Southern MBA student earns major fellowship

Southern University’s Affuembey Affuembey is one of 98 students from business schools in the United States to be selected for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps fellowship this summer.

“This fellowship is an immense opportunity for me to gain organizational experience at an institution in the United States,” said the native of Cameroon, Africa.

Affuembey, who recently completed his first year in SU’s Master of Business Administration program, is the first student from the University to receive the fellowship. EDF Climate Corps sends students to work with companies such as Facebook, Google, Verizon, Chicago Public Schools and 88 other companies and universities.

Southern is partnering with EDF Climate Corps for the first time as a host institution.

The EDF Climate Corps places specially trained MBA and Master of Public Accounting students in companies and universities to build business cases for energy efficiency.  Climate Corps delivers energy and cost savings to companies while training tomorrow’s leaders to create value through environment initiatives.

Affuembey’s role at Southern is to analyze energy-saving opportunities and develop custom energy-efficiency investment plans that cut costs and carbon mission at the University.

Affuembey is excited about the opportunity.  “This is a chance for me to apply my skills to a new field and make strategically contributions towards making my university better,” said Affuembey.

He received his undergraduate from the University of Buea, Cameroon. He obtained his post-graduate in International Trade Policy and Trade Law from the Trade Policy Training Center in Arusha, Tanzania and an advance diploma in Management Accounting from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in London.

Affuembey was a part of the Opportunity Funding Corporation’s Venture Capital Challenge 2012 in Atlanta this past May with a team representing SU instead of being at the first training seminar for the fellowship. The team presented a business plan for a college recruiting website in which Affuembey lead the financial plans.

The OFC Venture Capital Challenge is an annual business plan competition for business schools at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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