Alfred is a Cardiff Business School graduate with an MBA in Management Consultancy and associate qualifications from Harvard Graduate School, Oxford University and The Canadian Securities Institute. As a professional, Alfred has over 10 years of experience in Finance, Projects and managing caseloads. Alfred is the current Program Director of this organization and a senior finance professional with the government of Alberta.

Alfred Esene, MBA

Programs Director


Philip Arthur joined Centre For Intellectual Excellence in 2019, and brings with him over 6 years of experience in Financial Reporting, Budgeting and Audit roles. Philip grew up in Ghana, and is an inspirational leader, communicator, and negotiator. His experience includes roles at AngloGold Ashanti Limited including Cost and Financial Officer, where he developed key skills including strategic and tactical budgeting and cost planning, supplier’s financial risk identification and mitigation, cross-functional collaboration, and departments and stakeholder relations. Philip is Currently enrolled in the University of Alberta Master of Accounting Program and will be earning the Chartered Professional Accounting Designation in 2022

Philip K. Arthur, BCom, MBA

Finance Manager


Shumiam Tariq is a recent graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) with a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), having majored in accounting. She is fluent in both Urdu and English. Having accumulated 4 years of administrative experience working as an Accounting Clerk for her family’s accounting business, she has developed a formidable work ethic and a keen eye for detail. 

She has volunteered as a Greeter at the SAIT Open House and was part of the event staff for the International Women’s Day Conference and Celebration (IWD), registering and directing guests in addition to assisting with event decor.

Shumiam Tariq

Admin. Assistant

I am a PMP certified project manager having 6 years of experience in Project management for a Flavor Company and an IT company. A chemical engineer with advanced education in business management. I love public speaking and am an active member of Toastmasters International. I can fluently speak 3 languages: English, Hindi and Gujarati. I have moved recently to Canada from India along with my wife.

Husain Kitabi

Events Director

Asante is an educationist and an expert in fundraising.He has worked for various non govermental organizations. He previously worked for the commonwealth secretariat. Mr Asante is also Co founder of farmpal Rwanda. A digital farming initiative that has employs hundred of farmers in East Africa and also empowered the youth to take farming seriously. He has a postgraduate diploma in journalism , BA in international trade, and MA in diplomacy from the University of Westminster , London.

Bernard Asante, MDy

International Relations Director

Duke Nguyen is a student in his fourth year at the University of Alberta. He has double majors in Political Science and Economics and a minor in International Studies. He previously worked for Bloomberg News and the University of Alberta as an intern, where he developed excellent communication skills. He is a nice team-player who is always willing to work above and beyond to make a positive in people’s lives. One will easily feel very comfortable having him around.

Duke Nguyen

Communication's DIrector

I am an Industrial Engineer professional with an MBA. I have over 20 years of experience in various financial and administrative management and coordination roles. Broad experience as Administrative and Financial Manager, Costs Manager, and Financial Planning Manager. I am fluent in Spanish and advanced in English. I moved 2.5 years ago from Colombia to Canada with my two children and my husband.

Martha Alcivar

Senior Admin. Assistant

Agyekum Sampong is the Executive Head for the Northern Sector at Vodafone Ghana. He has more than 10 years of senior leadership experience in telecommunications. Agyekum started his career in microfinance and banking before joining Millicom Ghana as part of the pioneering team of Tigo Cash in Ghana. Rising to the top of the commercial space, Agyekum later joined Vodafone, where he now leads the Northern Sector Team. 

With a Master’s degree in Agriculture, and numerous cross-sector qualifications in IT Service Management, Marketing, Negotiation skills, Project Management and Digital Leadership, Agyekum has worked in all the major regions of Ghana and made a name for himself as a strategic commercial asset in the telecommunications industry.

Agyekum Sampong

Continental Head- Africa

Abimbola Fafiolu holds a Master’s degree in Computer science and a diploma certificate in Digital Marketing. She is a Certified Business Analysis Professional. She is an Innovative and entrepreneurially minded IT Professional with 4+ years of experience in digital marketing, product marketing, branding, and creating business workflows for streamlining business operations to help make critical data-driven decisions to optimize profit and growth.

Abimbola Fafiolu

Social Media Manager