Meet the Rise Team


Emmanuel Savia obtained his law degree from Imo state University in 2009 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2010. With an MSc in Human Resource Management from the University of Liverpool, England, and a flair for solving problems, Emmanuel is focused on tackling issues of under development in Nigeria.
He has worked both in the Nigerian public and private sector as a Senior Supervisor with the Nigerian Securities and Exchange Commission and as Senior Partner with BDN Solicitors and Attorneys.
Emmanuel is a student member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and
Arbitrators of Nigeria and is currently serving as the Chief Responsibility Officer of the Rising Stars Educational Initiative, where he is contributing to the development of quality education in Nigeria.

Emmanuel Savia

Chief Responsibility Officer

Gbemi is a Lawyer with experience spanning the private and public sector. She
holds a Masters degree in International Commercial Law from Cardiff University, is an alumnus of the International Lawyers for Africa and a recipient of the Ernest Shonekan Prize in legal drafting.
Passionate about the development of children and education, Gbemi  volunteers with orphanages and works with a foundation which identifies street kids who need to go to school. Growing up, she was president of the Literary and Debating Society in High School where she won a number of regional debates for her school.
Gbemi holds the Cardiff University Certificates of Development in leadership,
Communication and Personal Effectiveness.



Vivian Savia is a financial manager by day and natural soap maker by night, a
chartered accountant with an MA in International Business Management from
Middlesex University and B.Sc in Accounting from Imo State University. She is a professional member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) London.
Vivian has over 8 years professional experience in the banking and nonprofit sectors as a financial accounting analyst. During this period she has worked with the Global Fund and USAID using her finance and accounting skills to strengthen local civil society organizations and build organizational and staff capacity. She has conducted organizational assessments, designed policy manuals and conducted several trainings to aid in the institutionalization of standard systems and processes. She is a practicing Christian and serves as an usher in her local church.

Vivian Savia

Finance and Grants Manager

Olaronke Ladipo-Ajayi holds an LL.B Honors Degree from the University of Derby and an LL.M Degree from the prestigious University of Bristol. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2010. Olaronke has a background in both the private and public sectors; commencing her legal career with M. A. Banire & Associates as a litigator.
She subsequently went on to Aina Blankson LP, a top tier law firm in Lagos, where she worked in the Corporate Services Group as an attorney and adviser to the Boards and officers of several high profile organizations. She went on to become a public administrator, embracing a new challenge in the public sector and in service of the nation.
Olaronke has a flair for charitable, volunteer and developmental activities. She
spearheads a blood drive initiative to create and increase awareness on the benefits of donating blood amongst Nigerian youths. She is also a mentor to several young ladies. A prolific writer with several professional articles under her belt, she authors a blog and is in the process of publishing her first fictional novel.
She’s a student member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria, a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Nigerian Bar Association.

Olaronke Ladipo-Ajayi


Chuks Dom-Chima obtained his Law degree from Imo State University Nigeria in 2009 and was called to the Nigerian bar in 2010. He obtained a Masters degree in Law from the University of Aberdeen in 2012; an Alumnus of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and currently a doctoral student.
Chuks commenced his lecturing career in 2014 at the Faculty of Law, Imo State University immediately after returning to Nigeria. He is passionate about education and development and seeks to develop this by inspiring young people to have access to quality education.As the RISE Academic Director (South East Nigeria), he believes himself and the RISE team will bring significant development to the Nigerian child and to the world at large.

Chuks Dom-Chima

Academic Director, RISE Initiative (South East, Nigeria)

Chinemerem-Amara Egbuchulam is a legal practitioner, an associate partner with BDN Attorneys and solicitors. He is a problem solver, with passion in guidance and counselling, training, coaching and writing. He is a women’s right advocate. He is a Global Youth Ambassador and member of Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators (APNM).
Chinemerem believes that the society can get it right in areas such as education, equality and human rights, if we can focus on “training up the child in the way he should grow…..’’ .
He is currently the Head, Admin and Logistics with Rising Stars Educational Initiative and a Volunteer Legal consultant/Representative (Northern Nigeria) of Geriatric Care and Vulnerable Support Initiative (GCVSI).

Chinemerem-Amara Egbuchulam

Head, Admin and Logistics