Lila Ibrahim (Canadian)
BSoc.Sci. International Development & Globalization (University of Ottawa)
Ms. Lila Ibrahim was born in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada to a Ukrainian mother and Lebanese father. From the very beginning, she was learning languages, and about different cultures, discovering the challenges that vulnerable communities in these countries have faced. Lila is an aspiring and highly motivated international development professional with a strong passion for creating strategies towards education to the most vulnerable communities in the world. She received her education in Canada, where she is a graduate in Bachelors of Social Sciences with a minor in global studies. She also has three years of education in international Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa.
Her professional career began on her work term at AIMS, The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, in Kigali, Rwanda where she was working on the program and grants team working with international donors such as The MasterCard Foundation, Robert-Bosch and several African governments. Lila has also worked with an up and coming information technology company in Rwanda as a communications marketing manager. Lila has experienced working with Amnesty International, advocating for the rights and needs of the most vulnerable groups of countries, and the least developed countries. She has also received experience working with AIESEC as a global village manager, managing university students on their volunteer exchanges.
Her deep knowledge of developed issues has been intensified by extensive travel, both professional and privately, in countries such as Japan, USA, Ukraine, Lebanon, Cuba, Rwanda, Uganda, and France. With the mixture of developing and developed countries that she has traveled to, she has acquired knowledge of the positive and negative impacts of globalization.
Lauren Lehman (CAnadian)
Assistant Executive Director
BA in Environmental Sciences & Biology, MA in Geography (University of Ottawa)
Ms. Lauren Lehman is the Assistant Executive Director of the African Community Fund for Education Canada. As a former educator and teaching assistant, Lauren understands firsthand the importance of accessible and sustainable education and is passionate about being part of a team helping to empower future African leaders. Lauren is skilled in community organizing and has worked with various organizations including Textbooks for Change and Ecology Ottawa where she worked on expanding community partnerships and strengthening networks in and around Ottawa, ON. During her time with Textbooks for Change, Lauren also gained a critical understanding of the barriers faced by members of the African community during their post-secondary education and has worked to alleviate some of these barriers by providing free textbooks and educational material to students in West African.
Lauren is currently working towards a Master’s of Arts degree in Geography at the University of Ottawa where she is studying barriers to intervention services for children with special needs. Lauren hopes that her strong research skills and expertise will help strength ACFE Canada’s leadership and that together with the help of all Canadians be able enact positive change within the African community.