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Chioma (Ukwuagu) Adiele-Okpara
Chioma has sixteen (16) years postgraduate experience spanning core Program/Project leadership and management in Gender and Women’s Right, Youth and Social Inclusive Development Programs, as well as General Administrative and Operations functions in the International NGO, United Nations System in Nigeria, and the Private Sector.
She has extensive experience in facilitating network and partnership building between relevant state and non-state external actors. Also experienced in initiating and facilitating Knowledge & Information Management with local organisations to strengthen the effectiveness and implementation of programs and lessons learned in Women’s Rights work and youth development. Over the years, she has acquired skills in researching information, making assessments and analyses of government policies and frameworks as related to women and youth empowerment. She has excellent competencies in intercultural negotiations and coordination of complex multi-country/multi-year and interdisciplinary projects, with vast experience in Ghana, Gambia, Malawi, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
She has a Masters degrees in Management of Development from the International Training Institute of the ILO/University of Turin, Italy, Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Post Graduate Diploma in Gender Studies, University of Abuja and first degree in English language from the University of Nigeria Nsukka- UNN. She has attended several self-development and leadership courses in Asia, Africa, Europe, and America.
Chioma is currently coordinating the overall program quality of the organisation including activity development and operational engagement.
Ijeoma is the Director of Operations at WAGARC. She is a motivator and service provider to humanity who is dedicated and compassionate in aiding and fostering youth development with a special interest in the female gender.
Experienced Youth Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. She is skilled in Public Speaking, Project Management, Human Resource Management, Environmental Advocacy, and Community Development. Strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) focused in Biochemistry from the University of Port Harcourt.
Over the years, she has volunteered with Oxfam and Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) as a youth advocate shedding more light on issues affecting the Nigerian youth on all levels from the grass-root to the top. You can expect new and effective ways of working from this idea bank
Edward is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (B.Sc Accounting). He is an energetic and ambitious person who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task undertaken or situation presented with.
He is the Finance Officer at WAGARC which means he is responsible for entering financial information and maintaining all financial records for projects and for the organization.
He is passionate about seeing young people take on leadership roles in addressing the most urgent issues facing the world and having a unique understanding of the challenges facing young people and how to best mobilize, engage and motivate youth to lead change in their communities.
Oluwafunmito is an Information Technology support specialist with years of experience in the Non-Profit and Non-Governmental Organization management sector. He is passionate about young people and his work over the past 4 years has focused on how young people can leverage the power of technology for self-reliance.
Oluwafunmito holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Physics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Oluwafunmito is currently the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at WAGARC, where he leads the day to day management of data and ensures quality program implementation and output.
Kelechi Nwogu is a Marketing communication professional with 10 years of experience within the profit and nonprofit sector.
Over the last 6years, she has worked on various projects covering Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Ending Violence against Women and Girls in Child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Hygiene Promotion in schools.
She has worked both as a Master trainer in WASH and a driver of advocacies in local communities on Ending Violence Among Women and Girls to help protect the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls by campaigning against child marriage in northeastern Nigeria and FGM in the Niger Delta.