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IAD Graduate Fellows Profile

Rhoda Offei, Mapange Nsapato and Amarachi Emeziem (from left to right)


IAD Graduate Fellows 2017/2018:


Amarachi Emeziem (Nigeria)

Amarachi Emeziem received her first degree in Computer Science with honors from Anambra State University in her home country, Nigeria. Upon her graduation, she participated in the Nigerian National Youth Service program for a year where she taught computer skills and general computer applications to high school students in the Niger Delta area of Bayelsa State. Since 2012, Ms. Amarachi has worked as a high school teacher under the employment of the Imo State Ministry of Education. She has served as a mentor to young student – especially female students – empowering them to embrace self-development through education, skills acquisition, smallholder agro-engagement and rural community development She hopes her graduate studies in international development at Cornell will help her develop policy-making skills, community development, advocacy and engagement.

Titus Maritim (Kenya)

Titus Maritim earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a specialization in transportation systems from Cornell. He is now currently pursuing his Masters of Engineering Management degree with specialization in Operations. Mr. Maritim, has a strong interest in sustainable development and has been involved with the Cornell chapter of Engineers without Borders for several years. He has a passion for operations and in intellectually stimulating work that involves applying analytical skills and knowledge of modelling techniques to minimize operational inefficiencies and support decision making.  Mr. Maritim has been involved in the project management team overseeing the design implementation and construction of two high visibility capital projects on the Cornell campus, Klarman Hall and the Upson Renovation project. He assisted with monitoring budget and streamlining operations to mitigate risk and cost reducing inefficiencies during the execution of the project.  Upon graduation, he intends to pursue opportunities in industry that are related to operations and risk management.

David Ndereba (Kenya)

David Ndereba received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in the Computing and Information Science department. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Science from the same department. Born and raised in Nyeri, Kenya, David learned about the technology boom and observed how technologies such as MPesa (a mobile money transfer platform started in Nairobi Kenya) solved everyday challenges and transformed people’s lives and businesses. He was inspired to pursue studies in a tech related field in order to be part of the generation of Kenyans that help the country embrace information technology and build the economy around it. David is the founder of Wings to Soar, a platform designed to help talented students from developing countries gain access to higher education in countries with advanced technology. His goal for Wings to Soar is to encourage these young adults to learn from the best in order to be equipped to advance technology in their own countries. David acknowledges that as a software engineer, he has to keep learning new technologies as they evolve. He intends to be involved in building the Silicon Savannah, a technology and business city in the heart of East Africa.

Mapange Nsapato (Zambia)

Mapange Nsapato holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Zambia. He is a member of the Zambian bar and practices law in the firm of Chibesakunda & Co. Advocates (a part of the DLA Piper Group). He has worked on various instructions including banking and finance, mining, corporate Advisory and litigation representing corporations, banks and mining firms, among others. Mr. Nsapato has been involved in some of Zambia’s landmark cases, including the 2016 presidential election petition.  Mr. Nsapato is an avid reader of biographies of world revolutionist dedicated to political struggle in Africa and beyond including Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro and Mahatma Gandhi. The influence of these revolutionaries, all lawyers, led to his resolve to study law. “I was greatly intrigued by the interplay between service to country, law and social change,” he recalls. “I wanted to study law in order to be of service to my community much like the men I read about in those biographies."  Mr. Nsapato is a volunteer with the Zambia National Legal Aid Board that provides free legal services to underprivileged Zambians. He has represented various indigent accused on charges including murder, aggravated robbery and theft. An associate editor of the Southern Institute of African Studies (SAIPAR), legal section, he chose Cornell Law to learn from the top legal minds. He plans to return to Zambia to teach and to continue his pro bono work. In addition to English, Mr. Nsapato is fluent in Bemba and Russian.

Rhoda Offei (Ghana)

Rhoda Offei holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana. She was called to the Ghana bar in September 2016 and practiced for a while in Ghana before she relocated to the United States to pursue her Masters in Law at the Cornell University. Rhoda began her career as a Pupil in Ankoma-Sey & Associates, a law firm in Ghana and later became an Associate in the firm. She worked on a variety of cases ranging from land disputes, matrimonial issues, and recovery of debt to actions for breach of contract. Rhoda is a member and the Secretary of a non-governmental organization called Trans-Generational Impact, which focuses primarily on empowering the youth through organizing career guidance seminars. This NGO has since its inception, organized a number of career seminars, which targets senior and junior high school students in Ghana and has made meaningful impact in the lives of these students. She hopes to employ all the skills and knowledge she acquires from her studies at Cornell to help organize more career guidance seminars to transform the lives of the youth. Her desire to specialize in Corporate Finance and other business related areas of law informed her decision to pursue her Masters at the Cornell University. She intends to use the knowledge she acquires from her LLM program to contribute to the fiscal and financial policies in Ghana.

Titus Maritim
David Ndereba
Rhoda Offei
Mapange Nsapato