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


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

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