Ese Emerhi is the project director for the Kiisi Trust Fund. She has spent the last 18 years working in the international development field, supporting human rights defenders and organizations in the Middle East and North Africa region to encourage civil society in pushing forward democratic initiatives that promote freedom and the respect of human rights, as well as working with youth-led organizations in the US and Nigeria advocating for greater youth inclusion in development projects, leadership and youth empowerment. Prior to joining TrustAfrica, Ese worked as the Advocacy Program Manager for PIND Foundation, developing and implementing a robust advocacy strategy of engagement for state and federal government in advancing economic development for the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. While at PIND Foundation, Ese was also instrumental in designing strategy and implementation for NDLink, an online advocacy and communications platform for development practitioners in the Niger Delta - currently ranked as one of the top 5 online platforms for development in Nigeria. Ese holds a B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University and has attended several professional trainings in the U.S.