Amb. Dr. Kema Chikwe
Her pedigree is unmistakable; so is her political acumen. Strong, suave and stately, Kemafo Chikwe remains one of the most prominent female politicians the Peoples Democratic Party has ever produced. A one-time minister of aviation and ambassador to Republic of Ireland, she was at the heart of women development and involvement in Nigeria’s political landscape.
A polyvalent professional and a development practitioner with a rich multi-sectorial background, Anthony Ubani has over 25 years of successful leadership experience in building strong program development platforms. With expertise in leadership, governance and communication development and a keen focus on gender and youth programming, Ubani has provided transformative leadership to several local and international development organizations; delivered papers and facilitated capacity building training workshops/seminars in Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana, Dubai , US and the UK; and consulted for leading local and international development agencies. An alumnus of Manchester Business School, Manchester University; University of Lagos, Akoka; Lagos State University, Ojo; and Nigerian Institute of Journalism. He also received other continuous training development from the Center for Parliamentary Studies, UK; Mediation Training Institute, UK; Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, Nigeria and Mississippi Consortium for International Development, USA.
Prior to taking up appointment as premier President/CEO of WLI, Ubani has served variously as Program Director, Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI), Lagos; Executive Director, Campaign for A New Nigeria (CANN), Lagos; Managing Consultant, Hopefield Associates Limited, Abuja; Ag. Country Director, Mississippi Consortium for International Development, Nigeria Country Office, Abuja; CEO, Global Office Limited, Abuja; Director General/CEO, Peoples Democratic Institute (PDI), Abuja; Program Consultant to the International Republican Institute (IRI), Nigeria Country Office; Principal Public Relations Officer, Institute for Peace & Conflict Resolution (IPCR), the Presidency; Media and Publicity Consultant to the Goodluck- Sambo Presidential Campaign Council, (2011) Abuja; Chairman Collage of Fellows, Africa Business school, Abuja; Member of the European Union sponsored Niger Delta Dialogue (NDD) in Nigeria; Faculty member of DCP Thinking & Learning Lab( DCP TLL); Chairman, Governing Board of Order paper Advocacy Initiative (OAI); Convener LeadHub and Future Seminars; and Chief Executive Officer, Africa Leadership Advantage.
In addition to membership of several professional associations, Ubani is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Administration (CIA), Fellow of the African Business School (ABS), Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria (ICEN), professional member of the Institute of Directors, (IoD) London, member American Association for Training & Development, member International leadership Association (ILA), Member Nigeria Institute of management (NIM),Member Nigeria Institute of Journalism (NIJ),member Institute of Chartered Mediators & Conciliators.(ICMC) Nigeria, and member Association of Corporate Governance Professionals of Nigeria, (ACGPN).In 2006, President Olusegun Obasanjo commended Ubani as “a young Nigerian who epitomizes the extraordinary creative and productive capacities that come naturally to the quintessential Nigerian.” In 1998, Ubani received a Priority Nomination from the American Biographical Institute (ABI) for biographical inclusion in the seventh edition of Five Thousand Personalities of the World“because of exemplary performance... and for the fine example you are setting for your peers and society".
In 2003, he received an award for “Outstanding contributions to the Development of MCID Nigeria Country Office.” In 2015, he received an Excellence award for“Contributions to the education industry in Nigeria”. In 2016, Ubani received Leadership Award from the President of the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria (APBN) and in 2017 he received another award as “Champion & Excellent Performance in Leadership”. An avid Chess player and a cerebral writer, Ubani writes a weekly column, “Leadership Agenda” and is also the author of the book “Reforming the Rally into a Party” and the editor of three highly acclaimed books“Giant Strides”, “Party Politics & Power Struggle in Nigeria” and “Moving From Third world To First: Effective Strategies for alleviating Corruption A Poverty in Africa”
Ubani is a highly sought after keynote speaker, trainer and development consultant. He enjoys playing Chess and writing poetry.
Dr. Kemafor Ogan
Dr. Anyanwu Ogan is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Computer Science in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University (NC State). She also directs the Semantic Computing and Big Data research laboratory at NC State. She graduated from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry in 1989. She migrated to the United States shortly thereafter and worked as a Biochemist for a few years before starting graduate studies in Computer Science. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from the University of Georgia in 2007 and began a faculty position as an Assistant Professor at NC State the same year. At NC State, she has had a distinguished faculty career, having graduated several Ph.D. and M.S students who have gone on to work for top American computing organizations like Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Amazon, E-bay, Uber, Lenovo and several others. Her research and publications are disseminated widely with >1300 citations, two best paper awards, best paper award nominations and other notable contribution nominations. Her research has attracted over $1.5M in research grants from the United States National Science Foundation, the United States Office of Naval Research and industry organizations like IBM and Bosh Global Services. She is frequent panellist on the National Science Foundation proposal peer review panels and a member of organizational and steering committees of several international conferences and workshops and editorial board of leading journals. Aside from research and teaching, Dr. Anyanwu Ogan has served or participated in organizations focused on promoting Women in Computing, Women in Engineering Leadership and Diversity in Computing. She is also extremely passionate about strengthening the role of the African diaspora in building STEM capacity in Africa (particularly in STEM research and technology transfe
Professor Marie Umeh
Ambassador (Dr.) Marie Linton Umeh teaches Global Literature, English Writing Composition, and Research Methods at CUNY and Boricua College in New York. Currently, she is a United Nation's Ambassador for African Women for Good Government (AWGG). She is also a member of the following UN/NGOs: UNESCO Centre for Global Education, and the Main UN Representative for Widows Development Organisation [sic] (WiDO). Some of her publications include, Flora Nwapa: A Pen and A Press (2010), and The Flora Nwapa Society Newsletter (2007-2012). Other published books to her credit are the following: Emerging Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta (1995), Emerging Perspectives on Flora Nwapa (1998), Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing (2001) and Kema Chikwe Across Borders: Selected Speeches and Essays (2016). Her critical and theoretical essays appear in books and journals worldwide. As the Founder and CEO of The Flora Nwapa Society International, she promotes Africana women’s legacies.
Mrs. Somachi Kachikwu
Somachi is a gender/education specialist and management consultant. She has a B.A in Women Studies (International Economics) from Wesleyan University, an M.A in Gender Studies (Empowerment Strategies) from University College, London and is currently studying for her MSc. /PhD (Educational Leadership) at the University of Leicester, UK.
She had worked at Platinum Bank and the Federal Ministry of Finance and international development firms like Chemonics working on development projects. She has experience working as a LEADS Consultant at the National Universities Commission before starting The Gifted Minds Academy - an education service firm that aims at providing a wide range of extended school programmes for children and educators.
She has used her experiences to provide strong academic, communication and leadership skills’ foundation for children, parents and guardians using children’s libraries, comfortable classrooms and great outdoor spaces. She also hosts workshops where teachers are trained.
Her hobbies include mentoring, of which she is a part of two Mentoring Networks- Girls Unite and Women and A New Orientation. She loves reading; and co-founded a Ladies’ Only reading club – Books and Dessert Club. She’s a strong believer that the world will be a better place with more women in charge.
Mrs. Abi Khalisdon
Abi Khalidson is an accomplished generalist with over 20 years professional experience in administrative, compliance and human resources roles at global financial institutions and government organization. Her career in the financial sector began in the Treasury department of Ecobank Nigeria PLC, where she was responsible for inter-trading in the money markets. This continued in the United Kingdom with world renowned Investment banks such as Salomon SmithBarney, Lloyds Bank Securities Services, Mitsubishi Trust International Bank, West LB Panmure Ltd and ABN AMRO N.V. Here she held executive regulatory compliance roles. In the public sector, as one of four Compliance Officers in the whole of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Abi was responsible for overseeing compliance related matters in all the units, namely; Accounts, Human Resources, Procurement, Estates and Logistics and General Services. Abi’s recent assignment as a World Bank Consultant on a women’s empowerment project re-awakened her passion for the development and advancement of gender related issues. Abi is currently a director at Wisabek Projects Limited, a commercial representation company. She is responsible for marketing, regulatory compliance, updating and briefing partners on the progress of various projects and ensuring timely and efficient delivery of all matters arising. She holds an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Abi has attended several professional development programmes with particular focus in the following areas: programme and project management; personal effectiveness and mastery; communicating and influencing; management essentials and coaching skills for line managers. Her area of practice includes but is not limited to regulatory compliance, policy review and analysis, market research and market entry strategy for foreign investors and human capacity development.
Assistant to the Executive Director for Africa Group One Constituency.
International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC. United States. Representing: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Responsible for coordinating administrative support to Executive Director, Alternate Executive Directors and Advisors, in addition to helping event coordination, managing busy Executive Board calendar, scheduling international travel, as well as initiating response to correspondence between the Executive Director and member countries.
Responsible for organizing meeting and events internationally on behalf of the Executive Director during Annual Meetings abroad and African Caucus meetings held all over Africa, and attended by Finance Ministers and Governors of Central Banks as well as IMF and World Bank Staff and facilitating the work of the Secretariat of the Board and Africa Group One Constituency memberships. Assist in organizing special tasks, such as receiving of Heads of States and Government at the IMF Managing Director.
Responsible for organizing meetings and events of the Africa Group Constituency during African Caucus meetings held in Washington and in member states of African countries.
Traveled widely, and participated in Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings.
Dr. Alhaji Buhari Balla FCCA, FCA, OFR
Alhaji Buhari Bala serves as Principal Partner of Bala- Ogunleye & Co. Chartered Accountants, and Deputy President of Lacom Consultants, producers of Policy Magazine.
Mr. Bala held various key positions in public and private sector including Director of Finance & Supplies in various Ministries in the defunct Sokoto State Government before venturing into Private Sector as Assistant General Manager Finance and Head Lagos liaison office of Peugeot Automobile (Nig.) Ltd.
Mr. Bala has served on two occasions as Hon. Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Member, Federal Executive Council. He served as Chairman Technical Sub-Committee on International Boundaries; Chairman Technical Aid Corps Scheme and Chairman Pilgrims Affairs. He serves as Director of Metropolitan Bank Limited.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants of (F.C.C.A.), Member Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (A.C.A.), Member Nigeria Institute of Management (N.I.M). Mr Bala obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (B.Sc. Bus. Admin), a Master of Business Administration Degree (M.B.A) in Finance from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He also obtained a post-graduate Diploma in Advanced Accounting from Luton College of Higher Education. U.K.
Dr. Charles Aniagolu
News Anchor & Special Correspondent - Arise TV News London.
Charles is currently a senior editor, news anchor and special correspondent with Arise TV News in London. In addition, he does occasional radio/TV reporting for CBC Canada, ABC Australia, CBS America, RTE Ireland, France 24 in Paris and Global Radio/TV News, based in London. As a BBC trained broadcast journalist, Charles worked for 8 years with BBC World Service Radio and BBC World Television as a reporter, producer and news presenter. Charles later worked as a casual television reporter with ITN, a freelance news producer with Sky News and as a casual news presenter on CNN International.
Charles is also Chief production Executive and Partner at Spirit Creations, a media production and PR company, based in the UK and Nigeria (www.spiritcreations.co.uk). Charles is the writer, producer and co-director of the international Nollywood hit movie “Streets of Calabar” which was filmed in Cross River State of Nigeria and London, England with an international cast and was released in cinemas in Africa in December 2012.
Charles is also author of five books: “A British Nigerian Deadbeat in Cincinnati” (Trafford UK & Canada, 2010); “The Great Judge: A Biography of Justice Anthony Aniagolu” (St Paul’s Publishing, Nigeria, 2009); “Osibisa: Living in the State of Happy Vibes” (Trafford UK 2004), “Unbroken Spirit” (FIT Consult, Nigeria, 2003) and “Despatches From Lagos: Nigeria in Crisis” (Alpine UK, 1996) Charles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio and a Master of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism, Film Production & Communications Law from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He also holds a certificate in Intellectual Property Law, from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mr. Chris Maiyaki
Mr. Christopher J. Maiyaki graduated, with a B.Sc. in International Relations from the famous Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. He also obtained a Master in International Law and Diplomacy degree from the University of Jos in 1991. He has also attended training programmes which appertain to procurement & project management, computer application to human resource management.
Mr. Maiyaki started his public service career 23 years ago as a young Administrative Officer in the Policy & Administrative arm of the Cabinet Office in the Governor’s Office in Plateau State. Subsequent to this, he joined the National Universities Commission on inter-service transfer in 1993, where he was appointed Administrative Secretary of the World Bank Project Implementation Unit of the National Universities Commission, which executed the $120m Credit facility for twenty federal universities. At the expiration of that project which was adjudged to be one of the best administered in the Word Bank portfolio in Nigeria, Mr. Maiyaki was redeployed to work in the various arms of the National Universities Commission, where he has fulfilled various secondary leadership function positions.
Mr. Maiyaki has been invited to form part of and participated in various Adhoc committees and panels formed to address problems in NUC to deal with policy, general coordination and regulation of university education in Nigeria. He has also participated in the recent promotion of bilateral cooperation between the NUC and diplomatic missions located in Nigeria and beyond. For instance, between 2000-2001, he served on the Secretariat of the Government Negotiating Team set up to negotiate thorny issues with staff unions associated with the universities. More recently, he formed part of the Adhoc Committee to develop the blue print for Open & Distance Learning, among several other assignments. Mr. Maiyaki has developed solid organizational, managerial and negotiation skills at the National Universities Commission. He served the current executive secretary as Deputy Director/ Chief of Staff. The governing board of NUC was to later appoint him a substantive director of special duties and protocol responsible for implementing two presidential scholarships and the linkages with experts and academics in the diaspora scheme. He is currently the Director, Special Duties at NUC. His hobbies include international & current affairs, football and reading.
Mrs. Nini Okey- Uche
She is known to be result-oriented in a manner that is often seen as an obsession to get the job well done! Excellence has always been her watch word, to the chagrin of those more comfortable in mediocrity.
She speaks fluent French, with a good grasp of Spanish. She is also an expert on Protocol Matters, Irregular Migration, Human Trafficking, Government, International and Public Relations, as well as Cultural Diversity, having travelled to over thirty-five (35) countries across the globe. She has lived in Nigeria, the United Kingdom (UK), the United States of America (USA), The Netherlands and Belgium. She studied at some of the most prestigious schools in the United Kingdom (UK) and then returned to Nigeria for University, in order to prepare herself for a 'real feel' of the professional realities in her home country.
In the course of her career, when on ground in Nigeria , she has served on deployment in Asa Rock Presidential Villa under three (3) different administrations of Former Presidents Abacha, Yar'Adua and Jonathan when he was Vice President. During these deployments she worked in the Offices of the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP) and that of the Chief of Staff (COS) to the Vice President. She held several positions, most notable among which was Assistant Director of Protocol (ADOP), during this time, she led several Advance Team VIP movements, locally and internationally. She also handled general coordination under the State Chief of Protocol (SCOP).
Furthermore, she designed and introduced a Manual consisting of Checklists for the organisation of the various forms of Presidential movements, in order to achieve improved organisation and block existing loopholes that often caused negative incidents due to inefficiency. Eventually, she was appointed as a Special Assistant for Operations and General Liaison (SA OGL) to the then Vice President.
In her rare leisure time, she loves travelling, music, dancing, sport, Bible study and poetry. Above all, she cherishes quality time with her husband who is a lawyer, as well as with their 7 children that she constantly teaches winning ways for life, as well as the privilege of adding valuable service to their nation - Nigeria.
Whenever presented with an opportunity, she is known to add clear value and play a strong part in taking any situation, issue, group, individual or organisation to the next higher level.
Mrs. Okey-Uche tries hard to live and not just exist, to add value and not just work, to nurture and not just mother, to give and not just want to receive, to laugh from within and not just an upturning of her lips. She is often described as a 'Passionately Patriotic' Nigerian, a 'Creativity Expert', a 'Change Agent', a 'Master-Organizer ' and one that adds colour, while ensuring professionalism and excellence in her every endeavor and assignment.
Prof. Nkadi Onyegegbu
Nkadi Onyegegbu is at present, Professor in the Science Education Department, the immediate past Director, Institute of Education; Professor and Reproductive Health and Sexuality Educator in Science Education Department of University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She holds a BSc. in Microbiology, a PGDE in Science Education, M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Science Education. Her academic career is garnished with strings of academic publications. She has edited seven books, contributed chapters in many books and has published avalanche of academic articles in renowned national and international journals. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Review of Educational Journal, and Editor of Educational Research Journal and Online African Journal of Education. She has also for over fifteen years successfully organized and co-coordinated seminars, workshops, conferences for institute of Education and Leadership Training programs for the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her professional activities can be measured by her membership in nine professional societies and associations. As a researcher, Professor Nkadi Onyegegbu has severed as a consultant to many international organizations including the World Health Organization [WHO], United Nations Children’s Fund [UNICEF], John D, & Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, Action Aids, Rainbow West Africa, Ford Foundation, United Nations Development Program [UNDP], UKAID, DFID, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria and Millennium Development Goals[MDG] and National Reproductive Health, HIV & AIDs Prevention, Care and support through NYSC. As an academic and active researcher, she has globally travelled to the USA, UK, Canada, China, Malaysia, India, South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya just to mention a few. She has delivered keynote addresses and Lead Paper presentations in a number of conferences. She has also conducted a number of funded researches and facilitated as Lead Resource Person in a number of sponsored capacity building workshops, seminars and training programs for teachers and youths. Currently, she is a full time National Consultant for UNICEF on WASH, WINS4Girls MHM research Project. Despite her numerous commitments to teaching and research, professor Onyegegbu, still spends quality time with her family. At home she is an extremely humble and affectionate wife and mother. Her marriage to Emeritus Engr. Professor Sam Onyegegbu has spanned through 44years and produced wonderful and lovely grown up children and grandchildren. Nkadi Onyegegbu is a devoted Christian and enjoys hobbies like jogging, gardening, collecting flowers, stones and cake baking.
Member, Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN)
Member, National Academy of Education (NAE)
Member, Association for Promotion of Quality Education in Nigeria (APQEN)
Member, Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD)
Member, Organization of Women in Science in Developing Countries (OWSD)
Member, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
Member, Gender, Science and Technology (GASAT)
Member, National Association of University Academic Women)
Director, Global Health and Awareness Research Foundation (GHARF)
Dr. Eleanor Nwadino
More than 20 years’ experience in Malaria , health education, reproductive health, safe motherhood, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS
•More than 20 years’ experience in gender issues, violence against women especially widowhood and female genital cutting
•More than 20 years’ experience managing and coordinating multi-sectoral role players and stakeholders in the public, private and civil society sectors in Nigeria
•Twenty years’ senior strategic and management experience in social development
•Extensive experience working with output orientated teams in the rural and local government sector
•Experience in target setting, achieving expectations of donors, beneficiaries
•Sound knowledge of project design, implementation and monitoring
•Thorough knowledge of the LFA approach and its use in projects design, implementation and monitoring
•Thorough knowledge of development and funding mechanisms for project implementation
•Competent evaluator with extensive monitoring and evaluation experience of a wide range of development interventions
•Rigorous approach to establishment and implementation of procedures, protocols and systems of development finance tools and mechanisms
•Extensive experience with participatory learning approaches; strong orientation towards participatory and empowerment approaches and methods in the field
•Experience in capturing and disseminating best practice, lobbying and advocacy at senior decision-making and community levels
•Creative and improvising thinker geared towards practical, realistic and ecologically sound alternatives to rural development obstacles.
Thorough understanding of donor project management cycle and reporting including logical framework analysis
• Thorough understanding of Rights-Based Approach to SDGs
Proven track record performance managing technical expertise and service providers
•Strong commitment to working with poor, marginalized and vulnerable communities
• Extensive experience using participatory approaches and methodologies to plan, research, implement and monitor development interventions
• Conflict management using alternative dispute model and field visit to Kosovo
5 years’ experience in peace building and conflict management in Nigeria