Board of Directors
The International Institute For Global Leadership is governed by a board of directors and an advisory council. The Board of Directors is the legal entity responsible for the Institute and serves as a kind of 'executive committee' for the Leadership Institute's advisory council.
We are committed to the democratic involvement of all participants as the Institute continues to grow and evolve - with the goal that we can more effectively serve our students and the transformation of the planet.
For this reason, in addition to the Board of Directors, we have created an Advisory Council which works in cooperation with the Board in guiding the growth and development of the Institute. The Advisory Council is composed of Sponsors (financial contributors) and Students.
My name is Noeline Kirabo Mulongo. I joined IIGL in 2005. I got to know about this institute as I was surfing the net for worthwhile opportunities and IIGL was just perfect in timing. I need something to inspire me onto my next level. I was pretty tired of all that was happening in my life because it seemed the same usual stuff which no longer gave me any motivation.
I remember the first provisional book that I worked on; I just could not have enough of it. I read it over and over again and was wondering why it had taken me so long to discover such a resourceful site. I must say my life has not remained the same ever since I enrolled.
From as early as I can remember I have always been passionate about leading and influencing others positively. I have noticed over time that wherever I go, I have people follow me and buying into my ideas. It amazes me some times. IIGL is helping me direct my efforts in the right direction.
I am currently leading/ coordinating the IIGL student’s body in Uganda which meets once in two months and is experiencing steady growth and increase. I chair a committee of three that serves over 20 students currently. I love pioneering; it is part of who I am.
I am a counselor by profession and one of the things that gives me so much satisfaction is being able to help another person live a more full and meaningful life. I am also a trainer/ facilitator as well as hold several leadership positions.
I am humbled to be on the board and I look forward to serving my fellow students and stakeholders.
Together we can!!
1st Vice President
Iziomoh Bidemi Felix, Nigerian Coordinator is the founder of Beeflex Sports a subsidiary of Beeflex Ventures. A graduate of Human Kinetics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and also a graduate of Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership studies from the prestigious International Institute for Global Leadership, Asheville, NC, USA where he received an award for Exemplary work and Achievement for being the first student to complete the study. He holds a Masters in Situations and Circumstances a non academic degree from the Institute for Conscious Creation, USA. Felix is a member of the board and a mentor of International Institute for Global Leadership. He has also won several awards as a volunteer soccer coach from the American International School Lagos, Nigeria. Felix has written numerous articles which are published he is also the author of two books titled: “African Leadership 101” and “The way forward”.
N. “Lindzee” Lindholm
North Carolina, USA
2nd Vice President
n.lindzee.lindho lm @gmail.com
With the help of principles and tools learned through IIGL, I am answering the call to perform mediation and peacekeeping work to Ireland and Northern Ireland by focusing on the common ground of belief in God and principles of peace, equality, and social justice for all as Executive Director of Gods_i_ international (GII). I am proud to serve with British, Irish, and American roots.
Thus far, I have enjoyed being an IIGL student. Several lessons I have gleaned include: i) continually set goals and put them in writing, ii) keep a pulse in life by focusing on the pluses, and iii) you are what you think.
I enjoy helping people as a counselor. Academically, I am finishing a PhD in theology by working on my dissertation emphasizing peacebuilding in Northern Ireland. My degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in music, a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, a Master of Arts in psychology, and a Juris Doctor with Summa Cum Laude distinction. My hobbies are reading, writing, jogging, singing, playing my bassoon, and taking walks with my Himalayan cat Alexander "Sandy" Hamilton.
Alburquerque, New Mexico, USA
My life work is to help restore Harmony - within the individual, within relationships, and within systems. I do this through facilitation, mediation, coaching, training, and the practice of alternative healing arts.
I am the founder of Bridges of Peace in Santa Fe, NM and currently serve on the Boards of Children First and the International Institute for Global Leadership. Living my belief that we each are created to be of service to others, I volunteer for a variety of community service organizations around the USA.
I have been a trainer in communication and leadership skills for over 25 years, working with institutions and in the private sector, and have provided facilitation and mediation services for a wide variety of organizations and state agencies, specializing in meeting the unique needs of non-profit organizations.
My work is focused on bringing seemingly discordant voices together in collaborations which produce wisdom, growth and harmony, and result in the greatest number of needs being met for the greatest number of people.
Website: Bridges Of Peace
Landrum, South Carolina, USA
I read a quote years ago that has been useful to me every since. The gist was that it's more effective to create what you want in the world than to fight against what you don't want. That is one of many reasons I was drawn to IIGL. I also appreciate the intercultural nature of the program since culture is one of my passions. I work as a writer and editor for a company in India, for international Ph.D. students, and for school districts as well as teach World Cultures at a Minnesota college. To balance all the computer time, I work in the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore where we recycle all kinds of housing materials and items. Wherever I go, I love to learn from my experiences and from the people around me.
My name is Kabera Charles. In this profile I am going to concentrate mostly on the incentives that stimulate me to pursue further studies and reflect the motives for my choice of International Institute for Global Leadershipas well as stating my future career objectives.
I completed my Bachelor of Law Degree Program this year at Kigali Independent University (Rwanda). The topic of my Bachelor’s degree Dissertation is “A critical Analysis of Effectiveness of Tax Offences Control Mechanisms under Rwandan Law”.
The research experience I obtained during my Bachelor’s degree studies helped me develop the skills I consider very useful. I was able to clearly understand the theoretical and conceptual framework of taxation concepts of Taxation and I recommended measures to address Tax evasion after elaborating causes of tax evasion and its negative effect on national development.
My future plans are to become a good leadeer and formulate good policies that will lead to betterment of my community.
Fortunately I have ten (10) years of experience working in different fields such as Auditing, Customs, Taxation and I think I may employ that experience as an insight of what is happening outside Academia which I believe will facilitate me to cope up with your training.
I have chosen to pursue this Leadership course because it has such a demand for new ideas.
My education and experience suits me to attend your course . I have a Diploma in Business Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law. I have also taken many courses and obtained certificates in:
• International Players in public Finance and Debt Management;
• Risk Management;
• Public Finance;
• Elements of Banking;
• Data processing;
I also have a Diploma in French Language as a third language after my native language and English. All this probably makes me a good Operations Policy Leader and Manager, but my objective is to become a better one.
Currently, I am employed as Head of Customs Operations Policy by Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA). My duties and responsibilities are to research operational best practices and procedures, set operational policy standards, issue operational instructions and evaluate outcomes and monitor results. It is therefore my responsibility to:
• Come up with proposals for areas where a policy is needed;
• Scan the key areas to see where there are gaps;
• Observe trends and what is happening in other countries;
• Prepare policy proposals to the Senior Management Team(SMT)
• Write Policy Documents;
• Prepare instructions for the operational staff together with the
responsible departments within my organization;
• Be resource person in the permanent committees.
I devise Policy Programs to assist Departments in RRA to perform better. I also review and harmonizes Procedure Manuals, Decisions and Instructions on regular basis and create the new ones whenever need arises.
As a retired aerospace engineer my outer world background has been mostly technical - yet basic interests have always been humanistic/spiritual/metaphysical. Other interests include nature, photography, woodworking and boating. I have also found enrichment in community service since retirement.
Our existence is a profound, challenging and most meaningful mystery. Big things are afoot on the planet - all beginning with individual consciousness. IIGL promotes the basic qualities required for a successful planetary future - specifically the empowerment of personal responsibility for actualizing ones ideals.
I feel a strong resonance with the philosophy of IIGL and am honored to serve on the board.
Afere A Lawrence
I was born in the year 1983. Growing up i discovered that my country is in dear need of effective leaders. I seriously made up my mind to be raised as a needed leader. Although, it has not been easy in my country but I am well focused to it. With this need, I enrolled in a university that raises leaders in God's ways. up till now, I still have a great passion for the development of my nation. To help me attain my goal in life, i do things that motivate me. I climb the shoulders of great leaders by reading their books and listening to their tapes. I always think if i can be the only one to solve the leadership problem of this nation. With this, i would soon open a foundation that aims at spreading positive vibration amongst the youths in my community. I love to see myself develop everyday. I don't like to meet myself the way i leave it yesterday. Very soon my profile is going to include how I positively change my country.
Kennedy John Offor
I am a graduate of electrical, electronics and computer engineering. Soon after my graduation in 2002, I found myself captivated in the use of computer. I have been learning and teaching computer to people since 2003. The packages I use frequently and teach include AutoCAD, Matlab, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. After my one year compulsory National Youth Service Corps in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State Nigeria in 2004 I opened a computer training centre in Yenagoa with only one computer I had when I was in the University. With the help of one Mr Felix Odubo, I was able to pay for an office space. From 2004 to 2006 I increased the number of computers to 15, rented a three bedroom office space with a large warehouse for the computer training business. I was able to give training to 250 people in the use of the above programs with the said period. I also helped the Geography department of Niger Delta University to design an MS Excel template for the computation of student's results.
Francis Okeny Silvio
Juba, South Sudan
I was born in a small town in south Sudan, called Torit, in the middle of the civil war that ravaged the country from between 1955 to 1972. I started my elementary school in 1978, but with much difficulties and irregularities I completed my secondary school in 1990, in the middle of another longest civil war in Sudan, between north and south. The war erupted as a result of race, religion and control of land resources.
I had wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer, but my dream was not what I should follow. In Africa, you must follow what your parents want you to be, thus, my parents wanted me to be a teacher. After my secondary school, I joined the Catholic missionary congregation, and I was told to study in a technical school and become a brother. I follow technical training for 2 years. Then a 2 year course on religious life. I took the vows as a missionary brother, and follow courses at the university where I completed and was awarded with a BA degree in social sciences.
I have to admit that, I had never had chance to study and become what I wanted to be. I was always told what to study and at the end, I ended up a different person. I studied several skills and have ended up being an activists. My experience of the civil war has help me to lean towards the studies on conflict managements or rather conflict resolution. I become critical about why people fight each other and what can be done to have a peaceful and better world. This is where I got stuck after leaving the missionary career. I became critical of being a religious person, because, I was told to evangelize and convert people into my religion, a view I disputed and I was forced to quit the religious career. I did not want to force people or ask them to convert into my religion. I realized, religion was one strong factor in most conflicts and civil wars, including that of my country, Sudan.
I participated in several activities, including leadership, in which I was elected to lead the youth and mobilized them for to join and support the war in Sudan. It was a difficult task, but for the love of my country, I mobilized the youth for about one year, and quit the job, after which I was accused of being negligent, and fired. I love to mobilized youth and teach them, but not take them to war.
But generally, my world view is shaped by my academic career and refugee life experience for the last 23 years. Therefore, I love and believe in democracy. The system we all admired, where people are free mentally, socially, politically and economically, although there is still problems to be solve in the democratic western world, there is a degree of success, and all human beings embraces the peaceful and democratic system, given the asylum influx that we read on the newspapers.
Yieh Odette Gwain
I am Yieh Odette Gwain a female Cameroonian who lives presently in Bamenda and working as Bilingual Secretary in a renown Security Company. I am perfectly bilingual as i speak, write and read French and English. I like humanitarian actions which can help in the education of the under privilege in the society in which I find myself. I think personally that Cameroon is blessed in very many ways but lacks the proper means to exploit their resources or better still they do not have a proper mastery of their resources and they ways through which they can exploit them. Reading is one of my passions amongst others. I read a lot of educative books and I believe that if things went as they are said in books then the world will become a wonderful place to be and live in. Together we can make the world a place to be. I have had some experiences and has attended two workshops on leadership training and skills organized by the Company in Which I work. My hobbies not withstanding are: Watching TV, Reading books (Novels and other educative books), Internet, Typing, Sports and Traveling.
I was born in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia on December 1st 1978. I am the second son of my parents. When I was a baby my father left us and went to war frontier in the east of Ethiopia. Since then all of the responsibility was on the shoulder of my mother and she raised us without our father’s involvement.
When I was in the elementary school I had been involved in school’s mini media club as a journalist. Since then love of literature and philosophy was developed in my heart and mind. Before graduating from Ginbot 20 residential high school at 2001, I joined Fortune, a local weekly newspaper as sales and marketing promoter until 2002.
After that I worked at Novell Net Computer Technology in the same position. As the same time, I had been involved in various organizations such as Ethiopian family Planning Association youth center, Webet Amateur Journalist Club, Pact Ethiopia, Youth Network Club and so on.
More over, I have attended various workshops, seminars, and symposiums on IT, youth forum, policy issues and religion.
November 2004 I founded with my friends Energize Ethiopia, a local NGO working on solar energy, basic and adult education, environmental protection and health literacy. In Energize Ethiopia I have a position as deputy manager. In addition, I am working at Music MayDay Ethiopia, a NGO working on art and culture under the objectives of “Youth education through popular forms of art for positive thinking and development”; Dance4Life school pilot project as an assistant coordinator.
Also I am involved at MM-ET book reading club, Book for Ethiopia, Quantum discussion group. Presently Asian classics institute, based on USA, is teaching me through distance learning Buddhist philosophy.
Finally I would like to express my deep desire that I am committed to serve human kind in order to bring a better change and consciousness for our world. Personally I like reading, discussing, travel, and as special interest am studying Secular Humanism.
Kosi Sepénou Davui
I have always been interested in human development, social work-human service and humanitarian actions. I began this in my family, through my parents. This led me to community service in a variety of activities with local NGOs in my country Togo . I served as volunteer in the field of peace mission-projects, assistance to disable and old persons, protection and promotion of children's education, youth development, advocacy on human rights, campaign on health concerns and protection of environment.
With my graduation from IIGL studies, I am making career in social entrepreneurship and leadership as change maker, agent of change. I am consultant, educator, trainer and coach. My aim is to get involved in people's development in general, youth in particular.
I have profound and particular respect to parents, older persons and children. I love family life as home peace maker.
My goal in life is to take part in the well being of others as helper, advisor available to serve human cause anywhere. I am highly interested in the social, ethics, human virtues and philosophic studies. I am a lifelong learner to know more and further about human diversity. Self help books are my favorite.
I believe any authentic change and transformation begins from the self. This is my first personal leadership experience. I hate greed, a zero-sum view of the world, inertia, lack of trust as well as lack of vision and leadership and unity of purpose in life. Those are constraints and forces which hinder our personal and collective development. For me, any human sustainable development begins from self knowledge and consciousness. It is the focus on self awareness, empowerment and improvement, growth and development to undertake something worthwhile to change one's life in the positive way; reach success and happiness. It is a choice to live purposefully to shape a destiny. It is a matter of personal responsibility to take a stand for one's life to reach others. It is a personal process of liberation man engages to make wonders achieving peace, prosperity and freedom.
Wanda Gail Campbell
Huntsville, Alabama, USA
I was born to be a peacemaker. Most of my childhood was spent in rural Alabama- the southern part of the United States of America. This was during the turbulent birth of civil rights activities. In a strongly codependent community, I learned the strength of personal integrity and dedicated work ethics. Now I am astutely aware of our family's ignorance of and isolation from the global arena. I see our sheer unawareness of how our actions affected the bigger picture. We seemed to be mostly spiritually asleep and focused on physical survival with weekly attention to fundamentalist religious dogma.
Many years and several careers later, in addition to serving IIGL, I presently serve as a Minister of Peace with The Beloved Community. This ministry offers opportunities to serve joyfully in a “ministry of the moment”. Not only is this fun, it includes a wide variety of experiences. I also serve as a board member for The Beloved Community.
I am currently quite delighted to serve the Evolutionary Impulse (my soul's need to express) through a variety of volunteer work. Locally, I joyfully work as a Diplomatic Corps volunteer with International Services which allows me to experience expanded awareness of many global cultures when we accommodate visitors invited by the US State Department who focus on a wide range of objectives. My responsibilities may include: day tour guide, airport greeting and transportation, group dinners or overnight housing for 1-3 guests.
I have learned that one way to live peace is to assist and encourage others to connect to Divine Essence and to allow an authentic expression of that to emerge as a powerful force in the world. It is evident that most of us have daily opportunities to self-correct and to close the gap between what we hold as core values and how we actually live in the world. It is my heart's desire to live authentically and with transparency.
Another part of the authentic process involves empowering the energies of the divine feminine in both men and women. Then, we will feed all the hungry peoples of the world, we will require of ourselves 100% personal self-responsibility, and we will know how to co-exist in harmony with all forms of life on this precious planet.
Paa Kwesi Inkumsah
Paa Kwesi Inkumsah, born on the 14th of May 1978 in Accra, Ghana, has always remained a daring, focused young man who always saw possibilities. In 1998 he pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in the Cape Coast University in Ghana.
Feeling that he had been to the university pursuing a field of study that didn’t relate much to his persona, he finally discovered himself and realized one of the things he was good at, i.e. dealing with people. He enrolled in the Cornell School of Management, in New York in 2006 where he concentrated on people management.
His further interest in leadership and entrepreneurship sparked up a passion within him which he assiduously pursued with the Junior Chamber International (JCI), a worldwide federation of young leaders and entrepreneurs. He graduated from the 21st JCI Academy in Tachikawa, Japan in 2008 where he obtained a special diploma in global networking. He rose up the ranks since his active involved from 2005 and is currently the 2009 President of JCI Ghana.
His involvement with the International Institute of Global Leadership set his thought process through a mind revolution where he has persistently revived his mindset and maintained a different perception about the world he lives in.
He likes to network with positive minds diversified in thoughts and critical in thinking; he dines with success masters like Nelson Mandela and Anthony Robbins through their books and speeches. Papa Kwesi Inkumsah has merited serving on several boards in Ghana and beyond.
He is currently a Certified Local Trainer accredited from the JCI Training Institute in Missouri, USA. And actively involved in human development. He shares a very special place in his heart for philanthropy and forever will remain a volunteer of sharing positive energies.