compassionate, committed, optimistic
Born and raised in Ethiopia, Aklilu grew up with a passion for catalyzing transformation in the lives of those caught in the cycle of poverty. He’s applied that positive energy to senior positions at non-profit and private-sector organizations in British Columbia (B.C.), including the Burnaby Hospital Foundation and HOPE International Development Agency.
Committed to mentoring young people, Aklilu has been involved in teaching both professionally and in academic settings. Currently an adjunct faculty member with the University of B.C., he also works at VRX Studios, Inc. in Vancouver and serves as vice-chair on the Board of Arrow Leadership International Ministries in B.C.
Aklilu has undergraduate degrees in natural sciences and business administration from Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. Most recently, he’s been completing graduate work in public policy and management from the University of London in England.
The father of two young adults enjoys spending time with his wife and family while exploring the outdoors by kayak, bicycle or on foot.