Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Uchenna Idoko (Executive Director)

uchenna idokoUchenna is a gender and Inclusion Expert of over fourteen years. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Economics from Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto and two Master’s degrees from the University of Abuja: Masters of Science (M.Sc) in Economics and Masters of Science (M.Sc) in Political Economy and Development Studies.

Uchenna has outstanding skills in programming, training, assessment, communication, knowledge management and research. She has trained different stakeholders’ especially parliamentarians, government officials, CSOs on gender equality/equity in different sectors and at different levels both in Nigeria and internationally, principally in issues of sustainable livelihoods for women and vulnerable groups. She has served in Civil Society advisory committees to policy makers in different capacities on gender and economic livelihoods. She has also recently worked extensively in rural communities.

In 2009 she published a toolkit titled: Community Needs Assessment Toolkit: A gender Perspective funded by the UNIFEM. She coordinated Nigeria Gender Budget Network (NGBN) a network of over 119 CSOs for five years. Uchenna has experience in developing gender needs assessment tools, training manuals and has also facilitated mainstreaming gender into organization’s policies, and projects. She has consulted for government ministries, local and international organizations including, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development(FMARD), Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development Nigeria, Ministry of Education, Kano State Secondary School Management Board (KSSMB), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), African Centre for Gender and Social Development Division (ACGS), Growth and Employment Markets in States (GEMS) DFID/ World Bank project, DFID Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN), DFID Teacher Development Programme (TDP), DFID Girl Hub, Network for Women’s Rights Ghana, Centre for Research and Documentation (CRD), Media Information Narrative Development(MIND), GIZ and IDASA.

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Bunmi Dipo-Salami (Chair Person)

Mrs Dipo SalamiMrs. Bunmi Dipo-Salami is the Principal Consultant & Chief Executive of LaRen Consulting, Nigeria. A gender justice advocate, Strategy & Public Policy development consultant, she has extensive career and study experiences spanning over two decades in academics, gender justice, women's human rights & empowerment, public administration & governance, transformative leadership and project research & evaluation.

Prior to her present position, Bunmi served between 2010 and 2014 as Special Adviser on Planning, MDGs & Development Relations to Ekiti State Governor. She was also the Honourable Commissioner for Integration & Inter-governmental Affairs. She has worked on those issues she's passionate about in all the states across Nigeria, as well as in some countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Similarly, she has international experience in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and North America.

A World Bank Scholar and Chevening Fellow, Mrs. Dipo-Salami has an MA in Development Studies, specialising on Women, Gender, Development from the International Institute of Social Studies The Hague as well as a B. A. ED in French from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She has received awards for her contribution to development in different parts of the world. Bunmi serves on the boards of many organizations that share her vision where she continues to contribute value in leadership and good governance.

 


 

Anna Madziga (Member)

ANNA MADZIGAAnna Madziga is a development consultant with special interest in women and girls issues. She has 17 years experience working on gender issues, women's rights, women economic empowerment, girls’ education and adolescent rights. She has participated in several UN and other international Conferences and meetings that deal with gender issues, women rights, girls’ rights and conflict resolutions.

Anna Barka Madziga is a Doctoral Student of Political Economics and Development Studies from the University of Abuja. She also holds a Masters Degree (2007) in the same field from the same University and a first degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maiduguri (1995). Anna has conducted researches such as baseline studies, end of project evaluations and mapping exercises for various organizations within and outside Nigeria.

She has presented various papers on women and girls topical issues at different fora. She is widely travelled and lives her life working to improve the lives of women and girls in the communities. Anna is from Adamawa state married and is a mother of 2 boys.


 

Uju Obiora (Member)

madam ujuUju Obiora holds a Master’s Degree in International Law and Diplomacy and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She is a Program Manager with Participatory Partnerships for Community Development (PPCD) a Chevron funded project based in Delta State, Nigeria. She has over 15 years of experience in gender and development work both at program management and grant making levels. Prior to joining the PPCD team, she was with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Nigeria office for five years as Program Manager (Women’s Rights) and has worked with other local NGOs on full time and Consultancy bases.

She has published books on gender and women’s rights related issues including: The Women’s Convention in Nigeria, Women & the Rights to Inheritance in Nigera and has contributed chapters to the Nigeria NGOs Shadow Reports to the UN CEDAW Committee.

Uju has contributed to the global discourse on women and gender issues through her participation in several UN meetings and other international conferences, on women’s rights, human rights & gender issues.


 

Oduenyi Ahaneku- Okonkwo (Member)

Oduenyi Ahaneku  OkonkwoMs. Okonkwo is a development practitioner with over 10 years of experience in project management ranging from design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Her professional interests are in public policy analysis, political economy, institutional reform and public finance. Ms. Ahaneku has direct and relevant experience working on a variety of international and local development projects funded by DFID, USAID and the EU.

She has worked on critical engagements and understands the specific challenges that must be overcome to ensure successful project outcomes. Ms. Okonkwo worked as an Associate with African Access a developing consulting firm based in Abuja. She has also served as Grants Administrator/Manager atthe National Democratic Institute for International Affairs where she oversaw a portfolio of USAID and DFID funded projects.

After which she was engaged by the Coalitions for Change which is a DFID funded project to work as Technical adviser to the Constitutional Reforms Dialogue Mechanism – a coalition made up of professional groups and civil society organizations such as the Nigeria Bar Association, Nigeria Labour Congress, National Union of Journalists, Joint National Association of People Living with Disabilities and the Gender and Constitutional Reform Network.

Ms. Okonkwo currently works as an independent development consultant serving a broad of range of clients including government agencies, bi-lateral and multi-lateral development organizations. Ms. Ahaneku holds a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri in Imo state. She has also acquired the following globally recognized certifications: An Executive Masters certificate in Project Management and a Certificate in Participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation from Wageningen International, Netherlands. She is currently studying for a Master’s degree in public policy and management from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

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Our mission is to inspire African citizens to take their position at the centre of sustainable development by rising above barriers to gender equality and economic growth.