Our People

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Ahmed Alaga
Programme Coordinator
E-Learning & Research

Ahmed Alaga is a programme coordinator in the Programmes Department at LEAP Africa.He is principally responsible for ensuring the successful development and launch of LEAP e-learning courses.

Prior to LEAP Africa, he has six year experience in social development sector. Ahmed worked at ENACTUS as a senior programme staff, a global non-profit and community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.

He holds a B.Ed. Tech. in Industrial Technology Education from the University of Technology Minna and a National Certificate of Education in Education Technology from Kaduna Polytechnic.

 
 

Esther Alidu
Social Media Officer
Communications and External Affairs

Esther Alidu is responsible for leading LEAP Africa's social media activities and creating publicity for programmes. She also manages the daily operations of the information desk, maintains database and designs LEAP's e-newsletters.

Prior to joining LEAP Africa, she was involved in organising the maiden edition of the Women in Journalism Conference (Wij2014). She has had work experiences in Media and Journalism at TVC News and Radio Continental RoyalFm, (Ilorin) as presenter, assistant news editor, online writer, voice over artist for various radio jingles.

Esther holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass communication (Broadcasting) from Babcock University. She also has an Academy Diploma in TV Presenter (Masterclass) from the London Academy of Media Film And Television.

 

 

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Adeyemi Asaba
Marketing & Administering Officer

Adeyemi Asaba serves as the marketing & administrative officer at LEAP Africa. He is responsible for identifying and implementing strategies to maximize monthly/annual operational target of LEAP research materials and providing visibility for LEAP at Youth/SME events in Nigeria.

Adeyemi is a graduate of Mass Communication from Lagos State Polytechnic and has a certificate from Commonwealth of Learning programme in in Embracing Commonwealth Values, 2012.

He is best described as a community reformer with passion for social change.

 
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Asuquo Asuquo
Programme Coordinator

Asuquo is a programme coordinator at LEAP Africa. He has more than five years experience in youth development, social change management and life skills development. He manages LEAP’s Social Innovators Programme and coordinates the implementation of community development programmes and social change interventions for youth across Nigeria.

As a Creating Shared Value practitioner, Asuquo believes businesses and community can coexist and develop a symbiotic relationship with a win-win scenario for all stakeholders.
Asuquo holds an MBA with specialization on Corporate Strategy and Economic Policy from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands.

He is a certified Project Cycle Manager, and Training for Impact practitioner, as well as a professional member of The Project Management Institute.

 

 
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Pogramme Coordinator
Communications and External Affairs

Kehinde Ayeni is the programme coordinator, Communications and External Affairs and responsible for all external communications at LEAP Africa and has served in various capacities within the organization.

In her role, she is responsible for all internal and external communications - she develops and oversees the creation of print and online publications, serves as the media liaison personnel and coordinates activities of the organizations online media platforms.  Kehinde has undergone diverse training in creative writing including the Advanced Writing Skills Programme in School of Media and Communication, Pan African University and holds a first degree in Geography and Education from the University of Ilorin.

 
 

Chinenye Etoniru
Programme Officer

 

 
 
 

Amaris Ifedi
Programme Coordinator

Amaris Ifedi currently works as a Programme Coordinator in Business, Special and Public Sector Programmes Unit and coordinates its Business Leadership Programme and Youth Development Training Programme.


Prior assuming her current role, Amaris co-managed the Learning and Development programmes and initiatives at the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in New York. She has experience in education and training, and has served as volunteer, mentor and English instructor in the U.S, South Africa and Ghana.


She is a graduate from Teachers College, Columbia University where she studied International Educational Development and focused on educational policy and planning in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio University. During her undergraduate and post-graduate studies, she held various leadership positions including Vice President of the African Studies Working Group (ASWG), International Students Union Representative, and Vice President and Historian of Ohio University's Education Association for 3 years.


Amaris is committed to public service and passionate about youth, education, social change and human development.

   
 

Olanrewaju Oke
Programme Officer

Olanrewaju Oke is responsible for identifying and engaging sponsors and partners to support LEAP programmes and initiatives. He also ensures the successful planning, implementation and managing programmes and special projects.

He started his career as a Business Development Manager with Kalhari Limited. Olanrewaju has served as a volunteer facilitator with various organisations including FifthGear Consulting for Lagos Empowerment and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) - a pet project of the former First-lady of Lagos state, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola; and Women Technology Empowerment Center (WTEC) summer camp.

Olanrewaju holds a B. Agric. in Crop Protection from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State. He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a student member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPMN).

   
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Ndifreke Okwuegbunam
Programme Manager

Ndifreke Okwuegbunam is programme manager of LEAP Africa. Prior to her current role, she served as the executive director at United Way, Nigeria and worked with FATE Foundation in different capacities where she worked with over 1000 volunteer, organized and managed internal and external training programmes, recruitment, designed and developed programmes/training curriculum as well as monitoring and evaluation. She was also involved in the management of the Business mentoring programme at FATE.

She has also worked with Communications Direct Ltd, UK, (the customer service division of 3G Hutchinson Plc.) as a Human Resources officer, Sales and Customer service advisor as well as the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority Abuja – a federal government parastatal as regulatory advisor working with companies in the oil and gas sector.

She holds a B.SC in Applied Chemistry from the University of Uyo. With a wealth of professional experience garnered over eight years across different industries including communications, public sector, and nonprofit; her areas of specialization are honed in not for profit management, relationship management, advisory services and community development.

Ndifreke is passionate about creating sustainable solutions on development issues and working with people who are underserved; as part of her personal activities, she serves as a volunteer with the Nigerian Red Cross Orphanage, Yaba, and with Freedom Foundation Genesis House, a rehabilitation home for destitute young women.

   
 
Iyadunni Olubode
Executive Director

Iyadunni Olubode is the Executive Director of LEAP Africa Ltd./Gte. She has two economics degrees; a B.Sc. from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and M.Sc. in Energy Economics and Policy from the University of Surrey, UK.

Iyadunni started her career in the treasury department of Intercontinental Bank Plc and subsequently moved into management consulting. She comes to LEAP with specialised skills in strategy development and execution, talent management, project management and business development. During her career at Accenture, she was involved in reorganising enterprises, developing strategies and managing talent for leading public and private sector organisations. She has also worked as an independent development consultant on a number of public sector initiatives.

Iyadunni is passionate about socio-economic development and has a deep commitment to developing people and enabling them to reach their full potential.

 

 
   
   
 
   
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Eme Essien Lore
Senior Associate Director
Rockefeller Foundation, Kenya

 

 

Una O. Osili, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Director of Research
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

 

 

Mr. Euclid Walker
Managing Partner
Parkway Investment Management
USA