BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elder Kalu is an Executive Director of SKOUP & Company Ltd., a renoun firm of management, business and economic consultants. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accountancy and Economics from King’s College, University of Durham, UK in 1962 and 1963 respectively. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales; Associate member; Nigerian Institute of Management; and member; Nigerian Economic Society.
He lectured at the Professional Law School of Eastern Nigeriasnd also at the Department of Accountancy, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also served the government in various other capacities as an Auditor in the defunct Eastern Nigerian Development Corporation, member; Committee on the establishment of a State Trading Agency (1970), member; Committee on Re-organization of East Central State Marketing Board (1972), member; committee on the Review of the Machinery of the Board of Internal Revenue (ECS 1974). He was also Chairman, Public Accounts Committee (ECS 1975), member; Post Graduate Scholarship Advisory Board, Federal Ministry of Education and as a member; Economic Consultative Council, old Imo State. Elder Kalu served as Director of African Continental BankLtd, 1976 – 1979 and subsequently Magnum Trust Bank Ltd, 1992 – 1996. He went on to become the Chairman of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc. where he served for 8 years.
Elder Kalu is a ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. He was conferred with the award of the Commander of the Order of Nigeria (CON) in December 2002 for his services to the Banking Industry and to the community. He also has an Honourary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nigeria
Mrs Nwanneka Okolo (Executive Director)
Nwanneka Cecilia Okolo obtained her law degree from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in 1980. She started her career in the banking sector as a legal officer with the First bank of Nigeria Plc and in 1983 proceeded to the United Kingdom where she obtained an MBA from Strathclyde Business School.
On return to the country, she taught Law briefly at the then Anambra State University of Science and Technology (now Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka) before rejoining First Bank in 1987 to continue her career as a lawyer cum banker. She rose over time to the ranks of Regional Legal Manager, Regional Staff Manager, Group Head, Retail Banking, Area Manager, Enugu, Business Development Manager and Group Head Public Sector, Enugu.
In the course of her banking career, Nwanneka led the pioneering team on marketing and customer centricity in the South East geo-political zone of Nigeria. She served in various Committees in First Bank, namely; Disciplinary Committee, Administration Committee, Assets Disposal Committee, Promotions Committee and Information Security Forum. She won awards for outstanding performance and received several commendation letters from the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank.
Nwanneka has attended several local and international courses/workshops organized by institutions such as, Harvard Business School; Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania; International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland; Lagos Business School; Stanford Business School and London Business School.
She recently founded Lift Saxum Ltd/Gte, whose mission is to transform the lives of women and youth in Nigeria by promoting entrepreneurship through training, technical assistance and support for start-ups. Her zeal for human development has earned her appointments to the Board of some educational and charitable concerns. She served variously as a mentor, trainer and counselor at the work place and elsewhere. She has also received awards for community service from diverse institutions and organizations.
Nwanneka belongs to the following Professional Bodies: the Nigerian Bar association (NBA) International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) and Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. She is married with children.
Professor Dr. Monsignor Obiora F. Ike was born in Gusau, Northern Nigeria on the 7th of April, 1956. He studied Philosophy, Theology, Political Science and Economics from 1975 to 1985 in Enugu, Innsbruck, Bonn and London respectively. Prof. Msgr. Ike was ordained a Catholic Priest in 1981 at Hohenems in Austria. He was Vicar General at the Enugu Diocese, Nigeria from 1998 – 2004. He speaks many languages fluently including German, French, English, Igbo and Hausa.
Prof. Msgr. Ike’s early career as an academician stated in 1980 when he taught Professional Ethics, Religion and Philosophy at Cologne, Germany. He came back to Enugu in 1986 and founded the highly esteemed Catholic Institute for Development Justice and Peace, (CIDJAP). His work as a Theologian, Spiritual leader and Academician gained momentum. He was chairman and professor of Catholic Social Teaching, History and African Studies in linkage with the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Visiting Professor to the TheologischeFakulteit, Tilburg, Netherlands (1993) and Guest Professor to the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/M (1997). He is a member of the International Advisory Board, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and member of the Governing Board of Trustees, Godfrey Okoye University of Science and Technology. Prof. Msgr. Ike is board member and director of over 15 international organizations including Nigerianish-Deutsche KontakteKoeln; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Nigeria Caritas Council; New York Academy of Sciences; International Prisons Chaplains Association and the list goes on.
Prof. Msgr. Ike is the established Author of 67 published books which include “WendedeinGesicht der SonneZu” (Pattloch, 2007); Globalisation and African Self Determination – What is our future? (Enugu, 2005); “Understanding Africa”, co-authored with Ndidi Nnoli Edozien (2001). Recipient of many awards, he was nominated in 2009 as Synod Father by Pope Benedict at the Africa Synod in Rome. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International in Munich, 2004.
Chief Loretta Aniagolu has over two decades of practical experience in project and development consulting, banking and finance in West Africa and the United States of America. She specializes in Manufacturing Project Advisory Services, Mining Development, Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Finance, Funds Intermediation, Microfinance Development and Management, Community and Rural Development, SME and Export Trade Development, Privatization and Restructuring of Public & Private Enterprises and Training & Human Resources Development.
Chief Aniagolu has a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Jos, Nigeria and MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA. She started her career as a Financial Analyst and Assistant Editor in Nigeria in 1982. In 1985, she joined CIT Financial Services in Edison, New Jersey, USA as Financial Services Representative and in 1996 served as Economic Adviser and Coordinator for Economic Development in Enugu State. She is the Managing Partner for FIT Consult Limited and Chief Executive Officer; LOC Metals and Minerals Ltd. She currently runs a 1,200 metric ton/month Lead Ore Smelting Facility.
Chief Loretta Aniagolu is a member; Advisory Board of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Development Research, University of Nigeria Nsukka, member; Board of Solid Minerals Development Fund of Nigeria. She is also a member; Board of Trustees, Jos Business School as well as Patron; Enugu Sports Club, Enugu, Nigeria
Prof. Chidiebere R. Onyia is the founding partner/Chairman of OrgLearning Consult Nigeria and TOL Consult USA. He is the Managing Partner of the Centre for Education Reform and Sustainability Initiative (CERSI) and Berkley International Magnet Group of Schools, Nigeria. He has extensive experience in human capital development, institutional advancement strategies, and project development, implementation and evaluation. Prof. Onyia has served as a K12 educator, administrator, and district grants coordinator/director in Lynwood California. Until recently, he was the project director and internal evaluator for the US Department of Education, Teacher Incentive project, Teach American History Grant, the California Department of Education Quality Investment Education Act and CDE Math and Science Partnership.
Prof. ChidiebereOnyia is an adjunct professor in the Teacher Education Division of the California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), Graduate Education Department of National University, Costa Mesa, California and a visiting professor at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Faculty of Education. He served as a member of the 8-man action group by the Center for Compensation Reform (CECR) to suggest strategies for maximizing the US Department of Education Compensation Project. He is also a visiting scholar at the renowned Peabody College Leadership, Policy and Organization School at Vanderbilt University, Nashville Tennessee USA.
Prof. ChidiebereOnyia is the founding president of the California Association of Nigerian Educators and an ordained Minister. He has been mentioned as an outstanding educator in the Argosy University News Journal and the New York Times November, 2005 publication on education. In 2008, the City of Lynwood California honoured him with the ‘Humanitarian Award’ in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the educational development of teachers and principals in the district. He was honoured in 2009 by the “Cambridge Who Is Who” for his outstanding contribution to global education. In 2012, Prof Onyia was honoured by the 48th Assembly District and California Senator Curren D. Price Jr. of the 26th Senate District with the California Congressional Award for Leadership and Education Advancement Globally.
Prof. Chidiebere Onyia is an author and has published in peer reviewed journals. His book on leadership thinking was presented in April, 2011.
Prof. Joy Ezeilo
Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, OON [Ph.D. (Nig.), LLM (London), LL.B. (Nig.), BL, Diploma Peace & Conflict Resolution (Uppsala)]
Research Professor at Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS).
Lecturer, Department of Public and Private Law, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus,
Executive Director, Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL)/Managers of TAMAR Sexual Assault Referral Center- a joint Initiative of Enugu State Government, Police, DFID/Justice for All (J4A) and WACOL.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children (August 1, 2008 to July 31st 2014).
Link to: United Nations TV Documentary on trafficking focusing on my work on human trafficking http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE_mSntYm8M
Member, Board of Trustees, UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking – 2013 to 2016([http://]www.unodc.org/humantraffickingfund );
Also: Member, Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA)
MRS PATRICIA EGBUNNA
Nkadi Onyegegbu is at present, Professor in the Science Education Department, 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 fifteen books, contributed chapters in many books and has published avalanche of academic articles in renowned national and international journals.
She has also for over fifteen years successfully organized and co-coordinated seminars, workshops, international and national conferences and training programs. Her professional activities can be measured by her membership in ten professional societies and associations.
She is also a Director in Global Health Awareness Research Foundation), Lift Saxum, and Women Leadership Institute International (WLI). 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, UNDP, UKAID, DFID, UBE, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria and MDG, NYSC and National Reproductive Health, HIV & AIDs. As an academic and active researcher, she has globally traveled to the USA, Germany, UK, France, 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 part time National Consultant for UNICEF on WASH, Wins4Girls MHM research Project. A member of Mannion Daniels, AmplifyChange, UK Technical Review Panel
CHIEF MRS VIRGINIA ANOHU
PROF. MRS NKAA ONYEGEGBU