Sarina is the co-founder, COO of Stallion Empowerment Initiative, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the socio-economic condition of communities in West Africa. Sarina has always shown a keen interest in social disparities and human rights in developing countries. Having lived in Nigeria and seeing the struggles of poverty has driven her interest in international development and social work. Sarina’s academic background is in social sciences in the UK. She studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, BA Development & History in Africa and South Asia. Then later pursued her studies at London School of Economics & Political Science in MSc Social Policy & Development (NGOs). This solidified her theoretical knowledge to critically engage with different public and private actors in the field of development to achieve long term progress in West Africa.
Sarina has previously based her work experience in the public sector, through foreign relations, diplomacy and non-governmental organizations in Singapore and India. She later pursued her interest in the private sector and agro-commodities whilst training at Archer Daniels Midland in New York. This experience was an opportunity to understand the supply/demand of agro-commodities and the future of food security in West Africa.
After co-founding Stallion Empowerment Initiative, Sarina believes this foundation will continue to empower individuals and bring communities closer together. She is very passionate to push the agenda of women empowerment, education and food security across West Africa. She also shares a strong drive towards the future of social entrepreneurship and impact investing in developing countries.