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Management Team

Student Energy’s staff are based in Canada, and work to deliver our core programs: coordinating our global Chapters network, leading the Leaders Fellowship and Greenpreneurs cohorts, building our Energy System Map, and building partnerships across organizations.

Management Team

Meredith Adler

Executive Director

Meredith Adler is Student Energy’s Executive Director. She oversees the strategy and operations of the organization as it continues to build a movement of students across the world committed to a sustainable energy future. Prior to taking over this role in 2015, Meredith acted as the Global Community Manager for Student Energy, where she developed the chapters model and managed online content and communities.

Meredith is passionate about community, energy, and strategy. She thrives in dynamic environments and loves to build bridges between solutions and people.

Prior to joining Student Energy, Meredith was Communications Coordinator for Clean Energy Canada where she project-managed the Tracking the Energy Revolution report series and kept all communications trains running on time. Before that, she could be found doing anything from running a youth trail construction crew in the Cascades, to coaching a campus tours team, to working on youth leadership programming in Latin America. A degree in Geography from The University of British Columbia kickstarted Meredith’s obsession with energy and environmental policy.

If you can’t find Meredith in the office, she’s probably off on a mountaintop or hanging off the edge of a rock face somewhere – with her trusty dog Yoshi in tow.

Sean Collins

Director of Applied Learning

Sean Collins is Student Energy’s Director of Applied Learning and one of the organization’s Co-Founders. He is leading the development and fundraising for Student Energy Ventures to empower youth entrepreneurs across the globe.

Sean has contributed to all major program areas within Student Energy, including helping to fund and launch the inaugural International Student Energy Summit, Energy Literacy platform, Global Chapters program, and more.
Sean is deeply passionate about entrepreneurship and has spent his entire career in new venture creation, raising over $45 million for various projects to date. In 2016, he founded Terrapin Geothermics, leading the organization through the development of Alberta’s first conventional geothermal power project.
Sean lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his family including partner Renee and two young aspiring change agents, Bo and Haddie.

Helen Watts

Senior Director of Global Partnerships

Helen Watts is Student Energy’s Senior Director of Global Partnerships, leading collaborations with public, private, and civil society organizations and advocating for meaningful youth inclusion in decision-making.

Helen was a lead designer and implementer of Greenpreneurs, an entrepreneurship accelerator program for youth in the Global South co-led by Student Energy, Youth Climate Lab, and the Global Green Growth Institute. She continues to oversee and advise on the program as it enters its third year, to ensure the program continues to deliver on barriers youth face to entrepreneurship —including accessible education, local and global mentorship, and access to capital.

Helen has spoken at forums around the world to advocate for the value of youth and to raise global ambition on climate and energy action. Helen published works for the 2016 World Social Forum and is one of Canada’s 2018 Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25.

Before Student Energy, she was at the global youth leadership organization AIESEC, and with the International Organization for Migration at the United Nations reporting on migration policy.

Angela Paley

Director of Impact and Operations

Angela is Data & Operations Manager at Student Energy, where she leads on project management, data management, and operations.

Angela has years of experience in the environmental non-profit sector, working across communications, engagement, and policy. Before joining Student Energy, she was the Program Coordinator and Communications Specialist for Renewable Cities, an international program that supports cities through the transition to 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency. Based out of Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, she was responsible for organizing public events, stakeholder dialogues, regular communications and student engagement. Other previous stops include SFU Public Square’s Re-Imagine Downtown Vancouver and the Recycling Council of British Columbia. She is also the co-director of Repair Matters, where she organizes regular repair cafes in the Vancouver area. Angela holds a BA in International Relations from UBC.

She can usually be found on the local trails, making a mess in the kitchen, or dabbling in a variety of outdoor activities.

Olivia Reshetylo

Director of Global Youth Engagement

Olivia is responsible for the development and expansion of the organization’s student-led chapters around the world, empowering students to impact their communities, collaborate with the energy sector, and accelerate our sustainable energy transition.

Olivia has a passion for leadership development and creating opportunities for youth to shape their own energy futures. Olivia holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Mount Royal University.

When she’s not working, Olivia is happiest with her ​hands in the dirt gardening. She’s always keen for good conversation about sustainability and urban planning over some delicious local food.

Shakti Ramkumar

Director of Communications & Policy

Shakti is responsible for leading Student Energy’s communications strategy and the 2020 update of Student Energy’s web platform and Energy System Map.

As an alumna of the Students on Ice Antarctic Expedition, Shakti is also part of the inaugural Climate Action Cohort, a two year program connecting local climate action to international climate policy. With the Cohort, she attended COP 25 in Madrid, with a focus on food systems and land use in relation to climate change. Shakti also served as the Director of Common Energy UBC, one of the university’s largest student sustainability organizations, where she worked with other student groups to successfully advocate for the university to include climate action and climate justice in its long-term strategic plan. Shakti holds a degree from the University of British Columbia, in Geography with an Environment & Sustainability concentration.

Timothy Hensman

Director of Finance

Timothy Hensman is a chartered professional accountant who has worked with not-for-profits and charities for more than ten years. His background is primarily in not-for-profit financial reporting and audit. He has also worked alongside hundreds of public practice accounting firms across Canada in producing reliable financial reporting. As a supporter of Student Energy since 2013, he is proud to be a part of the organization’s journey.

Kabir Nadkarni

Student Energy Ventures Research Coordinator

Kabir Nadkarni (he/him/his) is a Research Coordinator for the new Student Energy Ventures program. Here, Kabir is helping design a direct-to-youth funding model to empower youth-led clean energy innovation globally.

His prior experiences have granted him expertise in energy innovation, decarbonization technology and policy, and community-industry relations. In the past, Kabir has worked as a Energy Policy Analyst Intern with the Pembina Institute, and a Consultant with Guidehouse Inc. Kabir’s research with the University of Alberta’s Future Energy Systems has led to publications in the Journal of Renewable Energy.

Currently on an academic gap year due to COVID-19, Kabir will commence his Master of Public Administration in Energy & Environment at Columbia University in September 2021. Previously, he graduated with a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics (Co-op) Honours, with dual certificates in Sustainability and Leadership at the University of Alberta.

Claris Canta

Internal Systems Coordinator

Claris is Student Energy’s Internal Systems Coordinator supporting optimization of team and project processes, and assisting in monthly finance and operations tasks.
Prior to joining SE, Claris worked as a project coordinator for a renewable energy firm in the Philippines. She has experience working on solar, wind, and geothermal power projects in varying stages of development. Claris holds a Masters degree in Energy Systems from the University of Melbourne. Her passion for clean energy and climate justice started when she participated on a calamity assessment fieldwork in southern Philippines, and saw first-hand the devastation caused by more frequent and more intense typhoons and their associated flooding.
When not working, she is most likely watching a comedy series, or going for a walk just to bump into someone else’s puppy.

Elijah Dietrich

Ventures Assistant

Elijah is Student Energy’s Ventures Assistant. He is currently pursuing dual degrees in Integrated Engineering and Honours Business Administration at Western University and the Ivey Business School. Elijah’s experience outside of the classroom spans from social finance to international climate policy and he is looking forward to applying his learnings from these spaces to support the Ventures program.

Elijah provided advice to Cabinet members while serving on the Prime Minister’s Youth Council from 2018 through 2020, and joined the Canadian delegation to COP24 in this capacity. He subsequently helped establish the Student Energy chapter at Western University and recently served as its President. Elijah has worked on ESG product strategy for TD Asset Management, designed an impact measurement system for VERGE Capital, has advised social enterprises at Impact Consulting, and is a ‘20 Cansbridge Fellow.

Elijah is passionate about finding, supporting and testing new, more sustainable ways of working, living and powering the world. He’s excited to work with Student Energy’s Ventures program to achieve this goal. Outside of work, you’ll find Elijah on road trips with friends, cycling, or at the nearest coffee shop.

Olubunmi Olajide

Energy Education Coordinator

Olu Olajide is the Project Coordinator for Student Energy’s ETCT (Energy Transition Career Training) program, which aims to close the skills gap and create pathways for young people into the energy sector.

Olu has a passion for communicating ideas and building projects that tackle the energy transition, with a focus on developing just transition pathways for Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to joining Student Energy, Olu worked as a business development engineer at an oil & gas service firm in Nigeria. Then working as an independent consultant interviewing energy experts for ADIPEC Energy Dialogues and the Titans of Nuclear podcast.

Outside of work, Olu loves learning about investing, listening to audiobooks, and hosts The Energy Talk – a weekly podcast that explains complex energy topics through storytelling.

Jordyn Burnouf

SevenGen Co-Chair

Jordyn Burnouf is a member of Black Lake First Nation and grew up in Île-à-la-Crosse, SK. Jordyn is Co-Chair of the SevenGen Youth Council, member of Indigenous Clean Energy’s Advisory Council and Sr. Associate with Medicine Rope Strategies. Jordyn has a passion for people, the environment, and finding innovative solutions to support communities. Her experience working with Indigenous communities and youth on wellness, environmental, and business initiatives extends through to public speaking and public relations, strategic planning and project development.

Her work currently includes the Indigenous Youth Energy Summit and the ImaGeNation Indigenous Youth Mentorship Program through SevenGen, as well as a national energy efficiency initiative called Bringing it Home through Indigenous Clean Energy. Jordyn is a proud and driven proactivist in the inclusion of Indigenous women and youth in the energy, industry, and business sector.

Nathan Kaye

SevenGen Co-Chair

Nathan is from Zagime Anishnabek nation in Treaty 4 territory, currently residing in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) of Treaty 7 territory. Helped organize the first ever Indigenous youth energy summit that brought over 200 Indigenous youth from every province and territory in Canada in 2019 to learn and discuss clean energy and environmental initiatives youth can explore. In recent years, Nathan has been actively reconnecting with traditional Indigenous ideologies of land based teachings along with his family and nation’s history to advocate for the importance of this knowledge. Currently finishing up a BBA for Finance, Nathan would like to pursue a career in project finance for environmental initiatives.

Covid-19 brought the opportunity to work on a food security project with Tsuut’ina Nation that consists of the community garden and the development of a geothermal greenhouse for year-round food production near their newly built highschool. Nathan has aspirations to work with Indigenous communities bringing green initiatives and projects to those communities while inspiring Indigenous youth to play a role in being stewards of the land.

Megan Tran

Space for Youth Coordinator

Megan is Student Energy’s Space for Youth Coordinator where she supports meaningful youth engagement within organizations to facilitate equitable dialogue and collaboration between young people and decision-makers.

Megan has a variety of non-profit experience in stakeholder engagement and communications. Prior to Student Energy, she has worked with various organizations that align with her passions for sustainability, social justice, and youth empowerment. Her experience includes supporting regional businesses in adopting more sustainable practices, and exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Canadian youth living in urban centres.

Currently, Megan sits on the Board of Directors of Ally Squared, a youth-led non-profit that challenges performative allyship, and is also a part of the Toronto Asia Pacific Youth Council with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. She holds an iBA in International Studies from Glendon, York University.

Oluwadabira

Ventures & Capital Campaign Associate

Oluwadabira is Student Energy’s Ventures and Capital Campaign Associate designing the Ventures entrepreneurship program and working with our capital campaign team fundraising to support youth-led projects globally.

Before Student Energy, Oluwadabira was a part of the operations team at one of West Africa’s largest indigenous biofuel companies where she worked to support women and youth in Sub Saharan Africa start and scale businesses in clean energy.

Oluwadabira has represented her country at United Nations Environment Programs TUNZA where she joined other young people from across the world in high-level dialogues that shape the local environment and climate policies today. In 2020, she became an ambassador of UNESCO’s August Project in Nigeria.

Outside work, Oluwadabira loves to organize special projects for youth in her community, spend time with family and listen to great gospel music.

Ailette Cordova

Design & Media Associate

Ailette Cordova is Student Energy’s Design & Media Associate supporting the communications team. Her profession has developed in public institutions and private companies, growing her experience and knowledge in editorial and brand design and data visualizations, web design, photography, illustration and multimedia design, and UX / UI.

She graduated as a graphic designer, and recently she finished a master’s degree in Communication Design. She has collaborated with Climathon CDMX since 2017 till this day.

Lexi Kinman

Partnerships & Resourcing Coordinator

Lexi is the Partnerships & Resourcing Coordinator at Student Energy, where she works at the intersection of fundraising and partner stewardship. Lexi is also a UN SDSN Youth, Local Pathways Fellow, where she promotes sustainable urban development in Montréal, QC. Lexi has a B.A. in political science and urban studies and previously worked on public space and transportation studies for UBC Civil Engineering and the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning.

When she is not working, you can find her zooming with her friends, skiing, cycling or knitting.

Adriana Sgabellone

Organizational Growth Coordinator

Adriana is the Organizational Growth Coordinator at Student Energy, where she is responsible for assisting with strategic and operational growth.
After graduating from the University of Ottawa, Adriana worked in event planning and marketing roles. While working at Natural Resources Canada on the tenth CleanEnergy Ministerial and fourth Mission Innovation, she discovered Student Energy and her passion for their Theory of Change.
When she isn’t working, Adriana is happiest when she is meditating, walking her dog Bailey, or experimenting with new recipes.

Vaughn-Xavier Jameer

Community Associate

Vaughn is Student Energy’s Chapters Associate. Vaughn leads the coaching and mentoring of our Global Chapter community, resource development for participants and coordinates growth strategies for the program. He became part of the movement in 2017 at the International Student Energy Summit in Mérida, Mexico. Inspired by the event, Vaughn established his own Chapter at the University of the West Indies, and has remained deeply involved in the Student Energy community since.

Tarras Zellerbach-Adams

Internal Communications Manager

Tarras was raised on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

These days, Tarras is an appreciator of trees, comic-drawer, and enthusiastic dismantler of normative constructs. As the Internal Communications Manager at Student Energy, Tarras’ days are spent curating a system of resources and pathways to expand young people’s knowledge of climate justice and the energy system.

Rodala Aranya

Virtual Partnerships Assistant

Rodala is a settler from Treaty 6 territory which is the traditional lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota, and Métis nations – (Saskatoon) and currently resides on un-ceded Algonquin Anishinabe territory (Ottawa).

Rodala works as the Virtual Partnerships Assistant at Student Energy, where she provides additional support to the Partnerships portfolio. Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Carleton University in Global and International Studies, Rodala is specializing in Global Development with a minor in Economics.

Rodala’s passion for climate advocacy and environmental justice began in 2018 when she was awarded a Leacross Foundation scholarship to embark on Student On Ice Foundation’s Arctic expedition. Following her trip, she has worked with Youth Climate Lab, a youth-led global NGO accelerating climate solutions, on their communications portfolio. In university, Rodala has served as Vice President of Communications and Media for her Student’s Society.

In addition, Rodala has gotten heavily involved with her university’s chapter of Engineers without Borders Canada, an international development nonprofit that seeks to address the crucial causes of poverty and inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa. She recently finished a presidential term for the 2020 – 2021 year. This summer, Rodala co-founded Kids4Climate, an inquiry-based virtual summer camp for kids in Ottawa hoping to equip future climate leaders with the basic skills and resources they need to create an equitable, sustainable, and resilient future.

In her free time, you can find Rodala repotting her plants, going on hour-long walks everyday or picking up a new book!

Cherise Gilfix

Systems Assistant

Cherise is the Systems Assistant at Student Energy, where she provides critical support in the areas of administration and HR, keeping the organizational systems up-to-date and running smoothly. She is passionate about the development of sustainable energy systems and is currently working towards a Bachelors of Commerce at the University of Manitoba, where she majors in accounting. After graduation, she is planning to pursue her CPA designation.

Outside of work, Cherise loves to relax with a cup of tea, a lengthy book, and her dogs by her side. She is particularly fond of all things science fiction and outer space.

Lorena Cordero

Leaders Fellowship Coordinator

Lorena is Student Energy’s Leaders Fellowship Coordinator.

Lorena studied Law and holds a master in Energy, Technology and Climate Policy at University College London. She holds over six years of experience in environment and energy policies across the government, private sector and NGO in Peru, UK as well as in international organisations. Co-founder of the Peru Young Energy Professionals youth network to boost youth empowerment in the sector and part of the Global Support Team of the SDG7 Youth Constituency of the Major Group for Children and Youth.

She is fascinated by gardening and in her free time she loves to visit museums with pre-colonial pieces and art galleries.

Almustaqim Balogun

Communications Associate

Almustaqim Balogun is a development journalist from Nigeria, with over 3 years of experience promoting Sustainable Development Goals. He strongly advocates for quality education and climate change. He also uses media to bridge the communication gap between science, policy and society. Balogun aims to influence climate and environmental action.

Almustaqim is an Earth Charter young leader and possesses cross-sectoral insights into global development. Prior to joining Student Energy, He interned at Paris-based The Energy Action Project, a non-profit that investigates and reports on global energy issues. He also had engagements with The CARROT Co., World Literacy Foundation among others. He is the founder of The Lens for Social Change, an initiative that uses storytelling to inspire positive behavioural and community actions.

Almustaqim is interested in building the skills and capacity needed to effectively communicate climate and environmental issues. He is passionate about the energy transition, biodiversity and ecosystem restoration and environmental justice.

In his free time, Almustaqim loves watching global news, reading articles on international development, volunteering in community projects. He also loves football and is a huge fan of Chelsea Football Club.

Marcus Bockhold

Global Community Manager

Marcus is Student Energy’s Global Community Manager. He coordinates and helps provide support to a global cohort of youth as they progress through the Leaders Fellowship, a 10-month, energy education and skill building program, combining online module based learning with team practicum projects.

Prior to joining Student Energy, Marcus completed his Bachelors of International Economics from the University of British Columbia, where he completed his undergraduate research on the impact of entertainment media, specifically of Brazilian soap operas, on gender equality in Brazil. Marcus has a passion for travelling the world and trying new foods. When he isn’t working, he spends his time reading, and cooking for family and friends.

Abdullah Khair

Strategic & Global Partnerships Manager

Abdullah is the Strategic & Global Partnerships Manager at Student Energy.

Abdullah is passionate about sustainable development, climate action plans in cities, the energy transition, circular economies, low-carbon fuels, community-led action, and intercultural affairs. With a background in Chemical Engineering, Abdullah is also passionate about collaborative models which aim to bridge technical concepts to social needs.

Grace Young

Global Community Coordinator

Grace Young is a young settler-Canadian woman from the Mi’kmaq’s traditional unceded territory, in Mi’kma’ki (what is currently called Halifax, Nova Scotia.) She is Student Energy’s Global Community Coordinator, supporting our youth network and developing the programs ecosystem’s new projects. Grace is completing her MA in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Western University and sits on the Youth Advisory Board for REES Community, a digital, anonymous self-reporting platform for survivors of sexual violence across Canadian university campuses.
Inspired by the women and land-defenders leading the climate and energy justice movement, Grace recognized her passions lie at the intersection of feminism, youth activism, and climate action. Student Energy’s focus on energy justice and interdisciplinary, youth-led energy solutions empowered Grace to apply her work experience to her graduate research. Her work aims to identify unique challenges facing young women entering Canadian renewable energy space and the youth climate movement more broadly. Grace is passionate about accelerating opportunities for youth to mobilize towards a sustainable energy future through peer education, coalition building, and knowledge sharing.
Grace spends most of her free time cooking, swimming, doing yoga, taking photos and hiking. When she isn’t at work or school, you can probably find her grocery shopping at the local market – her favourite place aside from the coast (obviously).

Camilo Romero

Leaders Fellowship Coordinator

Camilo is Student Energy’s Leaders Fellowship Coordinator. He coordinates and helps provide support to a global cohort of youth as they progress through the Leaders Fellowship, a 10-month, virtual program combining online learning, professional skills development, opportunities to connect with top energy leaders, and mentorship. As well as an opportunity to make an impact through launching a community project.

Before joining Student Energy, Camilo completed his Bachelors of Geology at Quest University Canada. His research focused on Volcanology and his thesis was a series of experiments that tested the transmission of construction noise (through the rock substrate) at a proposed liquified natural gas facility and its impact on marine life. In his free time, Camilo enjoys cooking complicated meals, consuming world politics, sipping nice wine, cycling until sore, and walking his big dog, Tuna!

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