This year we recruited a team of talented and passionate individuals committed to running the club at the best of their efforts. We are excited for you to meet our team:
As an avid reader, born and brought up in Tanzania, Komal acquired an understanding of the importance of growing economies and how the opposite can be detrimental to people. This resulted in a burning passion for business which she directed to ABC last year in her role as the marketing co-director of the club, thereafter staying on to steer the wheel as co-president. Learn More
From Trinidad, Renee attaches great importance to interpersonal relationships in the business sphere and was first drawn to UBC ABC by the immediate sense of community she felt at the welcome event hosted back in September 2016. She served as the ABC Treasurer for the 2017-2018 academic year and looks forward with anticipation and confidence to the great events she knows the club will host. Learn More
Corporate Relations Director
Born and raised in Francistown, Botswana, Agang is fluent in Setswana, English, Kalanga and Turkish. He has a distinct interest in cultures, languages and travel, and is also an avid Formula 1 fan. His interest in cultures acts as a good fit for the Africa Business Club as it allows him to consider numerous ways businesses and economies are conducted across the world and make links to possible improvements to the way things are conducted in connection to Africa. Learn More
Infrastructure and Technology Panel Director
Pacifique is a 4th year Mechanical Engineering student with a minor in Entrepreneurship. He is currently interning at Intel Corporation as a Hardware Engineer where he works on the thermal and mechanical design of Solid State Drives. With a keen interest in sustainable energy sources, Pacifique hopes to explore Africa’s untapped potential in this sector and its impact on infrastructure and technology.
A perfectionist who loves to take on responsibilities and use her interpersonal skills and her strong motivation to make Africa succeed. Born and raised in Tanzania, Shaista realized the immense opportunities that Africa possesses especially for the youth. Youth empowerment is what she hopes to bring back and believes can result in the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovative leaders.
Geopolitics Panel Co-Director
Chawa has always been passionate about business opportunities in Africa. He have lived in 5 African countries and each has left its sense of home imprinted on him. Chawa believes the future success of the Africa business landscape lays in the strategic collaboration of countries and governments.
Finance Panel Co-Director
Brendon’s innate curiosity and desire to make an impact in his society has gifted him a diverse set of experiences. His journey started in Zimbabwe, where he did his high school and A-levels. He then spent some time as a high school teacher in South Africa before earning the MasterCard Foundation scholarship to study at UBC. Arriving at UBC, driven by intellectual stimulation, he chose to study Engineering Physics plus an Economics minor. His professional experiences thus far range from undergraduate research in mathematical biology to serving as a data science intern at a South African startup.
Chelsie is a second year Master of Public Health student in the faculty of medicine at UBC. Originally from Toronto, her family hails from the beautiful island of Jamaica. Once she arrived in Vancouver she was eager to engage in discussions about the diaspora, with other thoughtful students. This is her second year with ABC and she is excited to see the club continue to grow, and is proud to look at African countries through new perspectives. Chelsie will graduate in 2019, and will pursue a career building resiliency to climate change and disasters within communities, both in Canada and abroad.
Avril is a 3rd year Media Studies major at the University of British Columbia and she serves as the club’s Marketing Co-Director. Hailing from Brunei Darussalam, she is always on the lookout for opportunities to engage with different communities to better understand and support underrepresented voices. She hopes to bring her experiences of working with multiple non-profit and community organizations into the position. Avril specializes in graphic design, social media management, and advertising. She also currently works as the Social Media Coordinator and Online Communications Coordinator for CiTR 101.9FM and Discorder Magazine.
Infrastructure and Technology Panel Co-Director
Panashe Mapokotera is a 4th year Integrated Engineering student. Originally from Harare, Zimbabwe, Panashe joined the club because of it’s vision of engaging students in discussion of pertinent issues regarding Africa. He is excited for the year ahead and working with the team to deliver a wonderful conference.
Entrepreneurship Panel Co-Director
Raghav is a 4th year BIE student. He is currently working as a virtual reality integration researcher with the office of regional and international community engagement and is helping with designing two upcoming courses at UBC. Raghav likes to read about startups in his free time and explore hiking spots around Vancouver.
Moses is a 2nd-year at the Sauder School of Business, specializing in Business and Computer Science. He hails from Nairobi, Kenya. Moses is very interested in how technology can be used as a tool for problem solving in small and medium sized businesses, and how it can further provide opportunities for growth. Learn More
Operations and Logistics Director
With a burning passion for various aspects of Economics, business and logistical elements, Michelle has always been found to be active in the running of several related clubs and societies within her high school in Zimbabwe, moving on to take more active roles in the student government during her two years at UWC Dilijan in Armenia. Furthermore, Michelle enjoys public speaking, and from a tender age has taken part in international debate tournaments, emceed on several occasions including at the Inaugural UWC Dilijan graduation to thousands of viewers. Learn More
Finance Panel Director
Temitope is a Nigerian 4th-year student highly interested in business and the financial markets. With internship experience in the Venture Capital and Private Equity industry, Temitope is eager to learn more about scaling African businesses whilst capturing 'deep value' for both shareholders and customers. He hopes to channel this interest and passion into the discussion of emerging financial markets across the continent of Africa. Apart from his academics and career pursuits, he is passionate about being a leader in his community, enjoys reading, and loves watching soccer.
Entrepreneurship Panel Co-Director
Harshmeet is deeply passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and has been active in getting the experience to grow this. Currently working as a software developer intern at Dassault Systems, he is also part of AMS Entrepreneurship Hub (eHub; a student-led service dedicated to providing its members with access to entrepreneurial services through consults, seminars, and community collaboration) and e@UBC’s Innovation Scholars Program (aimed to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship on campu.) Learn More
Brandon is a second year Electrical Engineering student who was born and raised in Zimbabwe. He is passionate about developing technology for his home country. He is focused on attaining the necessary skills that he will need for his career through all opportunities he has at UBC. He looks forward to putting his maximum effort into working for the club.
Corporate Relations Director
Akosua is a 2nd year BIE student from Ghana. She’s a travel, music and food enthusiast with high accolades in the art of eating Jollof. In her spare time she likes to binge watch Suits, bake banana bread and is always up for a discussion on neo-imperialism and colonialism in modern day Africa. You can probably catch her on campus with her head stuck in any Chimamanda N Adichie novel