Our Team

We are entirely staffed by a vibrant and dynamic team of volunteers, all committed to promoting the same goal: universal primary education as a means to ending world poverty and to empowering girls.

Our team is made up of volunteers spread throughout Canada and abroad, who work both autonomously and collaboratively with the organization through a virtual workplace model.

Jennifer Chapin
Jennifer ChapinDirector

Jennifer is committed to using her background in policy and strategic planning to achieve girls’ and women’s rights, with a focus on education and in the workplace.

She took over as Director of Nukoko Education in 2013; previous to that she was Volunteer Team Leader and helped to build a volunteer program and team from scratch.Having recently finished her MA in Education and International Development, specialising in gender and education, she now balances her time between Nukoko Education and a full-time job in research in London, England.

Cynthia Chen
Cynthia ChenSponsor Liaison and Finance

Cynthia began her work with Nukoko Education in 2010 and is committed to the promotion of girls’ education.
She has volunteered with local youth organizations to promote leadership in girls as well as gender equality.

She currently spends her time volunteering with various local groups while pursuing a BA in accounting at the University of Waterloo.

Kanika Gupta
Kanika GuptaFounder and AdvisorKanika founded Nukoko in 2007 and currently acts as a senior advisor to the team. Learn more about Kanika and the story of Nukoko Education.
Julia Smith
Julia SmithSocial Media Coordinator

Julia was motivated to volunteer her time as the Social Media Coordinator after graduating from Teacher’s College in 2015 and developing a passion for education.

She completed her undergraduate degree with a specialisation in media studies, and is excited about the opportunity to combine her interest in social media with her passion for equal access to education through this volunteer position.

She currently works as an occasional teacher with two school boards in the Halton region of Ontario outside Toronto.

Jenn Rossiter

Jenn RossiterProgram Coordinator

Ever since she was a teenager, Jenn has been passionate about working towards global equality and sustainability, and recently finished an MA focusing on the rights of children and international development.

As Program Coordinator for Nukoko’s Education 4 All program, it is her responsibility to improve the implementation and sustainability of the program based on the needs of the affected communities, while also helping to lead fundraising campaigns here in Canada. She currently lives in Edmonton working  at the University of Alberta.

If you would like to learn more about our team, or if you are interested in volunteering with Nukoko Education, please contact us.