PROFESSOR BARTH NNAJI
Chairman, Board of Trustees & Advisory Board

Professor Bart O. Nnaji is the Founder of Bart Nnaji Foundation (BNF), and the Chairman/CEO of Geometric Power Limited, the first indigenously owned private sector power company in Nigeria. Geometric Power develops and invests in power plants, sub stations, electricity distribution infrastructure as well as gas pipelines.

Prof Nnaji was a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst , an Alcoa Foundation Professor of Engineering at University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , the William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Engineering at University of Pittsburgh where he also spearheaded the creation of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for e-Design as a multi-campus NSF Center of Excellence in the United States of America and served as its first Director.

He has served Nigeria honourably in various capacities including as the Minister of Power, where he developed and initiated the implementation of the Roadmap for power reform in Nigeria. He also served as the Special Adviser to the President on Power, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP), and as Federal Minister of Science and Technology of Nigeria. He also served as a member of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Merit Board and member of the National Energy Council (the apex decision making body on energy) in Nigeria.

Prof Bart Nnaji has empowered hundreds of indigent people since 1990, through the education scholarship and community development program of Professor Bart Nnaji Foundation, (BNF). BNF and DDF are collaborating on community development programs.

AGATHA NNAJI
Founder & Head of Dewdrop Centre

Agatha Nnaji serves as the Executive Director of Dewdrop Foundation, www.dewdropfoundation.org, a non-governmental organization (NGO) which she established in 2002 as an Ashoka Fellow to develop sustainable Community Development programs and empowerment of women, youths and vulnerable people through advocacy, skills development and enlightenment programs at grassroots levels.

 

Agatha Nnaji has a first degree in Business Administration, and a Masters’ Degree in Tourism Administration from George Washington University (GWU), USA. She has over 29 years top management industry and grassroot development experience. 

 

As Executive Director of Dewdrop Foundation, Agatha has initiated and led the implementation of gender equality and youths’ empowerment especially in poor and vulnerable communities in the South East region of Nigeria. She understands the impact of economic empowerment as a tool for building victims’ self-confidence and independence hence the Foundation’s work includes awareness programs and advocacy against sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse against women and young girls, especially those rural communities who are forced or tricked into child labour, trafficking and other forms of modern day slavery that are sadly common globally. She actively seeks innovative solutions that will increase social support, benefits and generally make life better for the vulnerable members of the community who suffer from violence, abuse and discrimination amongst others.

 

She also serves on the Board of other successful organizations such as Dewdrop Institute, a City & Guilds UK accredited Training Institute which she uses to empower vulnerable Caregivers and Domestic Servants through globally recognized certification programs. She also serves on the Board of the Geometric Power Group, Prof Bart Nnaji Foundation (BNF), BON Hotel Abuja, an upscale Hotel under management of BON Hotel Management Group of South Africa. As a seasoned hospitality and leisure specialist, Agatha served as a pioneer Executive Management staff of the Sheraton Hotel Group in Nigeria in late 1980s, where she played the leading role in defining service delivery standards for the hospitality sector in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria and contributed to Nigeria’s Tourism Masterplan. Her subsequent experience cuts across hotel properties in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States of America.  She a seasoned, accredited trainer for FORUM Inc, USA and the “Starwood” Hospitality Group. 

 

Agatha is a focused, creative initiator and team leader with strong negotiating skills and the ability to operate in a multi-task environment.  A dynamic human resource developer with excellent organizational ability, versatile communication and IT skills. She has an outgoing, cultured, warm & friendly personality, with a level headed approach to problem solving. A widely traveled professional with several successful years of international corporate exposure in the hospitality industry. Agatha is a nature enthusiast. She enjoys gardening and has won several awards for her contributions to the community, the environment, and the tourism industry in Nigeria, including the prestigious Martin Luther King Community Service Award from the US Embassy (USAID office) in 1996.

REGINA AMADI-NJOKU
Board Member
Ms. Amadi-Njoku is the Founder of Other Half Empowerment Initiative (OH), a Nigerian NGO that
addresses the interplay of culture and gender on development, with special focus on men and women
access to equitable participation and leadership in development.
 
She is a development specialist, thought leader, trainer, speaker, mentor and author. She served as an Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Africa at the International Labour Organization (ILO) with the rank of the United Nations Assistant Secretary General. She worked as a Project Coordinator at the World Bank; and acted as Regional Programme Director of West Africa for the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM), now UN Women. She also worked in the public service of her country, Nigeria.
 
Ms. Regina Amadi–Njoku is a strong advocate of gender partnership and parity; and of rights-based, culture and gender-responsive development. She ardently contributes to the development efforts of Nigeria, Africa and beyond with over thirty-five years expertise and experience acquired in high-level positions in international development institutions such as the World Bank, the United Nations, academia, government and private sector organizations. 
 
Her primary fields of knowledge and proficiency include; international development management,
African economic and social development, job creation and employment policy management, and cross-cultural and gender dimensions of development. 
 
She has lectured at universities in the US, and has written extensively on development issues. She recently co-authored a book on Culture, Gender and African Women Leadership. She is fluent in English and French, serves on the boards of several institutions, and is a recipient of honors and awards.
REV FR. G. NZAMUJO
Board Member

A Nigerian-born American Dominican Catholic Priest and University Professor of high repute, with doctorate degrees in electronics, microbiology, and development science.  

 

Founder of the renowned Songhai Centre, Porto Novo, Benin Republic, an innovative and integrated agro-based interventionist institution, headquartered in Port Novo, Benin Republic and in 15 African countries.  Songhai was recognized as a Regional Centre of Excellence for Africa by the United Nations in 2008. 

Fr. Nzamujo was meritoriously accorded the rank of “Grand Officer of the Order of Benin Republic” in 2013.

MRS BERNADETTE O. CHUKWUEKE
Board Member

A highly experienced Finance and Accounting expert. Serves as Executive Director, Protea Hotel Abuja and Executive Director Finance & Accounts for Cachez Turnkey Projects Ltd, Abuja, a highly reputable indigenous company that specializes in the turnkey development of luxury homes, estates, and hotels, which offer iconic designs of utmost quality. 

 

Cachez Group has been at the fore front of the Nigerian Luxury real estate market, and hotel properties particularly in Abuja for more than a decade, bringing luxury living experience and top quality hospitality services to its teaming clients. 

 

Over the years, Cachez Group has grown to include property management, project management, facility management and consultancy services on property development, investment and best use of real estate property to its portfolio.

JESSE WAMUO
Board Member

Mrs. Jessie Wamuo is a highly experienced London-based Community Health Professional Specialist in Health and Social Care within District Nursing and Health Visiting. She has special interest in Teaching, and has over 28 years of teaching experience in the UK as a lecturer/practice educator in the sector. She graduated as a Lecturer/practice Educator at Surrey University, Guildford and South Bank University, London in the 1980s. She is currently the company Director of Omeronye Ltd., in London with focus on Health Promotion in the community.

DR (MRS) OGUGUA OSITA-OGBU
Board Member

A US trained Consultant. Physician/Geriatrician, currently serving as the Acting Director of Clinical Services at the National Hospital Abuja. She is also a medical expert in stroke.

MRS UZO UZOEGHE
Board Member

A highly successful entrepreneur and Managing Director, Image Brokers, Abuja. A well sought-after Consultant in risk management and insurance, with vast local and international experience in the industry

MRS. CHICI ANIAGOLU-OKOYE
Board Member

Former Country Director at Girl Effect Nigeria – ‎Girl Hub.  A multiple award-winning Development Sociologist with over 21 years’ experience in building Civil Society Organizations’ (CSOs) capacity, training, good governance, budget reform, migration, networking, HIV/AIDS, project design and management, monitoring and evaluation, public policy and gender mainstreaming. Former, Director, Canadian International Development Agency Program Support Unit in Nigeria. Former Deputy Program Director of the Supporting to Reforming Institutions Program (SRIP) a 57million Euros European Union Project, which supports actions for improved governance and poverty reduction in six states in Nigeria through budget reform and accountability. Also, former Country Director for Ashoka Innovators for the Public’s Representative for West Africa. Was also a Consultant to UNIFEM, European Union, Action Aid, the Canadian International Development Agency.

(CIDA), UNIFEM, UNESCO amongst others.  Also, a former lecturer at the University of Limerick in Ireland, and the University College Cork. 

MRS. ODI LAGI
Board Member

A champion of Human Rights, with a Master of Arts degree in Human Rights. She serves as the Senior Program Officer for NULAI-Nigeria, Secretary-Global Alliance for Justice Education Steering Committee, Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) Human Rights Fellow and an Equitas Alumni.

MR ALPHONSUS ALHASSAN
Board Member

Owner and Managing Partner of Superior Options Limited.
A dedicated professional and veteran in hospitality management, with expertise in management, marketing, sales and customer service training and development. Renowned for his high values, staunch integrity, being detail oriented and firm commitment to high service delivery standards.

A certified Sales & Marketing Trainer of the Starwood USA Hotel Group, owners of Sheraton Hotel Abuja. Currently organizes a Marketing Academy that aims at bridging classroom theory with on the job professional practice of marketing and customer service delivery. His company also recruits, trains and sets up operational systems and standards for companies. To date they have set up, trained and consulted for over 50 companies in Nigeria and still counting.

He served as Director of Sales & Marketing, Abuja Sheraton Hotel & Towers; Deputy General Manager, Genesis Foods Nigeria Limited (in charge of Hotels, Catering, Business Development); Chief Operating Officer, Doxa Digital Nigeria Limited.

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