Our team tirelessly makes a positive impact on global quality education. We have a strong culture that values empathy, innovation and creativity, teamwork as well as a drive to deliver Education for Sustainable Development by 2030.
Director Global Schools Program
Sam Loni is a young leader and social entrepreneur who has spent his career leading social impact organisations around the world. He has been recognised as a young peace-builder by the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, by Forbes Magazine as one of Asia’s top under-30 social entrepreneurs, and by the NAEEA as a 30-under-30 fellow. Since 2015, Sam has served as a Program Director at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) – a research and policy organisation, working under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary-General, Antònio Guterres.
During his time at the SDSN, Sam has worked across a range of projects, including development finance, innovation systems, sustainable cities, and more recently, education for sustainable development, under Global Schools and Mission 4.7. Sam was also the founder of SDSN Youth, one of the world’s biggest networks of young leaders dedicated to action on sustainable development, operating across 80 countries and 22 regional centres. Sam is currently based at the University of Oxford, Christ Church College, undertaking graduate studies as part of the Oxford 1+1 Programme.
Program Manager, Global Schools Program
Amanda Abrom is the Program Manager of Global Schools, an initiative of the SDSN. She is currently completing her Masters Dissertation via Columbia University and the London School of Economics on the intersection of SDG 4.7, teacher professional development, and K12 education. Previously, she worked as a teacher in Spain where she led the Model UN Global Classrooms project and taught English, Geography, and History for students aged 12-16.
She also taught at a public school in Chile with the Chilean Ministry of Education and was a program assistant for the US Department of State’s international exchange programs for students from 13 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region. She also has experience running extra-curricular English camps in South America for the British Council. She is recognized as a current UNCTAD Youth Delegate and a Global Ambassador for SDG 4 on behalf of UNA-USA and the UN Foundation. She is a Fulbright Scholar and has completed Master’s level internships for UNICEF’s Education Cannot Wait Fund, the UN SDSN, and worked as a Research Assistant at the Columbia Earth Institute.
Emmanuel Michael Emechete is a SDGs Advocate and a Technology enthusiast, He is the founder of a business and career Consulting firm called Anointed Consult, and Orupa a renewable energy and climate change organization, which focus on the use of technology in achieving the SDGs and solving global issues; one of their recent initiatives is called STEM for SDGs (#STEM4SDGs). He served as the Regional Focal Point for SDG8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, and was one of the first set of advocates at the Global Schools Program for the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Youth).
He has Represent the UN MGCY at ILO workshop in Nairobi; Kenya, Abuja; Nigeria, and several other events within Africa. He is presently serving as the Regional Focal Point for SDG7 (clean and Affordable Energy) Youth Constituency at the UN MGCY. Over the last three years he has been actively involved in the technology and Innovation sectors, both as a STEM trainer, Robotics instructor, digital skills and literacy expert, a web designer and code instructor.
He has been involved in coordination of projects such as Code Lagos and initiative of the Lagos state Government, facilitated a coding session to train 400 girls in Ondo State Nigeria, an initiative of the wife of the governor of Ondo state. He has held, organized and facilitated several free training sessions to help children and youths in rural and semi-urban communities acquire digital skills for the future of work and gain access to decent jobs.
Emmanuel Michael Emechete
Fikayo Agha, Project Officer
Fikayo Agha currently serves as the Project Officer, Advocacy of the Global Schools team. Prior to that, she served an Advocate for the Global Schools Program in Nigeria. She is a final year law student at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, an SDG4 (Quality Education) Advocate and an International Development enthusiast. From 2019-2020 she served as the Welfare Secretary and Program Manager of a gender and development Organisation, In Our Hands Development Initiative. Also served as the Director of Creative Content at a student led children's charity organization, Arms of Clemency.
She has volunteered for several youth led initiatives and charitable functions, interned at the Lagos State Ministry of Justice Office of the Public Defender and runs an opportunity clinic for students and young graduates in search for global opportunities. When not working, she loves listening to classics, watching Korean drama, and reading.
Kannan R Nair is Project Officer (Advocacy) at Global Schools Program, UN-SDSN. He is also a Non-Resident Research Fellow at the Eurasian Research and Analysis Institute. He was previously associated with the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi, Global Youth Ambassador at Theirworld and Young Leader's Program, Pacific Forum. Currently pursuing his Integrated Masters in Political Science at the Central University of Pondicherry.
Kannan is also a regular commentator on Foreign policy and International Affairs. His opinions have appeared in the Australian Institute of International Affairs, South Asian Voices-Stimson Center, 9dashline, ModernDiplomacy, etc. He also presented scholarly papers at International and National conferences.
Kannan R Nair, Project Officer
Kendra-Lee Heney is a Global Schools Project Officer (Advocacy) from Toronto, Canada. Her main interest is empowering children and youth with disabilities through quality education to ensure that they are actively included and involved in their local communities. Kendra has a Master’s degree in Children, Youth, and International Development from Brunel University in the United Kingdom as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Disability Studies from Western University in Canada.
She has 8 years’ experience promoting inclusive education, both within the classroom as well as through outdoor education organizations. She has worked with schools and education-based NGOs in Canada, the United Kingdom, Rwanda, and Uganda to promote inclusive curriculum, capacity building, and teacher training. She is currently working with Hope and Healing International as a Child Development Curriculum and Research Specialist to implement a Resiliency Curriculum within schools in Africa.
Felix Mmeka currently serves as the Project Officer (Advocacy) within the Global Schools team at UN-SDSN Youth. With the Social-Economic Development space, He has previously held various advocacy and development roles including local pathways fellow at UN SDSN-Youth, global schools ambassador at UN SDSN-Youth, sports officer & trustee at Swansea University Students’ Union, program coordinator (Port Harcourt) at Slum2Schools Nigeria, etc.
These experiences gave him an appreciation of how championing the SDGs can significantly impact people’s lives. His passion for the SDGs especially SDG1 (No Poverty) and SDG4 (Quality Education) was inspired by opportunities to positively impact and give back to his local community and has been spurred on by the passion and working with brilliant young professionals. Felix has a Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Swansea University, UK and completed the Green Economy Program at Ryerson University, Canada.