Meet the Team

Melisa Ellis


Melisa Ellis is an engineer, founder, co-author and founder of Nobellum Enterprise. Melisa aims to inspire a new generation of STEM professionals as she leads initiatives that will ignite the start-up of at least 100 Black owned businesses in STEM by 2025...

Melisa is a University of Toronto alumni who went on to pursue Project Management at Humber and later pivoted to Software Engineering when she discovered the world of Information Technology. Over the years Melisa developed a knack for providing proactive and engaged leadership on a diverse range of companies as they transition into the digital space and adapt new innovative technologies. In her most recent project, Melisa led the technical implementation of a multi-million-dollar Robotics Facility that produces Digital billboard signs for Media Resources Inc.

Melisa is a frequent panelist and voice for women entrepreneurs. In addition to being a founder, a serial entrepreneur, a successful businesswoman, Melisa is a proud member of her community.

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Malcolm Wright

Director of Operations

Malcolm Wright is a serial entrepreneur who has graduated from the University of Toronto. His expertise around pedagogy, relationship management and process streamlining has given him the essential skills needed to grow and scale ventures...

As a community leader who prioritizes the development of young professionals, Malcolm is the Director of Operations at Nobellum. Malcolm is responsible for overseeing and delegating tasks to ensure that Nobellum reaches their mandate of supporting 100 Black owned businesses in STEM. From providing innovative ways to overcome challenges, to articulating the vision of Nobellum, Malcolm always puts the community's needs at the forefront of his work.

Malcolm also specializes in project management and coordination with experience on an international level. As an Education Consultant, Malcolm is responsible for overseeing the development of agents from regions such as Turkey, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Brazil and Mexico. His marketing strategies and guidance ensures that his team of professionals have the tools for successful international student recruitment and placement within Canadian institutions.

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Kathryn Lawrence

Brand Director

Kathryn is a believer in the importance of paying it forward. Born & raised in Kingston, Jamaica, her love of the creative arts and desire to create positive social impact led her to seek avenues to use her creativity to promote and support initiatives that help her community...

This inspired her to work with Nobellum Founder, Melisa Ellis, to not only create the framework of Nobellum but also to lead the Creative elements at Nobellum. Starting with the role of Creative Director, her role evolved into being the Brand Director at Nobellum overseeing the brand look, feel and overall aesthetic. As Brand Director, she provides oversight for the Marketing Team and ensures that the Nobellum Brand is properly represented across our social platforms, website and other media.

Outside of her work with Nobellum, Kathryn is also an Interior Designer with Perkins&Will’s Toronto Studio focusing mostly on medium to large scale Corporate, Government and Institutional Design. Furthermore, she is the Founder of the The Ubuntu Creative Arts Project (UCAP), a Jamaican-based initiative that was formed to provide holistic support to emerging creative professionals in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean Diaspora.

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Adnan Feroze

Director of Business Development

Adnan Feroze is the epitome of a business mindset. At a very early age, he realized that he was born to be an entrepreneur. It wasn't long before he started his journey as a businessman and acquired public relations and problem-solving skills in a fast-paced sales environment. ..

It was fate that introduced Adnan to the financial services world where he quickly climbed the ladder to Regional Vice President, leading one of the fastest-growing sales teams in the region. Awarded numerous achievements for excellence in leadership and client care, his passion and self-fulfillment need of helping others inspired him to branch off and establish AF Wealth Creation, a boutique financial firm specializing in wealth creation strategies. For over 20 years Adnan has helped thousands of families realize their financial goals and dreams through his wealth of knowledge and expertise in not just financial but also business and life planning.

It was no wonder when approached by Melisa Ellis, a longtime friend and client about Nobellum, that he instantly believed in the vision and mission of 100 + black-owned businesses by 2025. Growing up in one of the toughest neighbourhoods of Toronto, Adnan has seen his fair share of misplaced privilege and lack of opportunities for the BIPOC community. As the director of Business Development Adnan is extremely excited to be able to transfer his knowledge, expertise, and mentorship to young Black professionals to guide them to become financially proficient and successful in their ventures.

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Nonso Nwawolo

Financial Controller

Nonso Nwawolo is a Certified Financial Management professional in the Banking and Fnance industry. As the Financial Controller at Nobellum, Nonso is responsible for driving the financial planning of Nobellum. Nonso holds a Masters in International Accounting and Finance from the University of Windsor, Ontario Canada and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria.

David Wilson

IT Project Manager

David Wilson is passionate about motivating and coaching young technical minds. He believes early cultivation will create stronger technical leaders for the future. David is the IT Project Manager at Nobellum, charged with managing the development of our Nobel Hub Platform. David holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) from University of Technology (UTech), Canada.

Brian Provo

Indigenous Community Outreach

Brian Provo is a Black and Indigenous law student from Canada's oldest and largest Indigenous Black Community, North Preston, Nova Scotia. Brian leads Nobellum's indigenous community outreach initiative and acts as the primary liaison for the North Preston's Future pilot project. As an active citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario, Brian is committed to the socio-economic development of Black and Indigenous Canadians.

Eghosa Okpoko

Business Relations Manager

Eghosa Okpoko is an experienced Business Strategist and a Financial Analyst. Eghosa aims to partner with Businesses to feature them on the Nobel-Hub app at Nobellum.
Eghosa holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree and Business Entrepreneurship Certification from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Peter Ebuka Agbo

Marketing & Communnity Engagement
Youth Council, Cohort 2021

Gift Raji

Project Coordinator
Youth Council, Cohort 2021

Praise Adesokan

Marketing Coordinator
Youth Council, Cohort 2021

Feyisayo Enuiyin

Innovathon Coordinator
Youth Council, Cohort 2021

Economic Development Program, Advisory Committee

Meet Our Advisors

Georgette Zinaty

Strategic Leadership

Natalie Darling

Community Impact

Steven King


Tanya Dodaro

Growth & Development

Mina Jama

International Relations

Jaysen Francis

Curriculum Development

Renee Excellent

Financial Strategy

Lazburn Gordon

Youth Engagement

Anup Varier


Saidy Maurer

Curriculum Development

Emily Jeffries


Selin Stancati


We are a community of founders and thoughtleaders collaborating to create an ecosystem for future leaders to thrive. Let's connect and innovate, together.

Student & Alumni Committee

At Nobellum, we invite future leaders to have a seat at the table.
Our Student & Alumni committee features future leaders who represent the voice of the youth and every year we welcome a new cohort!

Learn more by visiting our Student & Alumni (SAC) page.