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Mandeep Nobeen, Country Director and National Finance Director
Mandeep Nobeen, Country Director & National Finance Director

Mandeep is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and works as Assistant Manager in a tax practice firm in Mauritius. He holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and Law and a master degree in International Business Management from the University of Mauritius. Mandeep has also gained overseas experience working in the UK and Ghana in 2019. He is highly involved in social work and community service by being member of highly esteemed international organisation. He has also co-founded a community driven organisation “Let’s Glow Organisation” continuously supporting various causes in Mauritius along with other organisation in Africa.

Born to a low income family, Mandeep thrived through different stages of his life and has an objective of caring for the society at large. He believes that every person deserves to have a decent meal everyday, every child should have a right over education and the current generation has the obligation to preserve the environment for the future generation. Engaging in social work has helped him to explore the different aspects and himself further. Mandeep has always been keen towards the accounting profession and community based engagement since early ages. The challenge faced by him is to find time within his busy schedule. It is really astonished to see how we can make time for professional and family commitments as well as for the society. The feeling and satisfaction obtained motivates him to continue his selfless engagement.

Ashwina Thakooree lives a purpose-driven life and draws tremendous satisfaction from helping others, especially the needy. Her aims are to toil towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and make the world a better place. Africa, the Continent, holds a special place in Ashwina’s heart owing to her African origins and the special bond that she shares with her African brothers and sisters.

Since Ashwina has always loved seeing smiles on people’s face, she has been volunteering a lot, especially in the educational and environmental field. Passionate about making the world a cleaner, more peaceful, empowered and educated place, Ashwina has co-founded and acts as President within the NonGovernmental Organisation, Let’s Glow Organisation, the latter promoting educational, environmental and empowerment initiatives, and the latter having received the NGO Award 2020.

Ashwina has had various opportunities to wear the leadership hat since her young age. She has led and won several competitions in high school, especially in the public-speaking domain. She has received the Omnicane Award and has had the opportunity to act as the Chairperson in the Rodrigues Youth Parliament in 2015. In 2019, she took up the role of team leader for a community project in Mauritius and her team came out as the second runner-up of the Mauritius National Leadership Engine to develop sustainable solutions. She later joined the National Leadership Engine Action Drivers Network, designed to identify social, economic and environmental problems, and find solutions to the latter. Furthermore, in 2020, Ashwina received the Leaders’ Award – The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Ashwina has graduated from Panthéon-Assas Paris II University, where she pursued a Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons) degree. Since July 2019, right after finishing her tertiary studies, Ashwina has joined the ‘Big Four’ accounting firm, KPMG, and has been working as an Advisory Consultant, and exercising in the legal, company secretarial, regulatory and compliance field there. She also has a couple months of experience in the accounting and administrative field. She is currently pursuing the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators qualification, a professional qualification championing compliance and good governance.

In addition, Ashwina has undertaken the Young African Leadership Initiative (Business and Entrepreneurship Track) in 2018, whereby she got the chance to interact with people from Southern African, lead projects and even win the title ‘Miss Cohort 14’. She loves challenges and has subsequently participated in the Miss Mauritius National Pageant whereby she became the first runner-up of Miss Intercontinental.

Ashwina Thakoree, Deputy Country Director and National Secretary
Chitra Gomanee, National Communications Director

Chitra Gomanee is a corporate banker at Absa Bank (Mauritius) Ltd with focus on exceptional customer service seeking to be an asset to the bank and customers alike. She joined the bank at the age of 19, and this intellectually stimulating and dynamic environment has a great hand in shaping her to the young woman she is today.

Chitra believes in working hard and smart. Juggling between her full time work and studies, she brings a First Class Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (minor Finance) along with excellent leadership skills. Wanting to pursue her career in this field, she enrolled in the course Msc Finance in 2018. She is also known for her love for volunteering, martial arts and public speaking. She even represented her university in many occasions such as ICAC Debate Competition, Oracle Pitching Competition, CFA Research Challenge amongst others. She proudly brought the first runner up award back to the institution for the mentioned contests.

Starting very young, Chitra discovered her passion for social work and joined numerous organisations to serve the community, to name a few- Volunteer Mauritius, Rotaract Club, YALI RLC Mauritius Alumni, Lets Glow Organisation. She has, thus undertaken the path to empower the youth and doesn’t intend to stop here. Chitra is determined to keep going despite the challenges she might face, as this is the only way to growth and victory.

Clara is from Rodrigues Island and is currently a student in Applied Biochemistry of degree level at the University of Mauritius. Her goal in life is to grow with and help others grow along through learning and using education for developing and stimulating creativity. She personally value creativity, innovation and independent learning.

With this as objective, she wishes to contribute to social development of mostly aspiring young people as from their childhood to adulthood. Any challenge can be best tackled through organisation which gives a clear direction to our purposes. Expanding socially and exploring the most possible aspects of society is what she intends to do. Through this eventually is found the aim to empower individuals’ independecy to promote social team work and enterprise with authenticity. Individual growth and glow promotes team growth, with efficacy and efficiency.

Clara Marie Louis, Director, Center for Learning, Social Enterprise & Innovation

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