As a proud Afro-Indigenous Womxn, Yamila’s work is centered around empowering communities to innovate & co-create alternative solutions to solve Earth’s most-pressing socio-economic and environmental challenges. With an Honours in Biology & a background in business and finances Yamila works on bringing Nyoka’s vision and mission to life through their circular economy design hub. Yamila believes that research, entrepreneurship, community, and identity are interconnected and therefore leverages her skills as a way to empower fellow innovators. In 2020 Yamila was awarded the Representation, Engagement, Participation Youth Award by HERE in Canada due to her advocacy, and anti-racism work in the community and was a recipient of both the regional and national 2020 Startup Canada Canada Export Challenge. Yamila’s knowledge is built on wholistic enterprise design, giving back to the Land, and advancing the sustainable development goals, especially achieving gender equality, advancing climate action and sustainable consumption and production.