Our Team

Leading The Movement


Amadi Essoka-Lasenberry

Conference Co-Chair

Amadi is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences from South Orange, NJ. She is pursuing a major in Health and Societies with a concentration in Health Policy and Law, along with a minor in Africana Studies. Currently, she is on a pre-law track and looks forward to having an impact on population health through the legal field in the future. Outside of BILBCon, Amadi is the chair of the Africana Studies Undergraduate Advisory Board, programming chair for UMOJA, and marketing chair of the African American Arts Alliance. In her free time, she loves traveling and has even been to fifteen countries! She hopes to eventually visit at least 100 in her lifetime.


Martha Gakunju

Conference Co-Chair

Martha is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is studying Health and Societies with a concentration in Global Health and seeking a minor in International Development and Chemistry. Martha is also involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community School Student Partnerships, GEARUp, and the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students. Some of her other interests include traveling, health economics, cooking, and soccer.


Zahra Barrow

Special Events Co-Chair

Zahra is a sophomore in the Wharton School from St. Pete, FL. She plans on concentrating in Behavioral Economics and Business Analytics, with a minor in Urban Education. Zahra has performed in plays for the African American Art Alliance, serves as a mentor and programming co-chair for Ase Academy, and will soon be a cohort director for Wharton to help students transition during their freshman year. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, biking, exploring big cities, and watching comedy movies.


Oreoluwatomiwa “ore” Opayemi

Special Events Co-Chair

Ore is a sophomore in the Wharton School from Milford, CT. She is currently interested in a concentration in Operations, Informations, and Decisions with a sub-concentration in Marketing, along with a second concentration in either Finance or Management. She is involved with various faith-based organizations, including Penn Cru and Penn for Jesus. Additionally, she is a part of Nigerians at Penn and the Rotaract Club of Philadelphia, and is a student mentor in local Philadelphia Elementary Schools. Ore enjoys baking, badminton, learning about different cultures, and making friends whenever possible!


Rachael Ozinegbe

School Liaison Chair

Rachael is a sophomore in the Wharton School from Staten Island, New York. She is concentrating in both Finance and Business Analytics. Her other extracurriculars include being a site-advisor at the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project and a member of the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association. Rachael enjoys watching crime documentaries, Netflix dramas, and learning about school and education reform.


Danielle Egharevba

Logistics Chair

Danielle is a sophomore in the Wharton School from Surprise, Arizona. She is seeking a dual concentration in Management with a specialization in Organizational Efficiency and Decision Processes. She is a member of Penn’s club soccer team and Penn Cru. Her favorite pastimes include calligraphy, bullet journaling, soccer, community service, and fitness.


Nardos Mecuria

Speaker Acquisition Chair

Nardos is a sophomore in the Wharton School from Johannesburg, South Africa. She is working towards a dual-concentration in Behavioral Economics and either Finance or Business Analytics, with a possible minor in Criminology. Outside of BILBCon, Nardos is involved with the Penn International Consulting Club, the Wharton Global Research and Consulting Group, and the Nominations and Elections Committee. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, psychology, and soccer (she’s a big Chelsea fan).


Simi Ayinde

Marketing Chair

Simi is a junior in the Wharton School from Lagos, Nigeria. She is pursuing majors in both Management and Marketing. Simi is the secretary for the African Community Learning Program and a Hoesley Digital Literacy fellow. She is also the president of Nigerians at Penn, a group that works to bring Nigerians on campus closer together. Her interests include dancing and watching Netflix.


Chris-Lewis Da Cruz

Vice Marketing Chair

Chris-Lewis is a sophomore in the Wharton School from Waterbury, CT. He is considering a concentration in Marketing and a second in either Behavioral Economics or Decision Processes. Chris is a member of the Africana Undergraduate Advisory Board and the Social Planning and Events Committee. He is also involved in planning and organizing the annual Penn Relay Carnival. In his free time, he loves listening to music, exploring the city, and spending time with friends.