Agapi Gessesse

Executive Director of CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals

Century Initiative
Expert Panel Member


Agapi Gessesse is an Award winning, powerful, influential and fearless change- maker. Agapi is currently the Executive Director of CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals. Born and raised in Toronto by a refugee mother from Ethiopia Agapi’s commitment to community development stems from her lived experience, which then propelled her to obtain her degree in Social Justice. Agapi has captivated audiences on local and national stages and conferences including the National Housing Conference, Association of Fundraising Professionals, The Economic Club of Canada and many more. She speaks and writes on topics such as anti-black racism, workforce development and youth engagement. For over a decade, Agapi has worked to enhance the lives of marginalized youth through her work with Toronto Community Housing, United Way Greater Toronto and as the ED of POV 3rd Street. Her roles and mandates include that of a professional fundraiser, social enterprise manager, and coordinator of youth leadership program. Agapi’s accomplishments and practical impact continues to burgeon.