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


Albert served as president of United Africa foundation and was responsible for running all facets of the organization. Since graduating from National Institute of Information Technology and earning a graduate diploma in Network Engineering and a Diploma in Project Management from the International Business Institute in Berlin, Albert has helped non-profits from a variety of vantage points. 

Albert Wilson Ahadjie

Event Manager


Nicole Geissmann is an experienced self-directed event specialist. She helps the Organizing Comittee to successfully carrying out large exhibitions. She’s fluent in English, French and Spanish, with intermediate knowledge of Portuguese. She completed a bachelor’s degree in International Relations in December 2019.  Nicole has been honored as excellent public speaking and problem solving for her contributions in Model United Nations, earning a highlight of outstanding delegate in 2017.

She’s from El Salvador, and she’s also French. During her free time, she enjoys travelling, working out and dancing. She believes that listening to other people’s opinions is vital in becoming a considerate and non-judgemental person and that doing good for the community provides a natural sense of accomplishment. She’s excited to meet the team!   “



Nicole Geissmann, BA

Communications/Event Specialist

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 Coordinator

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