Momodu Kassim-Momodu, The Chairman, was a Senior Lecturer Department of Jurisprudence and International Law, University of Lagos, Lagos-Nigeria until 1987 when he was head-hunted by Gulf Oil Company Nigeria Limited (now Chevron Nigeria Limited). He worked for the company in Nigeria, The United States of America, and the United Kingdom for twenty years before re-joining the law firm he established in 1984 when he was still with the University of Lagos.
From March 1981 to September 1983 he served as a Special Assistant on Legal Matters to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (on secondment from University of Lagos) and was during that time the Secretary of the Legal Advisory Committee in the Office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He was the National Chairperson and Chairman Board of Trustees, Amnesty International, Nigerian Section (1991–1994), and member of Amnesty International Secretariat’s Section Development Committee from 1992-1995. He served as a member of the Presidential Visitation Panel to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria from February to March 2011. He is a member of Rotary International and was the Chairperson of Rotary Club of Canary Wharf, London from 2014-2015. He is the current Chairman of the Foundation Committee Rotary Club of Canary Wharf London. He is a co-founder and Trustee of Mofeus Foundation. He is a member of Britain-Nigeria Education Trust, London, and Life Member Nigeria-Britain Association.
He has published articles and book chapters in Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Switzerland on topics in Oil and Gas Law, Public International Law, Extradition, Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Arbitration, Land Use, Technology Development and Transfer of Technology, Human Resources Management, and the Electoral Process in Nigeria.
Ekaete Judith Umoh, Vice-Chairperson holds a Masters Degree in Social Works and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. She is a passionate social inclusion expert with over 16 years of experience in disability management, inclusive development, governance and civil society. Her contributions to the field of disability management and inclusive development span thematic areas like training, research, campaigns and advocacy programs around disability mainstreaming. Ekaete is primarily a Laboratory Scientist with a speciality in Microbiology and Virology.
Ekaete is the founder and Executive Director, family-centred Initiative for Challenged Persons (FACICP). She is the first female President of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities-JONAPWD, an umbrella body of all disability organizations in Nigeria. In the West African sub-region, she is Vice President, West African Federation of the Disabled-WAFOD and Regional Chairperson of Disabled People’s International (DPI)-Africa Region. More so, she is an Executive Council Member of the African Disability Forum-ADF, an umbrella body of all national, sub-regional, regional and Pan Africa Disability organizations in Africa. As National Coordinator of Global Fund for Women Grantees Network, Ekaete became the first woman with a disability to lead a mainstream women’s civil society group in Nigeria. Mrs Ekaete Judith Umoh is widely travelled, skilled in public speaking.
Ibrahim Mualeem Zikirullahi, Executive Director, is widely known in Nigerian civil society circles as Comrade Zik, has an honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities from the Commonwealth University in the United Kingdom. He holds a Masters of Arts Degree in Mass Communication (by research) from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. From August 2012 to August 2016, he was the National Chairman of the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a coalition of over 400 Civil Society Organisations (CSO), which specialized in election monitoring and observation to ensure the votes count. Comrade Dr. Zikirullahi led the TMG to observe the historic 2015 General Elections, using the innovative Quick Count (Parallel Vote Tabulation, PVT) election observation methodology.
In the dark days of the Military dictatorship, he was one of the frontline activists at the heart of the struggle to free Nigeria from claws of military rule. He played a leading role in the formation of the United Action for Democracy (UAD), a pro-democracy civil society groups, which gave vent to the aspiration of Nigerians in restoring democracy in Nigeria. From 2000-2002, Zikirullahi was the Nigerian Liaison Officer of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), an international development funding organisation with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. He was the founding Secretary-General of the Nigeria Security Printing & Minting Company (Mint) Workers Forum.
In these capacities, Zikirullahi has worked closely with the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Rights & Democracy (R&D) Canada, MISEREOR/KZE Germany, Fredrich-Ebert-Foundation, Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), National Democratic Institute (NDI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UK Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), MacArthur Foundation, NSRP/British Council, United States Embassy in Nigeria, and the Norwegian Human Rights Fund (NHRF) in the coordination of projects on reforms of the Nigerian constitution, electoral work, local government systems, democratic participation and political accountability, and labour rights advocacy programmes.
Abdulmumini Bala Ahmed, Legal Adviser, is a seasoned lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Bayero University Kano. Prof. A.B Ahmed holds a PhD and a Masters in Law. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. His academic contributions and teaching experience cut across taxation, tax administration, labour, criminal and company law. He was a Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bayero University, Kano between 2010 and 2015. Professor Ahmed’s research interest also covers revenue and comparative company law.
Oladayo Olaide, Director, is the Deputy Country Director of MacArthur Foundation in Nigeria. He is a seasoned international development professional and Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years of experience in project management, budgeting and financial reporting, policy analysis, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation, advocacy spanning extractive industries, revenue transparency and anti-corruption, democracy and governance in Nigeria and West Africa. In the period, Dayo worked variously as Regional Economic Governance Manager, Nigeria Country Manager, Project Coordinator and Project accountant for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). Dayo led the Nigeria Country office of OSIWA for two years and three months, during which he managed strategy development, the definition of project interventions and administration of the country budgets, managing human resources (including performance evaluation), and conducting monitoring and evaluation for the country grant portfolio.
Mr Olaide led several advocacy meetings to inform and frame an international response to the threats of electoral violence and conflict in Nigeria in 2011, and many high-level discussions to mobilize international response to corruption and impunity in Nigeria. Dayo has worked with civil society, government and media to promote transparency and accountability in many fragile states including Nigeria, Niger, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Chad and has travelled extensively throughout the region. In the period, he met with various stakeholders at a policy level and rural communities. The interactions have sharpened is knowledge of political economy and socio-cultural dynamics and change process in West Africa. Prior to joining MacArthur Foundation, Dayo worked for the British Council, Abuja, as Output Manager (Economic and Natural Resources) for the Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Program (NSRP), a five-year initiative to mitigate drivers of conflict in Nigeria. Dayo received a Master of Arts in Development Studies majoring in Public Policy and Management from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands. He received a Master in Business Administration degree from Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ogun State, Nigeria and a Higher Diploma from the Lagos State Polytechnic in Lagos, Nigeria. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.
Feyisetan Adunbi, Diaspora Representative, holds a Masters Degree in African Studies (Women, Gender & Sexuality specialization) from Yale University. Her passion for social justice issues further encouraged her to pursue another Masters Degree in Social Work, from the University of Michigan (Interpersonal Practice with Children, Youth and Families, with a certification in Child Welfare). She went on to work as a Case Manager, providing and coordinating a full range of direct services to refugees and immigrants, serving primarily families from Africa, Cuba, and the Middle East. Currently, Feyisetan practices as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Michigan Medicine (formerly the University of Michigan Health System). Earlier to this, Feyisetan obtained her undergraduate degree BA (Ed) English from Lagos State University (LASU) in 1990; followed by a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Lagos (UNILAG) in 1996. Her passion for issues of social justice motivated her to work with Baobab Centre for Women’s Rights and later, the Civil Liberties Organization, where she was the Project Head, Women’s Rights Project (WRP). In these tours of duty, she focused on issues relating to women’s health, education, child rights, gender and social inclusion, legislative advocacy, community organizing, capacity building and the political and economic empowerment of women.
Idayat Hassan, Director, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the Lagos State University, Ojo, and received an LL.M. in legal theory from the European Academy of Legal Theory, Brussels. She is currently the Director of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa), an Abuja based policy advocacy and research organization with a focus on deepening Democracy and Development in West Africa. Idayat’s core interest spans democracy, peace and security and transitional justice in West Africa. Prior to joining the CCD-West Africa, Idayat was a deputy regional coordinator with the Movement Against Corruption in Nigeria (MAC), an organization that seeks to eradicate corruption and poverty in Nigeria. Since her admission to the Nigerian bar, Idayat has focused on legislative advocacy, legal reform, transparency and accountability, and the rights of vulnerable groups. She held a fellowship in several universities across Europe and America.
Alhassan Abdullah Isah, the Treasurer, is a unionist and labour activist. He holds a Higher Certificate in Book Keeping and Accountancy. He presently works as Wages and Salaries Manager with the Angel Spinning & Dyeing Company Ltd., Kano. Prior to this position, he worked as an Accounting Supervisor with Fahid Dyekh & Co Ltd and also as a Statistics/Stores Supervisor with Ceramics Manufacturers Limited (1983-1989). He is a member of the Kano State Textile Garment and Tailoring Senior Staff Association. Chief Alhassan A. Isah is a High Chief with a traditional title of Okaokulu of Edo State Community in Kano State.