OUR BOARD

Dr.  Adetokunbo Pearse

Dr. Pearse had his educational training in kano, Nigeria (1971- 1975) Madison, Wisconsin, USA (1977-1978) and in Sheffield, England. In Sheffield he obtained a Master degree with distinction and a Doctorate in English with emphasis in Africa studies (181-1985).While studying for his Ph.D. In England, Dr Pearse served as Vice- President of a community-based organization called Caribbean cultural international. In addition, he worked for the British broadcasting corporation as an interviewer, and as host of the review program “African book of the day”. Living in Chicago from 1986 to 1992, Dr. Pearse at Chicago state University and as Consultant to Mayor Harold Washington, the first black mayor of that city. As a contributing editor to the operation push magazine and as chairman of the international task force for Reverend Jesse Jackson’s rainbow coalition in the state of Illinois. He also worked for the government as director for intergovernmental affairs, and community relations in the cook county clerk’s office.

In 1991, Pearse was appointed Ambassador for goodwill from Gary, Indiana, and Maywood, Illinois on a trade and cultural mission to Georgia in the former union of Soviet Socialist Republican (Russia). In the same year, Dr. Pearse acted as the chairman of the black mayor meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Pearse in 1993  served as vice president of Brentwood international bank in New York. Later that year, he went back to academia as adjunct Professor of literature and Culture in the Black and Puerto Rican studies department of Hunter college – city University of New York (Cuny). In 1996 Dr. Pearse was appointed senior consultant to honorable Ruth Wyler Messinger , president of Manhattan borough, and democratic party nominee for mayor for New York. In that committee, as well as coordinator of support in the University in the black and Latino communities for Ruth messinger. Dr. Pearse was vice president of Cambridge capital holdings management, a wall street asset management company, and its subsidiary “union transfer and cargo corp”, an international money transmittal company. In 1998, Dr. Pearse was appointed honorary co-chairman of the National Republican congressional committee’s business advisory council in the state of New York and the international consultant to the  Haitian chamber of commerce.

From 1997 to 2000, he hosted a cable access television program, “the culture journal” which was a medium of expression for community cultural and economic aspirations. Dr. Pearse’s experience in the USA includes volunteer for philanthropic organizations like “children health care and nutritional goals through education  (c.h.a.n.g.e) of Massachusetts, a corporation lobbyist, a Political consultant, and University lecturer. Since returning to Nigeria in 2006, Dr. Pearse has been chairman of ACORN (a 40 years old USA based non governmental organization), Currently, Dr. Adetokunbo pearse who is a senior lecturer in the department of English at the university of lagos, is cited in achievers who’s who in Nigeria (2010) and the Chairman Board of Trustee of ISPED

Prof Steve Azaiki, OON.

A former Secretary to the Bayelsa State Government (SSG),Prof. Steve Azaiki  is the founder of the Azaiki Foundation and  Public Library in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State which houses the most modern museum in the Niger Delta and the Institute of Science and Technology, played host to the first International Conference of Science, Technology and Education in Nigeria in December 2014. He is a visiting Professor/Fellow to a number of institutions, such as the Institute of Petroleum Studies, University of Port Harcourt and the Inter-regional Academy (University) of Personal Management (IAPM).He was elected president of the International Society of Comparative Education, Science and Technology.

Aside being the National Coordinator of Nigeria National Think-Tank, he is also the  president of World Environment Foundation For Africa (WEFFA), whose progenitor, World Environmental Movement for Africa (WEMFA), was borne out of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine. He has contributed immensely to the establishment of the Niger Delta University, launch of a Development Fund to fast-track the pace of infrastructural development in Bayelsa shortly after its creation and was the pioneer commissioner for Agriculture. Azaiki was appointed into the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology, Akure in 2009 and the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island by the Bayelsa State Government in 2014.

Prof. Steve Azaiki; A Professor of Agronomy, Institute of Potato Research, Ukrainian Agricultural Academy, now University of Life and Environmental Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine, with specialization in Psychopathology (Plant Protection), he attended National University of Life and Environmental Sciences for his first, post graduate and doctorate degrees, as well as the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (MBA in Project Management), University of Abidjan, Cocody (Certificate in French Language) and Ukrainian Agricultural University (Certificate in Russian Language)

Oluwatosin Otitoju

Tosin Otitoju is an engineer, academic, and writer. Born in 1981, she graduated in 1996 from Queen’s  College Lagos with the best WAEC SSCE result nationally. She has studied engineering at Howard University and Caltech. At Howard, she graduated summa cum laude (with highest honours/First Class) in Electrical Engineering. At Caltech, the world number one research institution, she was a Poincaré Fellow in the Control and Dynamical Systems option of the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The oldest of her half-dozen blogs is at www.LifeLib.blogspot.com . Tosin also runs REALbubbler, UpNaira, Nigeria News Buka, and a popular mathematics blog at www.XBubbler.blogspot.com .UpNaira is an important online utility focused on money, business, and economic development.  She founded it while in graduate school and it has run continuously for several years.   She has published collections of poetry, including Comrade in 2010, Yalla! in 2011, two collections Big Girl and Big Boy in 2013, Monsters in 2014, and Rainbows in 2015. She has also published literary fiction (short stories) in African anthologies and recently published her first novel, Three Sisters.

As an engineer, she has worked in process and quality engineering in companies in the Middle East, Nigeria, and the USA. During the 2011 election season, she led digital media operations and strategy at 234next.com .She has also worked for six years as a full-time lecturer (engineering, mathematics, and computation) in three Nigerian universities: Federal University of Technology, Yola; University of Lagos and, until recently, Bells University of Technology.

In 2006, Tosin was named Young Person of the Year at the Future Nigeria awards. She previously received a National Honours Medal (FRM).  She is an NLI Associate and was an Ekiti State Ambassador for the year 2012.

Amb. Abdullahi Bindawa

He is a Fellow for United States Institute of Peace (USIP).A Moderator and Peace Ambassador awarded by the United Nations Peacekeeping Training Center, India and United States. Presently with the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies, The University of Rhode Island (URI) as a Certified Nonviolence Trainer.

His mission as a social change activist, is to organize and educate adult education for democracy with emphasis on special projects, especially women empowerment and system related to nonviolence and social responsibility. His experience with nonviolence began at an early when he got involved with World Bank Institute and was stimulated by exposure to United Nations Goals on the leadership of the nonviolent civil right campaigns. An Awardee of the Peacekeeping Gold Medal  by the American Biographical Institute (ABI).

Since 2010 his focus had been on institutionalizing the capacity to provide training, research, peace education and public information about nonviolent approaches to reconciling unjust social Conflicts and Violent Conditions. He was retained by public and private organizations to design peace programs in leadership education about nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation and social change for democracy.

His Special Interest area in Conflict transformation and Peacebuilding is nonviolent direct action, Policy dialogue, regulation negotiation, shared decision making. In policy dialogue, and shared decision making, representatives of affected parties and sectors of the public termed stakeholders, work together with government officials to develop policies and  regulations.

Pastor Power Ziakede Aginighan

Born on January 9, 1959 at Ezebri Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State, after a stint as an auxiliary Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Integrated Science teacher in then Sagbama Creek Grammar School, Toru Ebeni, and later in his alma-mater, Government College, Bomadi, Aginighan proceeded to University (then college) of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt in 1977 where he bagged the Higher National Diploma in Accountancy in 1981. he also holds the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the same University. He is an associate member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, (ANAN) as well as Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).

Aginighan started his public service career shortly after completing his National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and assignment in the old Anambra State in August 1982 with his appointment as Accountant II at the College of Education, Warri, from where he rose to the position of Principle Accountant. He later joined the Oil Mineral Producing Area Development Commission, OMPADEC, as Assistant Director of Finance and Accounts in April 1993, a position he held until 2001 when he was absorbed by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. He was later promoted to the position of Deputy Director, Finance and Supply in March 2003. He was appointed Ag. Executive Director, Finance and Administration, NDDC on the 28th of May 2007. A leader of great repute and an advocacy of good governance,  and a Public speaker.

Prof. J.C . Agwunobi

The First Professor of Peace and conflict resolution in Nigeria, he read Political science and Economics at first degree, and Military tactics and conflict resolution at doctoral degree, was educated at Alabama University USA for his first degree where he excellently tested out most of his first and second year university courses and graduated in a recorded two year period. While his course mate were still at Alabama University, he left for Pennsylvania University where he recorded an Alpha-masters degree in nine months. it was indeed his greatest intellectual joy when Agwunobi came back to Alabama already armed with post-graduate qualification to convocate with his Alabama university course mates who have just completed their first degree programme and, of course this earned Agwunobi the nick name of the intellectual surprise.

It is intellectually motivating to mention that this Alpha-oriented intellectual feat did not only open doctoral admission doors for Prof. Agwunobi both in United States of America and Nigerian universities alike but led him into the successful completion of his doctoral programme from Pennsylvania U.S.A. Agwunobi, having distinguished himself as a brilliant Alpha  degree student at all levels of (BSc, MSc, Ph.D.) his degree studies in the United state of America, Came back to Nigeria his country to distinguish himself as a brilliant and transformative lecturer/ Resource person in many institutions of higher learning in the country.

Willem F.C Vermeer

Mr. Willem Vermeer is a groomed retired marketing professional from the Netherlands with over 35 years experience of which the last 17 years in Nigeria and has a bachelors degree (BCom) from The Hague University of Applied Sciences – Commercial Economics  in The Hague Netherlands(1976). Except from The Dutch language he can communicate in German, English and has basic understanding of the French language as well.

In the Netherlands (1997-1999) he worked in various marketing and marketing research management positions for Rank Xerox, Beiersdorf NV, Guhl Ikebana Cosmetics BV and Tagasago International BV and GFK/IRI Market Research.

In 1995  Mr. Vermeer was hired as an interim general manager to set up a new marketing and distribution company for Friesland KFT in Budapest, Hungary. Having worked in the Netherlands, Hungary and Nigeria, he has a developed an excellent understanding of different cultures which is crucial to be able to be successful in marketing, marketing research and sales environments.

He has contributed to the growth of international and national brands like Rank Xerox, Nivea personal care, Guhl haircare, L’Oreal/Dark & Lovely, Lentheric, Peak Milk, Three Crowns Milk to mention a few. Mr. Vermeer has participated frequently in international project teams (new brand and product development) for Beiersdorf Europe(e.g NIVEA) and developed extensive experience in consumer insights and consumer behaviour research for the Nigerian FMCG market as a base for new brand/product/packaging and flavour development for Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria. Amongst others he was responsible for the research for the long term brand strategy of the Peak brand as well as the successful product development, marketing strategy and market introduction of the brands Peak Milk&Chocolate and Peak 123 and 456.

Between 1999 and 2005 he had been at the forefront to make use of the international reputable Nielsen retail measurement services. Their data offers comprehensive and timely information on market shares, competitive sales volumes and insights into distribution, pricing, merchandising and promotion. By combining this detailed information with consumer behavior research and other professional consumer research, you will have available the insights and expertise that help fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brands improve product development, marketing and sales decisions. He is a specialist in not only  using the data but especially how to interpret the data and make decisions actionable.

Additionally, starting in 2005, he had his own marketing consultancy firm Farlake & Partners in Lagos and is now using his experience and extensive practical knowledge to help develop and advise entrepreneurs and new organizations on a freelance base.