Strategy and Fundraising
In 2012, African graduate students – Misan Rewane, Karan Chopra, Bryan Mezue and Navid Rahimi – sat in a room at the Harvard Innovation Lab and brainstormed ways to address the disenfranchisement of African youths back home. The seeds that were planted grew over the next year to become WAVE Hospitality Academy. Our team is passionate about solving a ‘skills gap’ problem that plagues most West African countries, and reversing the threats of unemployment and disillusionment.
Being West Africans themselves, the WAVE team understands the local operating context, brings strong execution experience in the region and is passionate about making a difference in expanding social mobility opportunities for their West African counterparts.
Misan is passionate about using education to impact youth and effect change.
A Nigerian, she previously worked at Monitor Group, Technoserve, Bridge International Academies, and The Center for Public Policy Alternatives. She has also co-founded IMPACT Initiative (a youth development non-profit), and Desigining Futures (an education incubator).
Misan has received degrees from Stanford University and Harvard Business School.
Karan is passionate about creating economic empowerment in West Africa.
He was raised in and lived in Ghana for over 20 years. He previously worked at McKinsey and Company, and currently is on the executive board for the integrated agri-food company GADCO.
Karan has received degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School where he was a distinguished Baker Scholar.
Modupe is passionate about the role of technology to promote education in enabling youth empowerment.
A Togo-born Nigerian, she has served as Director of Student Affairs at the African University of Science & Technology in Abuja. She is currently the Research Operations Manager of the Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) program at The Khana Group.
A McNair scholar, Modupe has received degrees from University of Delaware and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Bryan is passionate about the potential of African youth to disrupt ineffective systems, and bring demographic dividends to Africa.
A Nigerian, he previously worked at Bain and Company, d.light design (Lagos), and Actis Capital. He has launched several technology startups, and has experience in Silicon Valley with MyTime.com.
Bryan has received degrees from Warwick University, Tsinghua University and Harvard Business School.
Curriculum & Instructional Design
Bryan Chidubem Mezue
Strategy & Product Development
See us in action!
See the team in action after winning runner-up prize and crowd favorite award at the 2013 Harvard Business School New Venture Competition (Social Enterprise Track).
Modupe Coker Ajilogba
Modupe manages the academy and training operations at WAVE. she is responsible for the successful running of the hospitality and retail training program as well as the management of the academy.
Modupe is a psychology graduate from the University of Essex, UK. Since graduating, she has worked a Corporate Governance Analyst, Statistician and Youth Coordinator. Most recently, she initiated the ENGINE project- a Coca Cola and DfID funded initiative targeting marginalized teenage girls.
Modupe is very passionate about youth development and Adolescent Mental Health.
Nicolas coordinates all outreach programmes for WAVE, which involves working with government agencies, NGOs, religious institutions etc. to create awareness about WAVE among unemployed youths.
Prior to WAVE, Nicolas worked for Vera Tech Nig as a sales executive, developing marketing strategies and making sales pitches to clients.
Nicolas holds a degree in Adult Education from the University of Lagos, and is also a budding entrepreneur.
Fiyin coordinates admissions at WAVE where she is responsible for screening and selecting self-motivated unemployed youth to be part of the WAVE training program.
Prior to WAVE, she worked in the Service, Health and Construction/Real estate industries as a Human Resource Executive. She was responsible for Recruitment, Training and Development, Administration and other HR functions. She also worked with Heart2Heart NGO where she led various community development projects, including career and lifestyle development in secondary schools and rural communities in South west Nigeria.
Fiyin holds a B.Sc in Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and has attended various trainings in Human Resources Management, most recently at EDC Pan African University, Lagos.
Folakemi manages employer partnerships at WAVE, growing and maintaining a network of employer partners who are looking for junior-level talent and believe in the “hire for attitude, train for skill” approach.
Prior to WAVE, Folakemi worked in business development with Banksome Insurance Brokers, where she focused on international health plans. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos with acquired skills in project management and digital marketing.
Folakemi is passionate about equity and social justice in leadership and politics as it pertains to women in the societies of developing countries.
Omorinola has a passion for organizing and people development, which form the foundation of her career goals.
A Nigerian, her human resource management experience spans the retail, logistics and print media industries, most recently with GMT Limited. Outside work, you can find her channeling her energy towards her passion for events management.
Omorinola holds a B.Sc from Covenant University, M.Sc from University of Lagos and is an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.
Frank coordinates training activities and he is also responsible for the curriculum developement of the Academy.
Prior to WAVE, he worked at Kaizen Ventures as an address Verification Officer for account opening customers. Prior to joining Kaizen Ventures, Frank was a trainee of WAVE Academy.
Frank holds a BSc in Accounts from the University of Benin, and has atteneded a training program at AfterSchool Graduate Developement Centre(AGDC)
Training and Curriculum Developement
Salma coordinates all administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the WAVE office and is also responsible for alumni affairs, making sure alumni development needs are met.
Prior to WAVE, Salma held various roles at Kaizen Ventures including field analyst, address verification officer and debt recovery officer. Prior to joining Kaizen Ventures, Salma was a trainee at WAVE Academy.
Salma is an undergraduate of National Open University, and holds a certificate from Cisco Networking Academy. Outside of work Salma is passionate about all things Fashion.