Board of Directors
Derick A. Lila, Ph.D. Candidate at Trent University, MS., MSc., BSc., Ontario, Canada.
Derick is originally from Bamenda, Cameroon and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Trent University in Ontario, Canada where he’s studying biomaterials and synthesis with the focus on environmentally ‘friendly’ polymers for use in the manufacture of lubricants. His work also focuses on plastic waste and pollutants, getting involved in this program couldn’t be but a real advantage. He holds a Master of Science from Clark University in Environmental Science and Policy and both Master and Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Yaoundé, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
He has an extensive background in natural sciences and a repertoire of interdisciplinary study on two continents. He has a passion sustainable economic growth and development and strongly believes that clean environment, in which water quality, health, and eco-social values are foster are the recipes for success and sound policy.
Key Expertise: Environmental Science, Policy, Clean Energy, Solar Energy, Environmental Law & Pollution, Waste Management, Environmental Compliance.
Mr. Anthony Oduro, MBA, MA, MSc., & BSc., Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Anthony recently received his MBA from Clark University and a Master of Arts in Community Development & Planning. Prior to his academic works at Clark, he earned a Master of Science in Development & Innovation from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands as well as a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University Cape Coast, Ghana. He currently works in Milford at the Commercial Credit Analyst at the Milford Federal Savings and Loans Association. I have known Anthony for over 6 years and we shared similar interests in development, agronomy, and food security in developing countries. Having Anthony as a member of the Board will further our goal within the nonprofit sector. Anthony is originally from Ghana.
Mr. Joseph Jarbah, BA, Seattle, Washington, USA
Joseph earned his Bachelor of Science in Global Development from the Seattle Pacific University. He is the Executive Director for Children’s Welfare International – a non-profit organization based in the US with accreditation to operate in Liberia as a non-governmental organization which focuses on educational enrichment, college preparation, and career development services for low income and under served communities in the US and scholarship opportunities, nutritious residential facility and additional family support services in Liberia.
Children’s Welfare International vision is to provide a better future for every child. I have known Joseph for about 20 years now and our relationships go as far back to your work with the Church of Christ in Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Liberia. Joseph currently lives in Seatle, Washington and has expressed interest in becoming a member of the Board of Directors of INDESEEM. He’s originally from Liberia.
Ms. Latoya Jones, Ph.D. Candidate, MSc., BSc., Newark, New Jersey, USA
Latoya is currently a doctoral student at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey and is currently in South Africa doing her research work towards her degree. She earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography, Environmental Policy Institutions, and Behaviors from Rutgers University.
She is the Founder of Sustainable Jones, LLC – an environmental consulting company which specializes in environmental communication, energy audits, sustainability plans, environmental health and safety, project management, and research. I have known Latoya since 2012 and we’ve worked on few projects together including winning a grant with the New Economy Institute to conduct a summit at Clark University which promote new/local economies. Latoya lives in New Jersey.
Mr. Afrifa Mensah, BS, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Afrifa is originally from Kumasi Ghana and holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Development. He is the Founder of Afrimens Academy – an educational nonprofit organization based in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.
The vision of his organization is to provide quality education to rural communities in Ghana with a specific focus on math, science, technology, and cultural studies. Afrifa is currently in Ghana to ensure that the building of the school is completed as scheduled. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Samuel Jacobs-Abbey, PhD., MBA., Washington, D.C., USA
Samuel is a Conflict Analyst and a Director of the International Centre for Conflict and Human Rights Analysis (ICCHRA). He is founder and CEO of Health Wings LLC. Samuel has a background in International Humanitarian Law with in-depth knowledge and extensive study in Conflict Management and Peace Building processes. He became involved in several international projects from which he learned firsthand that other cultures also struggle with how best to resolve differences and conflict in a mutually beneficial way. After much experience in his career as a Conflict Analyst, he served with United Nations missions in several parts of the world and then worked with the West Africa Youth Network as its liaison officer to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and then worked for several years as a peace trainer, conflict analyst, human rights activist, social entrepreneur and social change activist in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Far East and South America.
In August 2005 he was made an Honorary Peace Ambassador by the Apeadu Peace Centre at a ceremony witnessed by Audrey Kitagawa, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Children associated with armed conflict.
In 2007, he was awarded International Human Rights Hero by Artists for Human Rights at a ceremony held in Los Angeles, which was witnessed by high profile United Nations staff. He recently graduated with a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Kaplan University and is a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Samuel became a member of the Board of Directors of INDESEEM in 2017.