Sarina has always shown a keen interest in social disparities and human rights. Living in Nigeria and being exposed to extreme poverty has driven her interest in development and social work. After completing two degrees in social sciences from School of Oriental and African Studies in London, BA Development & History. To then pursuing 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, private actors in the field of development particularly in West Africa.
Sarina has previously based her work experience in the public sector, through foreign relations, diplomacy and non-governmental organisations in Singapore & India. She later decided to pursue her interest in the private sector and agro-commodities whilst training at Archer Daniels Midland in New York.
After co-founding SEI, Sarina believes this initiative will continue to empower individuals and bring communities closer together. She is very passionate to push the agenda of girl’s education and food security across West Africa. She also shares a strong drive towards the future of social entrepreneurship and impact investing.
Sahil is the co-founder, CEO of Stallion Empowerment Initiative, a charitable organization dedicated to improving the socio-economic conditions of the communities in West Africa. The foundation is based on the ethos that empowering people by giving them a good education and enabling them with skills that are crucial for employability are better means to reach out to underprivileged communities as it encourages them to strive for a good living and help their families to live a better life.
Partly raised in Nigeria, Sahil came up-close with communities around the business units of Stallion Group in West Africa and saw the socio economic disparity in the region, youth incarcerated or victims of the region’s senseless violence. With his own experiences he realized the importance of education and that stemmed his desire to take part and strive for a change.
Sahil was brought up in a household where education was very important and taught to be powerful; after graduating from high school, Sahil obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Science Politics & Economics from the School of Orinental and African Stuide from the UK. After his studies he came back to Nigeria and started an FMCG company called Vascorp that focusses on agric based business encouraging domestic produce and consumption. He also serves as a Group Executive Director for the family run business of Stallion conglomerate.
During his initial career he accessed invaluable experiences and knowledge that steered him to see more of West African youth exposed to better opportunities. He strongly believes that rather than directly supporting affected people monetarily one should invest in education and teaching people the right skills to empower them to help themselves. Stallion Empowerment Initiative is therefore focussed on creating sustainable solutions for communities that helps rural development and nation building.
In September of 2019, the organization became a fully formed NGO with great invaluable support from his business community, family and friends.