EseOghene Ogbu-Sifo (Ese) was born in Lagos, Nigeria and schooled in Nigeria and Leeds, United Kingdom. He suffers from sickle cell disease (SS). Four years after his birth, his younger sister was born with the disease as well. From an early age, Ese accepted the challenge of not only living with sickle cell but to ‘beat’ sickle cell. He was determined not to let the disease limit him and to provide an example of strength for his little sister. While most individuals with SS are told to limit their activity, travels, and stress; Ese did the opposite. He was the first out of five to leave home and pursue his graduate degree in the United Kingdom. He travelled and lived in the UK alone, until he met his wife.
After completing his Masters in Finance, Ese returned to Nigeria for a short time and moved to the US to be with his wife. He began working in Finance with United Technologies Corporation and then moved into an HR Diversity and Inclusion role. Ese chose to deviate from the finance career path because of his passion regarding diversity and promoting an inclusive workplace. As a Nigerian born, US citizen with sickle cell he knows the importance of valuing and appreciating differences.
Ese joined CQSCC in honor of his younger sister who passed away from sickle cell complications in 2012. His goal for CQSCC is to mentor children with sickle cell and let them know that there is something worth fighting and living for. The only limitations that can be placed on them are the ones that are self-imposed.