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

Chahat is a NAIT graduate with a degree in Technology Management and Computer Engineering. She is an IT professional with over 5 years of experience as a Software Engineer and IT consultant in the Finance and Telecom sector. She has previously worked with the Aboriginal Centre to help students transition successfully through the post-secondary programs. As an immigrant woman, Chahat is well aware of the challenges faced by newcomers, cultural differences, and gender inequality. By joining CFIE, she hopes to bring a positive impact within the community by providing members with support and resources to succeed in their journey.

Chahat Singla

Social Media/IT Manager

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

Denise Nisbett is a seasoned Writer, driven by her passion for story-telling. Her background includes a plethora of experiences from project management, corporate communications to media communications. In her role as a communicator she was instrumental in implementing a World Health Organization initiative on waste management with the Nevis Island Administration‘s Ministry of Health.

She completed her BA Degree at the University of Calgary, with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Communication Studies. She recently completed her Business Administration Diploma with a focus in Public Relations from Bow Valley College Chiu School of Business. 


Denise is a results driven person with the goal of creating a space where all people can be their best selves. 

Denise Nisbett

Communication's Team Member

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

Caly is currently a high school student enrolled in the AP program. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports and reading. She is working towards her diploma and her DELF certificate. In the future, she hopes to study STEM.

Caly Zheng

Event Management Team Member

I’ve been working as an administrative agent for many years. At my last job in a travel agency, I handled scheduling, meeting and travel planning for 7 staff members and hundreds of our clients. I was also preparing presentations, reports and correspondence with many suppliers and customers from many countries. I was also a tourism guide and I have visited many countries, and I have a good experience in communicating and dealing with people from several countries, cultures, religions and languages.

I’m trilingual (I speak English, French & Arabic) and I’m also a good communicator. I have a Master degree in accounting and I’m known for being a detail-oriented, well-organized team player. I never miss deadlines and I can juggle multiple tasks at once.

Abdelhakim Jinane, MAcc

Public Relations Officer