender issues within the West-African context. She is excited to be returning to the field and looks forward to gaining more experience.

Amrita Kalsi

Communications Specialist, M-Shule
Nairobi, Kenya
Amrita recently graduated from Concordia University in Montreal with a BA in Communications Studies and a minor in Human Rights Studies. Previously, Amrita worked as a Communications Coordinator for an NGO based in Montreal and in Uganda and as a video editor. Her passion involves using visual storytelling to advocate social change.

Ben Sheardown

Project Manager, Joelex
Kampala, Uganda
Ben is a graduate of UW’s Environmental Engineering program with over eight years of experience in the private and public sector. He has diverse experience in areas including water & wastewater treatment, environmental approvals and environmental resource management. EWB presents a unique opportunity to apply his skills to an area of great need. Specifically, Ben hopes to improve the standard of living for Kampala’s poor by helping to provide access to safe, affordable sanitation.

Stefania Marino

Marketing & Communications Specialist, African Management Initiative
Nairobi, Kenya
Stefania has recently completed her post-graduate degree in International Development. She holds a background in Marketing and has experience assisting startup companies with marketing and launch strategies. In her spare time, she volunteers as a Funding Researcher for CUSO International and Volunteer Coordinator for a small Ottawa non-profit called Louder Than Words. Having visited over 16 countries, Stefania loves adventure and is passionate about engaging in new opportunities.

Monika Korczewski

Fundraising & Communications Specialist, LishaBora
Kiambu, Kenya
Monika is a born and raised Calgarian who studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary. Post-graduation she worked in Alberta’s energy industry for three years as a Pressure Equipment Integrity Engineer where she was an active member of the Women’s Network and New Professionals Network at site. Being passionate about Women’s Empowerment she volunteers her time supporting different organizations and initiatives to actively promote Gender Diversity in the Calgary area.

Chelsea Madryga

Institutional Sustainability Officer, Wash Catalysts & Baseflow
Lilongwe, Milawi
After gaining an unshakable interest in international development on a volunteer trip to Southern Africa in 2011, Chelsea strapped on a backpack and adventured her way through 12 sub-Saharan African countries for ten months in 2015. This included two extended volunteer experiences on farms in Zimbabwe and Uganda where she developed an interest in governance and sustainability. Most recently, her interest in development lead her to the London School of Economics and Political Science where she has just completed an MSc in African Development.

Shannon Lindsey

Head Of Fundraising, 1 Billion Africa
Accra, Ghana
Shannon Lindsey is a recent graduate from McGill University where she studied Political Science and African studies. Since her graduation, Shannon has been living in Toronto working in fundraising for SickKids Children’s Hospital. She previously interned in Tanzania aiding to develop educational materials regarding various social justice issues for high schools in Dar es Salaam.

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