Who are our resource persons

Dr. Ifeoma Sylvester-Monye

She pioneered the establishment of the department of Family Medicine in 2003, a department which now ranks as the premier department in the hospital. Dr Monye was for ten and half years, the Head of the Department (January 2003 – July 2013). In 2014, she founded the Brookfield Centre for Lifestyle Medicine. Her career focus is on preventing, treating and reversing the course of chronic diseases, using conventional medicine and lifestyle changes. Following her graduation from the College of Medicine, University of Benin, in 1987, and the compulsory National Youth Service Programme, she travelled to the United Kingdom for Post-graduate training in Pediatrics and Child Health. She thereafter did her residency in Family Medicine in the United Kingdom. Dr Monye is a diplomat of Pediatrics and Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology, from the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child health and Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology respectively. She is a member of the Society for Family Physicians of Nigeria,a member of the Lifestyle Medicine Association of Nigeria, a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, a member of the European Society of Lifestyle Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, United Kingdom. Dr Monye is currently involved in several multinational researches in Primary Healthcare, Lifestyle Medicine, either as the Principal Investigator, the Team Leader, Site Coordinator or Co-investigator. She is a regular resource person at the Post-graduate Scientific Conferences in Nigeria, contributes to health journals, the health editor in The Gleaner newspaper, where she writes the column on Lifestyle Medicine. Dr Monye is an alumnus of the prestigious SAID Business School, University of Oxford. She is a certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner and received her training at the Harvard Institute of Lifestyle Medicine, Boston, USA. She is a trained Counsellor. She was recently appointed a Global Ambassador for Lifestyle Medicine by the European Society for Lifestyle Medicine (ESLM).

Mr Joshua Gbolahan

He oversees Performance Management and Investor relations. He has put in years of service with extensive experience covering the following areas in the banking industry across Tier 1 and 2 banks: Finance,Performance Management, Cost Management, Balance Sheet Optimization, Strategy, Business Transformation, Business Innovation, Process Improvement and Mergers & Acquisitions. He has proven capabilities to significantly improve stakeholders’ value by using his skills and experience to lead teams which deploy Management Information Systems and provide insightful macro-economic and industry research to improve profits, enhance the productivity of business units, drive and improve the efficiency of support groups and create a merit driven culture in the organization where decisions are based on facts/data. His previous work experience spans Financial Assurance Consulting, a leading investment bank and financial institution focused on Nigeria and Africa, he has also held senior level positions in the banking industry. He has won various awards in the institutions he previously worked with. These awards include the following: State of the Year, 2nd Prize (Best Ideas competition) and Best Graduating State (banking training school). Gbolahan has undergraduate and professional qualifications in Accountancy.

Ms Alache Ode, OBE

She has held various public and private positions mostly in international development and the media. Prior to her return to Nigeria, she had worked in about 35 countries mainly working for poor and disadvantaged communities. Alache was brought back from the UK as Technical Adviser on project Monitoring and Evaluation for the federal government where she helped establish the National Monitoring and Evaluation office in the National Planning Commission (NPC). She holds the honour of the Officer of the British Empire, OBE, mostly because of her work in about 35 countries which was voluntary.

Professor Eric Eboh

He is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He leads a network of over 100 researchers and economists undertaking studies to inform and influence effective policies in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. For the IRP, Dr Eboh participates in the Working Groups on Water and Land & Soil. Prof. Eboh’s main research interests are resource and environmental economics, agriculture policy, and the social and institutional dimensions of rural development. He is the President of the Nigerian Agricultural Policy Network, an independent think-tank on economic policy. He is also an Executive Board member of the African Society for Ecological Economics, and scientific leader of the initiative, Business Environment and Competitiveness Across Nigerian States. Prof. Eboh has carried out research and assessment studies relating to resource pressures and sustainable agriculture within several networks, including the International Foundation for Science and the African Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nigeria.

Dr. Zakari Lawal

Dr.Lawal holds BSc General Agriculture, MSc Agricultural Economics and a PhD Agricultural Economics and an Advanced Diploma in Law, a Certificate in Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation from Wageningen University, the Netherlands and alumni of Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he obtained a Certificate on Driving Performance in Government. His professional working experiences span over 20 years as a Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank Assisted Projects in Nigeria before joining the National Planning Commission.

Professor Sylvester Monye MFR

He also holds a Ph.D in International Business from the University of Strath clyde, Glasgow, UK (1989). An experienced technocrat, he has held a number of Strategic positions in government, including Executive Secretary, National Planning Commission; Director of International Economic Relations, Federal Ministry of Finance; Member, National Economic Management Team; and other national management committees. He was President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Performance Monitoring and Evaluation and Head of the Presidential Delivery Unit in the State House. He is currently the Chief Performance Adviser to the Governor of Delta State.

Engr. Chidi K.C. Izuwah

Chidi started his career as a lecturer at the University of Port Harcourt. Thereafter, he held several senior oil & gas asset management positions in a career spanning over 21 years with SPDC (Shell Nigeria). He was at various times Project Manager and Contract Manager
for the Deepwater Bonga Mooring and Installation Contract. Chidi also held the position of Corporate Pipelines Asset Manager responsible for Shell ‘s entire crude oil evacuation network in Nigeria. The ED-P3RC is responsible for catalysing Public and Private expertise and resources towards concluding the development phase of Federal PPP Projects, while ensuring that these projects are bankable and
yield Value-for-Money for Nigerians. The P3RC has within it a Knowledge Centre and PPP Project Delivery Units.

Engr Emeka Ezeh, OFR

Engr. Emeka Muomah Ezeh, holds the record of leading the institutionalisation of the Public Procurement reform through leading roles in the creation and in heading the structure responsible for the growth and sustenance of the reform, which is the BPP. This achievement has led to increased internalisation of the public procurement process, the attendant rise in the adoption of methods in the expenditure procedure and a more focused budget implementation course. In demonstrating his commitment to the preservation of his integrity and the improvement in the nation’s public service standards, Engr. Ezeh has not just stepped on toes but has incurred the wrath of vested interests, while losing a good number of friends. As a stickler for principles, purist and one who subscribes to high moral and religious values, he has crossed the paths of many, but remains justified that he is doing the right thing, no matter whose ox is gored. Engr. Ezeh has thus far saved the Federal government over 2.2 billion dollars from the Bureau’s reviews of public contracts due for award by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) since 2009, through the institutionalization of a painstaking process of vetting and approval of contracts due for award.

Chief Bayo Awosemusi

Chief Bayo Awosemusi, a Diplomat and a Civil Engineer hails from Agbado-Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area of Ekiti State. He had worked in various capacities in both the Private and Public Sector in Nigeria before joining the World Bank in 1994. Chief Awosemusi led the first comprehensive Country Procurement Assessment Review (CPAR) in 1999- 2000. The assessment produced a report around which the current Nigeria Procurement Reform Agenda was generally based. Since then, Chief Awosemusi has been spearheading and leading the World Bank dialogue with the Federal Government and 36 federating States in procurement related matters along with performing the fiduciary responsibility for all Banks’ supported projects in Nigeria. He worked closely with the Presidency and the National Assembly for the development and passage of the first Nigeria Public Procurement Act in 2007. This Initiative has yielded substantial dividends as the Government of Nigeria has made huge savings (billions of dollars) following the due process system he recommended which has been implemented by Government since year 2002. Chief Awosemusi operates with high standards of integrity and upholds the World Bank’s values and principles. Due to excellent performance, he has since risen through the ranks from Procurement Analyst in 1994 to the position of a Lead procurement Specialist in 2007 and Sector Leader, Core Operation Support Sector of the World Bank in 2011. Chief Bayo Awosemusi is the first African Staff to be promoted to the position of Lead Procurement Specialist in the history of the World Bank. He has built a strong procurement team within the Bank and in the Public Sector in Nigeria and other West African Countries.

Wahab Olatoye Esq.

Wahab Olatoye, Esq. holds Bachelor of Science Degree (B. Sc) (Hons) in Political Science (1987) University of Ilorin, Master of Science Degree (M.Sc) in International Relations (1990) Obafemi Awolowo University, Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) (2000) University of Ibadan and called to Nigerian Bar in the year 2003. A former parliamentarian as Majority Leader of Osun State House of Assembly 1992 – 1993. He also served as Special Adviser on Legal Matters to the
Senate President – Senator Ken Nnamani National Assembly-Senate, 2005 – 2007 and he has been the Managing Partner of Wahab Toye & Co. till date. He is a member of various International and Local Organisations: Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), President Procurement Professionals Association of Nigeria (PPA) and National Political Science Association. Currently he is the external solicitor to the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and he has handled over 20 cases on issues relating to Public Procurement Processes at High Court and Court of Appeal. Olatoye Wahab’s core practice areas include Litigation, Legal Drafting, Consultant on Procurement Law, Commercial and Maritime Practice with specialisation in Maritime Claims, Marine Insurance, Sale and Buying of Vessels, Arrest and Release of Vessels, Charter Parties e.t.c.

Ms Serah Zainab Makka

She has worked with various government agencies and non-profit organisations in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and the United States on strategy and evaluation. In Nigeria, she worked as the Policy and Innovation Fund Manager with EFInA, a Financial sector development organisation focused on making the Financial sector work better for the poor. EFInA is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the UK Department for International Development. She was also the Policy and Partnerships Manager at the Tony Elumelu Foundation where she worked with Tony Blair, Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) and the Office of the Presidency in Nigeria on performance and evaluation. She is passionate about social impact i.e. translating the efforts of the government and social sector into tangible results. Serah holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and graduated summa cum laude from her first degree in Economics and International Studies from the University of North Florida.

Paschal Egwim, FelPS

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and a postgraduate professional Diploma (MCIPS) and a Fellowship (FCIPS) from the premier Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply Management, UK. He was until 2008, the Regional Logistics Manager for Shell Petroleum Development Company in Africa and held several senior Leadership positions in Logistics, Contracting, Procurement and Supply Chain Management in Shell Petroleum Group both locally in Nigeria and overseas in the Netherlands. Functioned as Lead Procurement Consultant for the Government of at the Bureau of Public Procurement under the World Bank Economic Reform and Governance Project from 2009 to August 2014. Currently the Managing Partner and Lead SCM Consultant at Amaryllis Consulting Nigeria Limited. Always seeking opportunities to apply his knowledge of Logistics and Supply Chain Excellence and to support major and emerging players in the Logistics and Supply Chain Management community to transfer knowledge to the younger generation of Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain professionals through Coaching and Mentoring.