THE TEAM

Oriane Kacoutie
President

Hey! My name is Oriane Kacoutié and I will be your President for this year. I am currently in my fifth year of study with a combined degree in Economics and International Relations. I am from a beautiful country called Côte D’Ivoire and can be hyper sometimes! I am mostly interested in development in the Global South parts of the world as well as data science. I work with the SU as a Program and Events Assistant. My hope this year as your president  is to create a strong sense of community and give the knowledge needed to our members to succeed in their studies and future career goals. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns at oriane.kacoutie@ucalgary.ca

Leianne Marie Acilo Gingco
VP Academic

Hi! I’m Leianne (lay-ann) and I’m super excited to be the VP Academic of SUE this year. I’m going into my third year in the Economics Honours program with a goal of eventually becoming a professor in the future. I hope to be more involved in the academic and professional development of our members not only through the Econ 201 or 203 reviews, but also through seminars I hope to host throughout the year to help students develop their soft skills. I also love to meet and connect with people so always feel free to either ask to meet or to connect on LinkedIn. Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Email: leianne.gingco@ucalgary.ca

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leianne-marie-acilo-gingco

Nicole Tagg
VP External

Hey! My name is Nicole Tagg. I am a 5th-year economics student set to graduate this year. I hope to attend graduate school for a Master's degree, and then we will see what happens. Even though I am older than the average student, I am still trying to decide what I want to be when I grow up.

I am very interested in Behavioural Economics and data analysis. I also have a soft spot in my heart for the performing arts, especially musicals. I am so excited to be apart of SUE for this unique year and look forward to making it the best one possible. Dont hesitate to email me: nicole.tagg@ucalgary.ca

Dami Fashola
VP Communications

Hey! I’m Dami Fashola. I am going into the third year of my economics degree and am looking forward to serving you guys in the future! I am extremely interested in Finanical and Developmental Economics and wish to pursue an MBA and one day work as a Financial Economist as well as develop economic models for my home country. I am an avid cook, athlete, ,coach, comedian and love to learn something new and help others. I'm always open for a conversation. If you ever have any questions or concerns, feel free to email to me at oluwadamilare.fashol@ucalgary.ca

Chiamaka Ubakwelu
Executive Vice President

Hello! My name is Chiamaka Ubakwelu and I’m in my final year of Economics and Political Science. I was born and raised in Lagos Nigeria. I came to the University of Calgary as an International Student to pursue my undergraduate degree and hopefully advance onto a graduate program after my undergrad at U of C. Concerning economics, my interest in economics lies within the area of macroeconomics and monetary theory. My love for economics began right from high school, because I started taking economics classes from grade 10 back in my country. This will be my second year on the SUE team, and I will be your Executive Vice-President. I am thrilled to work with the team to continue to generate opportunities for new and returning members of SUE. During my free time I love playing drums and reading journal articles on developing nations. I see myself having a career with the United Nations in the future, because the UN maintains international peace and security, delivers humanitarian aid, promotes sustainable development goals (SDGs), protects human rights and uphold international law. I volunteer as a peer helper at the University of Calgary Office of Sustainability so feel free to walk in anytime and say hello! I can also be reached by e-mail (chiamaka.ubakwelu@ucalgary.ca) if you have any concerns or questions about SUE.

 Feyre Gezahegn
VP Events

Hey everyone! My name is Feyre Gezahegn and I’m your current VP-Events for SUE! I’m currently completing my 5th year combined degree in BA: 

  • Law and Society with Management Society Minor; and

  • Economics with Applied Energy Concentration, Sustainability Certificate, and Global Development Studies Minor  

 

My future goal is to study in the IELP. As a future Lawyer, I plan to provide pro-bono service for those that cannot afford an attorney and be the voice for those that are unable to speak for themselves, including animals and environments.

 

A Few interesting facts about me are: I am an Organic-based Vegan and Naturalist who advocates for minority rights – Black/Indigenous, LGBTQA+, animals, and environment – serious things aside, I love Martial Arts and various outdoor activities – hiking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, e.t.c.

 

I know this year is different for many people but I plan to execute events that will develop students' understanding of their Economic degree and build their soft and hard skills through network and career development workshops. If you have any questions, suggestions about events, or even just want to chat feel free to email me at Feyre.gezahegn1@ucalgary.ca.

 Sonja Mellema
VP Finance

“Hi, My name is Sonja Mellema and I am in my 3rd year of university. I am enrolled in a dual major of Commerce and Economics with a concentration in Finance and Economic Honours. At this time, my career aspirations include going to graduate school for Economics, but also work in the financial market. Hopefully one day I can take my passion of Economics to the classroom and teach!

 

I am a first generation Canadian and I love the mountains, the sun and my dog, Daisy. I am super excited to be a part of the executive team. This year will be a little different, but I have no doubt that together we will be able to make it great.

 

Should you ever need to get a hold of me, do not hesitate to email Sonja.mellema@ucalgary.ca

Le Khanh Linh Phan
Director of Academics

 I am Le Khanh Linh Phan or Linh for short (Many Vietnamese names rearrange well into the English format, mine, unfortunately, does not). I am a 4th-year Economics major with a minor in Data Science. My long-term goal is to have a career in making and/or analyzing policies. My near-term one is to figure out how to actually get there, starting with finding my preferred specialization within the field. However, I know enough about the Economics degree at the University of Calgary to hopefully be of guidance to some of you. Outside school, I draw, read, listen to podcasts, and any music genres from j-pop to rap. I am always open to helping in whatever way I can, learning new things, and acquire new random hobbies so please feel free to reach out to me at lekhanhlinh.phan1@gmail.com anytime.

Louise Gilleard
Director of Communications

Hi, my name is Louise and I’m very pleased to be a part of the SUE’s team as Director of Communications this year. I’m originally from Scotland but Calgary has been my home for many years. I’m currently in my third year of an economics degree with a minor in development studies. I am particularly interested in behavioural and development economics and I hope to continue my studies into grad school. In my spare time I really enjoy hiking, playing/watching soccer or listening to ted talks. Feel free to email me at Louise.gilleard@ucalgary.ca

Aarush Tripathi
Director of Administration

Hello Economic Students! My name is Aarush Tripathi, and I am a 3rd year Economics major and a Statistics minor here at the University of Calgary. I am an international student originally from the states. I came to University of Calgary because of my dual citizenship and wanting to broaden my horizons.  I really enjoy studying both economics and statistics and hope to utilize these in my future job. I really enjoy looking at trends and understanding consumer data so ideally I would like to work as a Data Analyst for a company that is trying to reduce carbon emissions or a company that is working towards bettering the state of the world. I am really excited to be a part of SUE and am looking forward to meeting some of you. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at aarush.tripathi@ucalgary.ca

Jordan Schimke
Director of Corporate Sponsorship

Hello! My name is Jordan Schimke and I am currently in my 3rd year of economics. I am pleased to represent the SUE this year as the Director of Corporate Sponsorship. In addition to my involvement in SUE, I am also a PASS leader for Econ 357. While I grew up in rural Alberta, I have lived in Calgary for the past eight years, and now I consider it home. My long-term goals include pursuing a Masters degree in economics. I enjoy spending time in the mountains either hiking in the summer or snowboarding in the winter. If you would like to connect please feel free to reach out and email me at jordan.schimke@ucalgary.ca.

Jemiloluwa Otebade
Director of Events

Hey Everyone! My name is Jemiloluwa Otegbade and I will be your Director of Events this year. I am going into my 4th year of a Dual Degree in Economics and Mathematics, I hold a profound love for Architecture and my home country, Nigeria. I love the outdoors and especially going on hikes, as well as exploring numerous literatures and places. Feel free to email me at jemiloluwa.otegbade@ucalgary.ca 

Ryan Dang
Director of IT

Howdy! My name is Ryan, I am in my 3rd year pursuing an honours degree of Economics. Born here in Calgary, Alberta I enjoy hockey, snowboarding, basketball, and investing. I am fortunate for the opportunity to represent S.U.E. as Director of IT, and passionate about Communications and Data Analysis. One of my goals is to inform more ECON students about resources within S.U.E. and to stress importance of networking in Economics. Looking forward, I’d like to represent S.U.E. as an organization that creates a strong sense of community and acknowledges student’s interests. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to me at ryan.dang@ucalgary.ca