Raphael Ajima is the Program Administrator for the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) Transitions Project at McGill University, where he caters to the day-to-day administration of the Project. He is a dedicated development specialist, passionate about global alliances in support of youth development and entrepreneurship.
Before joining the team at McGill, Raphael worked in diverse sectors and participated in cross-cutting development initiatives that span Africa, the Americas, and Europe. He recently worked at RBC Bank, and prior to that was a bilingual graduate intern in administration at the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) head office in Montreal. For two years, Raphael served on the MCF Learning Partnership Advisory Group (LPAG), as an Advisor on education, research, and youth employment. In his home country of Nigeria, Raphael interned for Amaecom Global Ltd., an asset financing company based in Abuja, Nigeria. In Ghana, he worked as an Agricultural Management Innovator at ECOM Agroindustrial Ltd. for Sustainable Management Services (SMS) offerings on Climate Change Impact Remodelling, irrigation, tree tenure registration, soil care technologies, and women empowerment. Subsequently, he worked on a contract as Head Program Assistant for SHAD Canada, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and entrepreneurship program for high school students.
Raphael is a McGill University MCF Alum Scholar, having graduated from McGill in 2019 with honours in International Development and Social Entrepreneurship. During his studies, he also spent time at other MCF partner institutions, including a semester on a study exchange at Sciences Po Paris, France, where he completed a bilingual certificate program in “business & économie”. While in France, Raphael volunteered as a facilitator for Burkina-Santé – an NGO that supplies medical equipment and resource to hospitals in Burkina Faso. Raphael works in English, French, and Igbo.