Advisory  Board

Members

Oduenyi Okonkwo

Ms. 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. Okonkwo 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 at the 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. Okonkwo holds a Bachelor’s 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

Ngozi Njemanze

World Bank Group , CEO, Gigi’s Group of Companies Abuja

Mrs. Akaego Okoye

Mrs. Akaego Okoye, Director, Membership, Corporate Council on Africa, Washington DC

 

Akaego serves as CCA’s Director of Member Relations providing membership services to the organization’s member companies.

Before taking on the membership role, Akaego served as head of Legal and Corporate Affairs at EAN Aviation, a business aviation company which operates the first full service FBO and jet maintenance facility in Lagos, Nigeria. In helping to build the business, she served in various capacities including client relationship management, business development, event and conference management, and all legal aspects of the business.

Akaego obtained an LLB in Law from the University of Kent and LLM in International Commercial Law from University College London and is qualified to practice law in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Judy Melifonwu

Judy Melifonwu is an experienced Government Relations Executive, Certified Project Manager, and Socialpreneur with over 9 years experience in both the private and public sector for global organizations.

Judy has led teams on projects which have shaped policies and regulatory demands to meet with the needs of socio-economic development.
 
Currently working as the Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Nigeria for Diageo. Judy is responsible for leading Diageo’s drive to develop government strategies and provide high level government stakeholder management initiatives.
 
Prior to this Judy was Head of Government Relations International Business Machines (IBM), Central &West Africa where she was responsible for the Strateg…
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Professional Biography
 
Judy Melifonwu is an experienced Government Relations Executive, Certified Project Manager, and Socialpreneur with over 9 years experience in both the private and public sector for global organizations.

Judy has led teams on projects which have shaped policies and regulatory demands to meet with the needs of socio-economic development.
 
Currently working as the Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Nigeria for Diageo. Judy is responsible for leading Diageo’s drive to develop government strategies and provide high level government stakeholder management initiatives.
 
Prior to this Judy was Head of Government Relations International Business Machines (IBM), Central &West Africa where she was responsible for the Strategic Development & Management of Government Stakeholder activities at federal and state level across Central and West Africa some of the countries include Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, Zambia, Malawi,
 
Judy is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow /Fulbright Scholarship Alumni

Anuli Ola Olaniyi

Anuli Ola-Olaniyi is a CIPD certified Human Resource Professional and a qualified Prince 2 Practitioner in Project Management. Her qualifications were obtained in the United Kingdom where she studied and lived until her recent return to Nigeria. She has gained international working experiences for over a decade while working with London Stock Exchange, Barclays and Thomson Reuters as well as locally in Nigeria, working for Film house Limited and other notable companies. She has effectively recruited employees and delivered cutting edge training that has elevated people both in their professional and personal life. Anuli is a Deputy Managing Director of HM Ltd, An Executive Director of DV Solutions and plays a consultancy role to many female owned and run businesses.

Añuli believes women are strategizing to become empowered and rule the world alongside men.  She founded HEIR Women Development, an enterprise created to support young women in capacity and skills building in career. She hosts the Hire ME Boot camp and CV Clinic, a skills building platform.

She is a speaker, facilitator and blogger.  Añuli is also a mother and wife.

Tee Nwozo

Tee Nwozo is a human resources executive with over 20 years of experience. She has designed, implemented, and led strategic programs and initiatives to attract, develop, and engage talent for different businesses and organizations across the globe. As a Gallup-Certified Strengths coach, Tee has also worked in the capacity of an executive and career coach.

Tee is the founder of the blog, “It’s a Matter of People,” which provides practical tips, examples, and advice to professionals that are looking to position themselves with purpose and have an edge in their respective fields or careers. She also views this blog as an intersection between a career advice blog and a blog that offers advice on how business leaders and HR practitioners can align their people strategy with overall organizational success.

Tee has an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies from University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Georgetown University, and is currently pursuing a PhD from Howard University. She is a mom, a wife, a lover of Afrobeats, and a resident of Maryland.

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