Recipients

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2020 Awardees

MICHAEL MAFA

GABORONE, BOTSWANA, MNMAFA@GMAIL.COM

“I am passionate about spreading the message of sustainability, solar energy and water & waste recycling in my country.”

ISHAH ASHUMADA

CALIFORNIA – USA, ISHAH.AHUMADA@GMAIL.COM
“If we as a society do not change our consumption patterns, we will be faced with environmental and economic deficits that will threaten our social structures.”

DEMARCUS MEANS

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – USA, DEMARCUS1.MEANS@FAMU.EDU

“Sustainability is extremely important to me. I see it as a way to ensure a world for future generations including my own.”

2021 Awardees

MARTIN VACLAVIK

CZECH REPUBLIC, VACLAVIK@ESGA.CZ

“The main reason I accepted this scholarship was to bring a greater focus on ESG alignment. Since I was awarded the scholarship, I have worked on projects dealing with implementing ESG policies within larger organizations.”

NWIIDO LEKIA

ABUJA NIGERIA, AFRICA, NLEKIA@YAHOO.COM

“The SFP credential provides a detailed road map of how I could improve the sustainability of my facility projects using all major areas of sustainability as defined by IFMA: energy, water, materials and resources, quality of services, waste and site impact”

JULIA GOURLEY

CENTERVILLE, OHIO – USA, JULIA.GOURLEY.LLC@GMAIL.COM

“Strategic planning, managing and operating facilities are all…my responsibilities. Each of these focus areas can result in reduced utilities usage which can have positive environmental impacts — my highest priority.”

2022 Awardees

YI TING (CONNIE) 

CHAN HONG KONG CHINA, CONCYT1221@GMAIL.COM 

“…the world is advocating a net-zero carbon environment and we can save and protect our world to improve our quality of lives if we manage it well. I hope I can gain knowledge in sustainability and apply this to my work – to help my customers to achieve their sustainability goals by choosing the best solution.”

GLENDA DIDIENNE

LA MESA, CA – USA, GLENDA.DIDIENNE@INOVIO.COM

“I believe the knowledge and skills I will gain from the SFP credential will not only make me a more competitive FM as I continue in this ever-changing career path, but that it will also make me a more competent FM, capable of taking on more challenging sustainability goals in my current and future companies.”

PRIYANKA KATHIRESAN 

MANCHESTER, NH – USA, PRIYANKA.KATHIR5@GMAIL.COM


“Although energy saving mechanisms and substances are highly encouraged, more

KINSANG MA 

HONG KONG CHINA, SANG_KENNY@HOTMAIL.COM 

“Climate change threatens the essential ingredients of good health, i.e., clean air, safe drinking water, nutritious food supply, and safe shelter. It has the potential to undermine decades of progress in global health.”

GLORIA QUANSEMAH WILLIAMS 

ACCRA GHANA – AFRICA, QUANSEMAH@YAHOO.COM

“The FM professional must lead the charter on sustainability by championing its implementation. Therefore possessing the right skills and knowledge in sustainability … will help me as a professional to function effectively and efficiently while safeguarding resources for future generations.”

DANA YURKANIN

LOUISVILLE, KY -USA, DANA_YURKANIN@PAPAJOHNS.COM 

“Understanding (and) advancing meaningful change is difficult and takes time, especially with an issue as complicated as sustainability. Yet we still have to move forward. Despite barriers, I am confident that I will be able to advance real change at Papa Johns.”

JEFF WOMACK

SCHERTZ, TX – USA, JEFFRWOMACK@GMAIL.COM 

“The SFP certification will give me more credibility in my company which is full of LEED certified individuals, and I hope I’ll be able to help AGEISS provide more sustainability consultations to various federal agencies…”

RICHARD GUNPAT

PETIT VALLEY, TRINIDAD TOBAGO, RICHARD.GUNPAT@GMAIL.COM 

“As FMs, we must ensure that our facilities are not only managed efficiently and cost effectively, but sustainably. I believe the IFMA SFP program will help me and by extension all FMs to understand and apply sustainability principles more effectively.”

OLUWATODIMU BELLO

LAGOS, NIGERIA – AFRICA, TODIMUBELLO@GMAIL.COM

“I am looking forward to gaining the SFP certification which is an integral part of my professional development and a way to enhance my career.”

ANOOP CHETAR SURENDRA

JERSEY CITY, NJ – USA, ASURENDR@PRATT.EDU

“I want to take on more sustainability leadership positions in my profession and I believe that the (SFP) certification will help me to achieve this goal.”

AMANDA OZMAN

NEW YORK, NY – USA, AMANDAOZMAN@GMAIL.COM

“I want to sit at a table where my ideas will be heard, and to credit IFMA and the SFP program for providing me with the necessary knowledge to succeed in these goals.”

XUEZHENG ZHANG

BEIJING, CHINA, 13601168176@139.COM

“As the real estate industry enters the era of stock asset management, real estate enterprises are facing new market challenges and urgently need to move technological innovation toward sustainable operations.”

JACOB NEIL

OREM, UTAH – USA, J.STEVENEIL72@GMAIL.COM

“I still have many facility and property management classes to take at Brigham Young University. I think that going into those classes with the SFP will help me see the materials with a lens focused on sustainability.”

AHMED OSMAN

GIZA EGYPT, AHMEEDETMAN652@YAHOO.COM

“And on the other side of the world there is a substantial lack of effective (sustainable) practices… These practices must be supported by global associations such as the United Nations and others entities to preserve human rights and … achieve a better life for their people.”

2023 Awardees

JUAN JOSE SERVIN DIAZ DE LEON

MEXICO, JJSDDL@HOTMAIL.COM

“I plan to apply the SFP knowledge I attained for increasing sustainable transformation initiatives in small and large organizations. I also will participate as an IFMA SFP hands-on professional who instructs volunteers and spreads the word about IFMA programs and sustainable change.”

MARK ANTIE, GHANA

GHANA, MARKANTIE@ARKANTIE@YAHOO.COM

“The only way to achieve sustainability is by reducing, reusing, and recycling resources to create a more energy-efficient workplace. I will ensure that work spaces have a minimal, neutral, or even positive impact on the environment. ”

CHEYENNE FARMER

USA, CHEYENNE@SHRCOMMERCIAL.COM

“Our geographic region faces temperature extremes, altering precipitation to the durability and longevity of commercial roofing systems and making it necessary to evolve commercial roofing practices. As a vendor collaborating with FMs, we must address these challenges which have become essential to delivering effective roofing solutions that align with both climate resilience and sustainability goals.”

ALEX LYON

USA, ALYON@GORDONPRILL.COM
“We are focused on the CO2 footprint and working on electrifying our business and fleet of vehicles to cut emissions, working hybrid for less GHG’s. I would like to gain a better understanding of what we can do with our building footprint in upcoming projects and portfolio management.”

KAYLEE WILSON

USA, KWILSON9@COLORADOMTN.EDU
“As a recipient of the Eric Teicholz Scholarship for 2023, I am excited to use the knowledge I gain to positively impact the planet and the industry. The skills I gain from this credential along with my BA in sustainability studies will give me the tools I need to create a lasting impact on our planet and society.”

NNEKA UBI

USA, NNEKAUBI@GMAIL.COM
“With over four years of hands-on experience and two years dedicated of research focusing on O+M, my commitment to sustainable practices has deepened. This passion for sustainability in FM practices led me to undertake relevant courses and, ultimately, apply for the SFP certification. ”

DENIZ BESIKTEPE

USA, DENIZB@PURDUE.EDU
“My research interests include facilities management and the built environment, building maintenance, condition assessment, decision-making models, fuzzy applications, and implementing data-driven techniques in the FM area.”

ADERONKE OSUMAH

NIGERIA, RONKEOSUMAH@GMAIL.COM
“I aim to become a trusted partner in protecting the natural environment, building a sustainable supply chain, and showing respect and support to customers, communities and people.”

MICHAEL PIAZZA

USA, MICHAEL.PIAZZA@NUVOLO.COM
“I am the recipient of Nuvolo’s SFP scholarship and I will provide all the necessary energy needed to understand and make informed decisions related to reducing the environmental impact of buildings.”

SHEILA IRENE COFIE

GHANA, SICOFIE2000@YAHOO.COM
“I am the Head of the FM Unit for Ecobank Ghana PLC and part of the bank’s Green Initiative. Among other things, we are spearheading an innovative and ground breaking project in the Bank dubbed the Green Idea Challenge. This project has management approval and the best idea submitted will be implemented across all bank facilities.”