Nketti Johnston-Taylor

Director, Education

Growing up in Sierra Leone sparked a passion for poverty reduction, good governance and equitable access to good quality education. This passion has guided Nketti’s career and philanthropic endeavours. Nketti is a development (international and community) and political economist with advanced academic training (PHD and MSc) and over 6 years’ professional experience in Government, the Private Sector, Non-Profit and in Academia in Sierra Leone (West Africa), England and in Canada.

Her international experience in the UK and in Sierra Leone include financial empowerment for women, youth empowerment and socio-economic development for mining communities with a focus on corporate social responsibility. In Calgary she has taken senior and executive roles at The United Way and the Coalition for Equal Access to Education. She currently lectures at the University of Calgary, within the faculty of Social Work and the department of Political Science.

This breadth of experience afforded her the opportunity to collaborate and develop leadership and technical proficiencies in research, project management, business development, strategic planning and organizational management. Her areas of competence include extractive resource governance, environmental governance, land use policy, social entrepreneurship and immigrant children and youth. Her academic experience in preparing and delivering lectures and conference papers provided a deeper understanding of the global and local development challenges, and the interaction of changing theories with practice and policy.

Nketti is also a philanthropist. She mentors a number of young people and has worked on a number of projects that aim to reduce poverty and enhance access to education and education resources in Sierra Leone.

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