Faculty and Academic Leadership

ALU’s faculty brings a collective wealth of diverse professional experiences, interests, and cultures to facilitate learning and growth in every student to develop the next generation of African and global leaders.

Academic Leadership

Catherine Koverola

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

As an educator, Catherine has been a pioneer in the ever-evolving advances of online and hybrid learning delivery models focused on the intentional integration of technology and pedagogy. Catherine is a steadfast advocate of faculty development and was the recipient of the American Council of Education Massachusetts Women’s Network Leadership Award in 2014. Originally from Canada, she has been a leader in higher education administration over a 30 year career that spans serving as Provost at Cambridge College, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University, Intermin Provost and Dean of Psychology at Anticoch University Seattle, and several administrative positions at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. As a result of her leadership, Cambridge College had the honor of being selected by the U.S. Department of State to serve as a host institution for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Business and Entrepreneurship Institute, a flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Catherine holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology, an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MA in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a BSc in Biology from the University of British Columbia.

Khurram Masood

Head of College, Mauritius

As ALU’s Founding Chief Operating Officer, Khurram is also Head of College for the Mauritius campus. Alongside being a former Associate Partner at McKinsey, he also holds a degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University in the United States.

Veda Sunassee

Head of College, Rwanda

Originally from Mauritius, Veda’s journey with ALU started as Director of Student Life for the Mauritius campus. He also headed recruiting efforts at the African Leadership Academy as their Leadership and Entrepreneurship faculty member. Veda holds a Political Science degree from Princeton University in the United States.

Seth Trudeau

Director of Learning

Seth leads a team that designs learning ecosystems and experiences for developing ethical, impactful leaders. 

He began his career teaching history in the US before founding an NGO in South Sudan working with orphans and vulnerable children. With a Masters degree from Stanford University in Learning, Design, and Technology and a Bachelors from the University of Denver in International Relations, he has also worked with Dr. Candace Thille on the Open Learning Initiative and designed programs for training surgeons in the developing world using the Open edX platform.

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Kwasi Adi-Dako

Leadership Core Team Lead

As an inaugural faculty member with ALU in Johannesburg back in 2014, Kwasi’s passions straddled professional development, mentoring and coaching, and engagement with African cultural and social development. as a curriculum designer and facilitator.

Before joining the team, Kwasi worked as an analyst with Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo, as well as teaching debate, public speaking and mathematics as part of Youth For Debate, a 501-3c organization focused on building speaking skills in middle and high schools all over New York. He is originally from Ghana and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in Psychology and Business Management.

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Yusuf Ahmad

Director of Degree Programmes

Leading learning experience design, learning model innovation, and academic operations across ALU’s Degree Programmes, Yusuf joined ALU after a fellowship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Prior to Carnegie, he worked for the President of the American University in Cairo (AUC) in the years following the Egyptian revolution. During his time at AUC, he authored the university’s enrollment strategy, redesigned admissions, and co-developed a $450,000 project to enhance civic engagement in universities across the Middle East and North Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies from Columbia University in New York, United States.

Laurel Staab

Director of Faculty, Rwanda

Laurel first joined ALU as the Faculty Development Lead on the Mauritius campus, where she helped fast track faculty skill development, and designed and implemented a full 10-week English immersion curriculum.

Prior to ALU, she studied at Stanford University in the United States, where her research focused on distribution of school resources and academic achievement across socioeconomic status in Cuba and the Dominican Republic. She’s also taught history in the Rio Grande Valley through Teach for America. Her undergraduate research at Vassar College focused on the role of women’s social movements during and after the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.

Faculty

Akomeno (Keno) Omu

Nigeria

An Engineering doctoral from the University of Cambridge, Akomeno (Keno) teaches Electrical Power Systems Engineering at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Carmen Attikossie

Togo

An International Relations graduate from Catherine’s University in the United States, Carmen teaches Entrepreneurial Leadership as part of the Leadership Core at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Cassandra Ndahiro

Rwanda/Finland

A Communication and Global Studies graduate from Nebraska Wesleyan in the United States, Cassandra teaches Communication for Impact as part of the Leadership Core at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Demilade Oluwasina

Nigeria

A graduate in Animal Science from Obafemi Awolowo in Nigeria, Demilade teaches Entrepreneurial Leadership as part of the Leadership Core at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Edward Opoku

Ghana

A graduate of Ashesi University, Edward teaches Data and Decisions as part of the Leadership Core at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor

Ghana

A Political Science, Photojournalism, and Leadership graduate, Emmanuel teaches Entrepreneurial Leadership as part of the Leadership Core on ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Gaidi Faraj

United States

An African Diaspora Studies doctoral from the University of California, Berkeley, Gaidi teaches International Economic Issues and Challenges, International Business Strategy, and Research Methods at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Janice Ndegwa

Kenya

A Global Health and Development graduate from University College London, UK, Janice is Social Sciences faculty member at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Jess Auerbach

South Africa

An Anthropology doctoral from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Forced Migration from Oxford University, Jess teaches Sociology, African Studies, and leads the Decoloniality Reading Group at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Julia Paolillo

United States

An African Studies, Political Science, and Arabic graduate from Middlebury College in the United States, Julia teaches Entrepreneural Leadership at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Kevin Rugamba

Uganda

An International Relations graduate from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States, Kevin is the Language Support Programme Coordinator and its Lead Faculty at ALU’s Rwanda campus.

Marta F. Patallo

Argentina

An Anthropology doctoral from the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Marta teaches Crime and Society as part of the Social Sciences degree programme at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Mehdi Oulmakki

Morocco

A Computer Science graduate from Dartmouth College in the United States, Mehdi teaches Programming, Web Development, and Fundamentals of Software Engineering at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Michael Gebre Yntiso

Ethiopia

A graduate of ALU’s inaugural Fellow Programme, Michael teaches Data and Decisions as part of the Leadership Core at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Michael Okang

Ghana

An Advanced Management graduate from the Yale School of Management, Michael teaches Essentials of Managing Human Resource, Financial Management for Decision Makers, and Managing People and Diversity at Work at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Nachula Wilson

Zambia

An MBA graduate from IESE Business School, Spain, Nachula teaches Management Issues and Concepts, Contemporary Cultural Challenges in International Business, and International Business Strategy at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Persis Merab Ashers

Kenya

An International Relations graduate from the US International University in Kenya, Persis teaches the Projects course as part of the Leadership Core on ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Rushika Jayprakash Pattni

Tanzania

An Economics and History of Science graduate from Yale University in the United States, Rushika teaches Projects as part of the Leadership Core at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Shana-Michelle Rabonda

South Africa

A Computer Science graduate from Rhodes University in South Africa, Shana teaches the Projects segment of the Leadership Core at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Sila Ogidi

Nigeria/Turkey

An English Language and Literature graduate from Bryn Mawr College in the United States, Sila is a Communication for Impact faculty member at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Stephen Naicken

Mauritius/UK

A PhD, MRes, and BSc graduate of the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, Stephen teaches Computing at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Tofik Saad

United Kingdom

Tolu Agunbiade

Nigeria

An Accounting graduate from the University of Abuja, Tolu teaches Entrepreneurial Leadership at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Wilhelmina Efua Zwennes

Ghana

A graduate in Physics of Clark University in the United States, Wilhelmina is a Data and Decisions faculty member at ALU’s campus in Rwanda.

Zeno Gaburro

Italy

An Electrical Engineering graduate of the University of Illinois, Chicago, and with a MA from Polictecnico dei Milano, Zeno teaches Electrical Power Systems Engineering at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.

Zinhle Mkhabela

South Africa

A Law and International Relations graduate of Wits University, South Africa, Zinhle teaches Communication for Impact at ALU’s campus in Mauritius.