The Advisory Board

Cynthia Mbamalu is a lawyer and committed human and gender rights advocate. As a co-founder of Yiaga Africa, she has dedicated the past 14 years to development work specifically targeted at building sustainable democracies, promoting inclusion and human rights. She currently serves as the Director of Programs for Yiaga Africa and manages the annual youth organizing school for young people in Nigeria and West Africa on how to organize for policy advocacy and civic engagement.

Cynthia Mbamalu is also one of the leaders of the ‘not-too-young-to-run’ movement and the ready to run campaign, committed to promoting young men and women political leadership and democratic principles.

Cynthia Mbamalu

Ms. Ayisha Osori is a lawyer, development consultant and communication strategist with 18 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She is an advocate for women’s rights in Nigeria and is a non-executive director on the board of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund.

Ms. Ayisha Osori has worked with the World Bank, UNICEF, and the National Democratic Institute on a wide range of projects focusing on women’s economic and political empowerment, gender equality and good governance.
Ms. Osori is currently the Executive Director of Open Society Initiative for West Africa, (OSIWA).

Ms. Ayisha Osori

Mr. ‘Dapo Oyewole is a multi-skilled public policy, international development, global affairs, communications and strategy execution expert with over 20 years’ experience working in Africa, Europe and the US.
He has held senior positions in the international development and public consulting sector as Director of Public Sector Development (EMEA region) at the Palladium Group – the international development consulting firm and also as Senior Public Sector Adviser at McKinsey & Co.

Mr.’Dapo Oyewole is currently the Special Adviser on International & Interparliamentary Affairs to the Speaker of the House of Representative.

Mr. ‘Dapo Oyewole

Ebere Ifendu is a Lawyer, Chartered Mediator and Conciliator and Gender Advocate. She is the Director Centre for Gender Education and Rights, Gregory University, Uturu Abia State, and has served as a member of the Presidential Constitution and Electoral Reform Committee. She is presently the President, Women in Politics Forum, (WIPF) a multi-party Organization of Women in politics who are members of Parliament, Women Executive office holders, Women in civil Society and other Organizations that engage and develop strategies to achieve the mission of WIPF.

Barr. Ebere Ifendu is a member of the African Women Leadership Network (AWLN). She was recently appointed as the Special assistant to the Senate Minority Leader on Diaspora, Gender and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Ebere Ifendu

Bukola Idowu is an experienced people and organisational development expert, with over 5 years’ experience with two leading Nigerian banks renowned for excellence, and customer-oriented banking.
Bukola Idowu has been the Head of KIMPACT Development Initiative (KDI), for over 11 years, contributing immensely to promote Good Governance. KDI is a youth-focused, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organization that advances good governance, democratic rights, public policy, and public engagement by building informed and active citizens through capacity development, advancing public policies, data-driven advocacy, and reforms.

Bukola Idowu

Opeyemi Oriniowo is a results-oriented Leader in Trade and International development with a focus on evidence-based public policy research, advocacy and implementation. He has years of experience working and researching in development across the African continent and delivers behaviourally-smart policy and strategic communication solutions. He has over 7 years experience working at the intersection of public, private and non-profit sectors facilitating partnerships, research and policy interventions with development objectives.

He is a Fellow of the New Union for the Development of Green Economy (NUDGE), Amsterdam, Netherlands. He presently engages with The Centre for the Study of Economies of Africa (CSEA) to examine the potential impact of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) on MSMEs in Nigeria.

Opeyemi Oriniowo

‘Yemi Adamolekun has a 20-year diverse career spanning the public and private sectors in the United States and Nigeria. She currently serves as the executive director of Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE), a non-partisan network of individuals and organizations committed to building a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria through active citizenship. She is also the secretary to EiE’s board.

EiE has led various advocacy campaigns including its flagship #RSVP: Register |Select |Vote |Protect Campaign promoting voter education and participation. It is also involved in the #OpenNASS campaign calling for accountability and transparency in the National Assembly.

‘Yemi Adamolekun is also on the boards of ‘Make it Happen Productions” and the ‘After School Career Development Centre, Calabar’. In 2018, she was named as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD), endorsed by the United Nations in the Humanitarian & Religious category.

'Yemi Adamolekun

ElectHER is a non-partisan progressive women's political advancement organization bridging inequality gaps in African democracy, by advocating for and enabling women's leadership across appointive and elective office. Our mission is fulfilled through behavioural change communications; skills development, human capital mobilization and campaign financing, with an end-goal to enable capable women competitively Decide, Run and Win elections. We are on a mission to empower 1000 women to run for office and directly back '35' women by 2023.

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