Dr Hussaini Abdu is a scholar and development expert with over 24 years of programming and strong international leadership experience, Currently the Country Director of Plan International in Nigeria. had earlier served as the Country Director of ActionAid International.
His qualifications include:
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Economy at Bayero University, Kano.
Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Political Economy and Debt Studies at University of Jos.
Mrs. Uwais is a respected lawyer with over 30 years experience, including serving as principal partner at Wali Uwais & Co, an Abuja-based law firm.
In 2016 Mrs Maryam Uwais, was appointed to by the president as his Special Adviser for Social Protection Plan.
Mrs Maryam Uwais obtained an LLB (Hons) in 1980 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1981. She obtained an LLM in 1985 and other qualifications relating to legal practice, drafting, international business finance and Islamic banking and insurance subsequently.
Maryam has been practicing law from the private Firm of Wali-Uwais & Co from the capital city of Abuja, Nigeria since 1998. She has been a member and has served on the Boards of several organizations and civil society groups, including the National Human Rights Commission (also serving as Special Rapporteur on Child Rights, thereat) and is currently a member of The African Union Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. She served on the Board of Directors, Leadership, Effectiveness Accountability & Professionalism (LEAP) Africa, a non-profit organization working with youth and which is committed to empowering, inspiring and equipping a new cadre of leaders in Nigeria and Africa.
She serves on the Boards of the Justice Research Institute, WISCAR (Women in Successful Careers) and also in advisory capacity at the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund Ltd by Gte. Maryam is also a Trustee of both the Coalition Against Tobacco and the Speakers Corner Trust. She is a Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative and served on its Advisory Board. Maryam has served in the past on the British Council Next Generation Task Force, was recently appointed National Nutrition Champion by the Ministry of Health, and as a DFID Gender Champion pursuant to the research compiled in the Gender Report, 2012.
Maryam also currently serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the Thisday newspaper, and also as an Independent Director on the Board of the Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc. Maryam founded the Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative in Dec 2009, a non-governmental organization that targets enhancing the conditions of women and children in the spheres of education, health and empowerment, in Kano State of Nigeria. The Kano State Government also appointed her onto its Almajiri Committee. She was recently awarded the National Honour of the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) in November, 2011by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Maryam has worked as a Consultant for Open Society Initiative for West Africa, UNICEF, the World
Maryam has worked as a Consultant for Open Society Initiative for West Africa, UNICEF, the World Bank and DFID, in projects relating to children & women’s rights, entrepreneurship, education and justice sector reform. Maryam is widely travelled and has published/delivered several papers relating to economic, social and cultural rights, constitutional and electoral reform, value-based leadership, children and women’s rights (synergising principles of Shari’a law with international human rights treaties), interfaith dialogue and Justice Sector Reform.
Dr Kole Shettima
Kole Shettima is the Director of the Foundation’s Africa Office in Abuja, Nigeria. One time lecturer at at the University of Maiduguri (Nigeria), the University of Toronto, and at Ohio University.
He was State Coordinator, and National Education Coordinator of Women in Nigeria; Coordinator of the Working Group on Nigeria, Toronto; and Co-chair of the Economic Justice Working Group of the Inter-Church Coalition on Africa, Toronto. Shettima is on the board of several organizations including the Center for Democracy and Development. He has published in several academic journals including Africa Development, Review of African Political Economy, African Studies Review and Journal of Asian and African Studies.
Dr Timiebi Koripamo-Agary
Dr Timiebi Koripamo-Agary, OON attended the famous Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls School, Elelenwa, Port Harcourt. She earned her B. Sc Second Class Upper from the University of Ibadan, in Animal Science in 1970; an M. Sc from the University of London in 1972, and another M. Sc in 1989 from Universite Libre Brussells, in Statistical and Epidemiological Methods with distinction in 1989. Before then she had earned her Doctorate in 1978 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In addition she acquired professional Certificate in Negotiation Dynamics, from INSEAD, FONTAINELEU CEDEX, FRANCE; Certificate in Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution, Faculty of Law and Management, La Trobe University, Sydney Australia; Certificate in Public Sector Reform, Public Administration International, London; Certificate in Public Sector Reform Aus/HS//HIS India Building Capacity, Australia, New Zealand and Certificate of attendance in Leaders in Development: Managing Political and Economic Change programme from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education, Boston, MA, USA.
Dr Timiebi A. Koripamo – Agary started her working career in the old Rivers State as a Divisional Agricultural Officer for Port Harcourt and rose through the ranks to the position of Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service in 2003 from where she retired in 2008. Dr. Agary’s work has enveloped a number of areas of which she has demonstrated hard work and commitment to excellence. She has and still works as a Consultant for both national and international organizations and is active in industrial relations practice in both the Public Service and Private Sectors of the economy.
Although Dr Koripamo-Agary, is retired from the Federal Civil Service, she is still very active in various programmes of government. She was a member of the Presidential Panel on Amnesty and Disarmament of Militants in the Niger Delta Region and was responsible for communication and liaison, both to the media, the militants and the communities. She has over the years received numerous awards and fellowships including the National Honours of the Officer of the Niger (OON) in 2006.