Meet the Seed Interns

2017 Seed Intern Profiles

“I am so grateful and honored to have met all of the fantastic employees and young people at that company…You really do get to make great and long-lasting friendships.”

Abisola Kusimo

MS, Mechanical Engineering, ’17

Company & Location

Tranos Contracting, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Abisola designed and implemented a more structured design process that guarantees speed and quality in manufacturing and engineering solutions.

“[This internship] will prepare me for a career in promoting women’s rights and access to health care and education.”

Áine Tyrrell

PhD, Theatre and Performance Studies, ’20

Company & Location

Nordica Fertility Centre, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Áine applied design thinking to develop a training program for staff and health care professionals on improving the patient experience for women being treated at Nordica.

“Working out of the Seed in West Africa was awesome, and I feel lucky to have been able to be close to the transformation program and get to talk to all of the CEO’s of the current cohort. That was really special and inspiring.”

Audrey Hope Sheils

MA, Public Policy, ’17

Company & Location

Urbanea [CasaReal Group], Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire & Benin

Internship Focus

Hope addressed internet visibility, social and economic housing, and community engagement with the aim of democratizing access to housing with innovative products.

“I believe that protecting human health and the environment from climate change and air pollution must, and can, be solved with renewable energy.”

Brittany Gibbons

MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, ’17

Company & Location

Solar Energy Foundation, Ethiopia

Internship Focus

Brittany developed and chose the appropriate tools to augment team efficiency and capacity, and assisted in the field with solar installations with the hope of expanding the company’s data management infrastructure.

“I believe the Seed internship…provided me with the perspective to think even more critically about the world.”

Cameron Najmabadi

MS, Computational and Mathematical Engineering, ’18

Company & Location

Terragon Holdings, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Cameron worked with Terragon’s mobile billing and payments team to understand the potential benefits of merging the local market knowledge with the technical capability of more advanced markets.

“Given that a lot of the work I hope to do in the future will be in Africa, having a firsthand experience will enable me to think strategically about the problems I want to solve.”

Chielo Mbaezue

BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’19

Company & Location

IT Consortium, Ghana

Internship Focus

Chielo focused on streamlining the process of bringing the company’s solutions to their clients in the financial, educational, and mobile network operator industries.

“This internship will help me learn how to design for affordability, as well as improve my mechanical prototyping skills.”

Eleanor Glockner

BS, Bioengineering, ’19

Company & Location

InnAccel Technologies, India

Internship Focus

Eleanor worked to refine the engineering and bench top testing of Eustaview, a device for Eustachian tube dilation.

“Through the Seed summer internship, I hope to gain more knowledge of business and workflow in West Africa.”

Haley Kong

MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, ’17

Company & Location

Psaltry International Company, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Haley helped to increase the company’s efficiency and to reduce factory waste, as well as explored other options to develop a biogas plant that would use cassava byproducts to generate energy.

“I am excited to work with Seed because I like the program’s approach to promoting growth in developing countries.”

Ivan Lemongo Tchamba

MS, Mechanical Engineering, ’17

Company & Location

Le Fermier Du Denguele, Côte d’Ivoire

Internship Focus

Ivan improved current production of eggs, animal feed, and day-old chicks, as well as tested waste management strategies with the potential for strong growth and job creation in the region.

“The [company leaders] all provided great mentorship and lead by example, but also took the time to make sure that I was enjoying everything Accra had to offer.”

John Kadavy

BS, Management Science and Engineering, ’17

Company & Location

SMSGH/Hubtel, Ghana

Internship Focus

John acted as a product management consultant to help define strategies surrounding the recent bundling of Hubtel’s core products.

“This experience will supply no shortage of perspective, both professional and cultural, which will help me become a more well-rounded engineer and member of society.”

Keith Javier Stober

PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics, ’17

Company & Location

Tranos Contracting, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Javier, in an operations management role, focused on the implementation of the lean manufacturing process applied to electro-mechanical equipment.

“I’m interested in a career that combines my desire to engage in sustainable public service work with my passion for projects that incorporate creative and strategic design.”

Kristin Wilson

PhD, Modern Thought, ’21

Company & Location

Havilah Merchants Nigeria, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Kristin worked with book dealers to design and deploy an e-commerce platform for book sales, with the aim of expanding outside Havilah’s wholesale market domain into retail.

“Having the Seed network will be invaluable to me in really understanding what work opportunities there are in Africa.”

Mackenzie Yaryura

BA, Public Policy, ’17

Company & Location

KAD Manufacturing, Ghana

Internship Focus

Mackenzie designed a marketing strategy as part of business development to increase local and foreign revenue, social media, and online platforms to acquire new clients.

“It was a WONDERFUL experience…”

Marc Negre

MS, Management Science and Engineering, ’18

Company & Location

Le Fermier Du Denguele, Côte d’Ivoire

Internship Focus

Marc enhanced on process optimization and the creation of a 10-year development plan. The goal is to expand the company, so it has greater social impact in other regions of Côte d’Ivoire.

“My time in Ghana was fulfilling and nothing like I ever imagined.”

Markus Koenig

MS, Management, ’17

Company & Location

Accents & Art, Ghana

Internship Focus

Markus managed the company’s growth and expansion strategy, taking into consideration market entry for exports of select décor and art into the Nigeria and U.S. markets.

“The experience convinced me to work in the developing world where I can make a much wider impact.”

Muhammad Mustafa

MS, Management, ’17

Company & Location

Axial Nigeria, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Muhammad guided the company in expanding their impact in Nigeria by establishing a business that develops low-cost housing for poor students in the country.

“Seed provides the perfect opportunity to explore all three of my interests — international relations, economics, and foreign language — in a challenging and innovative environment.”

Sarah Grace Lucas

BA, International Relations and Economics, ’18

Company & Location

QuickCash, Côte d’Ivoire

Internship Focus

Sarah Grace supported with the company’s marketing team to help rebrand their existing products, as well as develop a new product geared towards women and youth.

“I view my internship as a way for me to share my passion for sustainability and engineering with others to hopefully create consciousness about the importance of sustainable development, especially in developing nations.”

Tatiana Freiin von Rheinbaben

MS, Environmental Engineering and Science, ’18

Company & Location

Groupe Ecoles D’Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Internship Focus

Tatiana studied the board’s market, organized extracurricular activities, improved their website, evaluated study abroad opportunities for students, and acted as the intermediary between students and the board to improve the educational system.

“I want to leave a mark on the world by planning, building and improving projects of intricate structures and sustainable designs, as well as develop innovative systems.”

Tawakalitu Sulaiman

MS, Civil Engineering, Sustainable Design, and Construction Management, ’17

Company & Location

Housessories, Nigeria

Internship Focus

Tawa developed a marketing strategy, sales processes, and market positioning on one of the company’s new furniture lines.

“I learned so much from my Seed internship. I’m so thankful for this kind of opportunity, and I will always remember it as my first chance to live abroad and test out working in affordable MedTech.”

Tyler Dougan

BS, Physics, ’18

Company & Location

InnAccel Technologies, India

Internship Focus

Tyler worked the final design and refinement of a device for visualizing and dilating the human ear, and performed needs analysis research and concept generation for new products to be added to InnAccel’s design pipeline.

“Through Seed, I can meet real people and hear about real challenges, and engineer for an audience with whom I can easily establish a connection.”

Ufuoma Ovienmhada

BS, Mechanical Engineering, ’18

Company & Location

Societe Des Materiaux Edjiks (Somated), Côte d’Ivoire

Internship Focus

Ufuoma collaborated with the team to build a solar powered electric bike designed to increase mobility and productivity of folks who work on plantations in Abidjan.