SODEI brings together experts and staff from various humanitarian sectors. Our staff and researchers work globally to produce strategies that generate real change on the ground.
- Gilbert Ajebe AKAMECEO & Co-founder
- Helen-Peggy TakemFinance & Operations Director
- Muhammad SherbazDevelopment Director
- Rosaline Awutarh Bates AnomaProgramme Director
- Maloba Susan mbanyiProgram Manager
- Ahmad ShahFundraising and Partnerships Specialist
- Tataw Ayuk EmilieLESPLAY program coordinator
- Justin NdomiField Coordinator
- Tebah Ruth EnjohCreative Arts Coordinator
- Nicole MbiatemCommunications Associate
Gilbert Ajebe Akame is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of SODEI, an international NGO which is dedicated towards protecting the rights of children and young people through equal access to education.
Gilbert has a rich academic and professional background that spans from local to global international recognition including areas like human rights protection and International development.
Drawing from the conviction that the greatest part of his existence unfolds in the service of humanity, Gilbert has champion top notched children and people’s right activism with international organizations like the United Nations, Contra Nocendi International.
With over 5years of leadership and decades of activism, Gilbert envisage a world where children and young people are provided with solid education and given a voice to make meaningful decisions impacting their world.
Gilbert has a Mphil in Peace and Conflict from the University of Tromsø – Norway and an LL.M in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from Viandrina European University – Frankfurt (Oder) Germany.
LANGUAGES: English, French and Norwegian
With over 12years of experience in Accounting and Finance, Helen Peggy Taken, brings a peculiar approach to the Sodei team as Operations Director.
With an outstanding background in economic activities, Helen’s success I includes; running businesses in Cameroon and at the same time passionate about given her services to humanity. Her dream is to create world were children and young people can grow up healthy and happily in order to participate actively in sustainable community development.
Sherbaz has held numerous leadership positions internationally including serving as the President of Perfect Attendance in Canada, officiating as the Executive Director of US-based Global Chamber, working as RegionalDirector MENA of RITE Education Associates, and managing various donor-funded programs. He served as Deputy Regional Manager MENA at the British Council contributing to the UK’s agenda on cultural relations with achievements in international education and training, curriculum and examinations reform, social development and community participation. As both staff (EU-funded Punjab Access to Justice project, local NGO: CCHD, Pakistan International School) and consultant (Center for Pakistan and Gulf Studies, STEM project, ISNUK, Medical Reception College), Sherbaz has acquired a wide variety of experience in the public, private and community sectors.
Sherbaz’s personal and professional background is characterized by his strong community and social involvement and his desire to create a more inclusive and tolerant society. He is known for his visionary spirit and his remarkable skills as a leader, unifier and strategist. He is a tireless volunteer, who loves to share his expertise by acting as a mentor for programs in the community; directing marketing initiatives, spearheading development of volunteer and membership schemes, advocating for the nonprofit and educational sectors, and planning programs and projects.
Sherbaz received a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), with BBA in Marketing and a Diploma in Marketing from the Manchester Metropolitan University.
Rosaline Awutarh Bates Anoma
Rosaline Awutarh Bates Anomais a feminist from Cameroon who is currently a Doctoral candidate in Human Rights Law at the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen Nuremberg, Germany. She gained her masters in International Law and Human Rights Law and her BA in Law and Political Science. In the past she has worked with Contra Nocendi Cameroon, Pan African Institute for Development, Sustainable Aid for Widows and Orphans, ServitasCameroon and she is constantly thinking about how social (in)justice impacts our lives in a million huge and tiny ways.
Maloba Susan mbanyi
Susan Maloba is a dynamic professional with interdisciplinary and multicultural skills. Susan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management and a Higher National Diploma in Marketing. Susan has more than 7 years of experience in the fields of management and administration across different organizations during which she developed an impressive work ethic. Her skills and training have seen her work with young organizations where she helped to boost their growth, assisting them to meet the needs of the communities they are meant to serve and to ensure their missions and objectives were met. She has broad international experience gained through traveling to different countries to study courses on community development, project management, mentoring, biblical mission and discipleship. She has a good command of English and working knowledge of French. Susan is passionate about empowering young girls through mentoring, instruction and being a role model. She is dedicated to her work and believes in constant learning and constant growth as an important professional principle.
Ahmad Shah is an accomplished professional who has served with many national and international organizations particularly in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. He has a world of professional expertise gained from occupying various strategic positions in humanitarian, human rights and youth-based organizations. He has also participated in important projects in this regard. He has benefited from distinctive fellowships and grants. His interests include drug use reduction, youth engagement and innovation, fund raising and development and has worked with several governments and organizations to make these a reality. Presently, Ahmad also serves as an Exchange Ambassador with U.S. Embassy Pakistan and Youth Program Manager for the Drug Free Pakistan Foundation (DFPF).
Tataw Ayuk Emilie
Tataw Ayuk Emilie is a Journalism and Mass Communication graduate from the University of Buea who is passionate about community development and the empowerment of women and children. She has over 2 years of work and volunteering experience within these fields. She is a trained executive administrative assistant and currently serves as volunteer communications associate and SODEI’s LESPLAY program coordinator. She serves as a community sensitisation officer for the Center for the fight against Drug Addiction in Limbe, Cameroon. She is also a YALI network member and has participated in several community advocacy campaigns particularly in the area of Gender based violence and the rights of women and girls.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Buea – Cameroon. He also holds a professional diploma in International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice from Leiden University and is currently a master student in International Law at the University of Buea. His commitment to SODEI’s mission led him to actively participate and play an important role in establishing the SODEI Cameroon country office. Since graduating with his bachelor’s, Justin has performed various administrative, operations and advocacy roles with local CSOs including Contra Nocendi Cameroon and Human is Right Cameroon. Justin is a dedicated youth advocate and a trained facilitator. He has advanced training and professional experience in child protection in emergencies, Gender-based Violence and Humanitarian response to conflicts. He is also a trained Commonwealth Youth Facilitator on Peace & Conflict Resolution, Youth Deradicalization and Non-violence. Justin uses his skills in operations management to ensure the smooth running of SODEI operations in Cameroon. He employs his skills in youth advocacy and events facilitation to coordinate and facilitate outreach events within the Southwest region.
Tebah Ruth Enjoh
Ruth Tebah is a young and auspicious professional at the age of 19. Not being able to attend university immediately after obtaining her Advanced Level Certificate (High School Diploma), she engaged herself in volunteering as the Creative Arts Coordinator for SODEI. She plans to resume school in the university next academic year with ample experience in youth development. Ruth is very passionate about creative arts, which she started learning at the age of 7 in school. She continued practicing arts through drawing and sketching as a means to overcome difficulties in her childhood. She later participated in many arts competitions in and out of school which helped her grow as an artist. Ruth is excited and confident about being part of SODEI as she believes it was a timely opportunity for her to continue her personal growth while out of school; enhance her potential in creative arts and develop professionalism. She intends to be a nutritionist and a well-known artist in the nearest future. She hopes to impact many young people through what she loves doing – Arts.
Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea – Cameroon. Nicole has occupied various leadership roles at different stages during her days as a university student. Nicole was vice president of the Association of Student Journalists (ASJUB) in the University of Buea, and later on became president. Due to her commitment to serve, she was given the title “mother of the department” by students. Nicole has previous experience working with some media organizations. Her dedication to good communication and press spurred her to develop interest in SODEI’s work where she now uses her experience to grow organization’s communication and media profile. Nicole applies her skills and experience to ensure that SODEI’s communications strategy is properly implemented; the content for the communication channels are properly managed. She works across teams to plan, develop and share relevant content. Nicole is an advocate for the rights of women and believes strongly in gender equality.