Mr. Okoli is an economist with eyes for details. His work on budget and research in public finance dates back to his days at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, where he graduated with BSc. in Economics in 2009. At the university, he had led a student based research forum at the Department of Economics of his University in Awka, Nigeria-Policy Analysis & Research Forum (PAREF). In 2011, he became the Programme Officer, Public Expenditure Management, at the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), Abuja, where his major role had involved extensive analysis and research on the budget, Fiscal Responsibility Law and the Public Procurement Law with a special focus on improving compliance. He subsequently moved on to the Department for International Development (DFID) where he held the position of Programme Assistant in the department’s voice and accountability programme- State Accountability & Voice initiative (SAVI), Enugu, Nigeria. His key focus at SAVI were on the legislative budget process, civil society advocacy on increased budget participation and the role of the media in participatory budgeting. Ikechukwu Okoli played a major role in developing the legislative budget manual for scrutinizing the budget through the legislative process and the human resource map for establishing a legislative budget and research office both for the Enugu State House of Assembly. Furthermore, he also maintain a research affiliation with the University of Maastricht and the United Nations University in the Netherlands in the research area of institutions and development.
His recent engagements outside of the academic environment have been in the developing community development programmes for Non-Governmental organizations(NGOs), alongside providing country-specific market and policy insights across sectors to businesses and other organizations wishing to enter the Nigerian market, with keen interest in strategy and business innovation.
Ikechukwu Okoli is passionate about how efficient operation of government and appropriate policies can deliver a better life to citizens and in particular on the ability of young Africans in transforming the continent’s governance and economy.
Mr Oladapo O. Ajayi is a graduate of French at the department of Foreign Languages,Obafemi Awolowo University in 2010. He obtained his MA degree Intercultural Anglophone Studies at the University of Bayreuth, Germany in 2016. He is currently a junior fellow and a PhD student at Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) Bayreuth, Germany. He enjoy the scholarship of the Evangelisches Villigst Studienwerk Ev for his doctoral research.
Mr Oladapo Ajayi has participated in several conferences and workshops on topics of Governance and Participation, Migration and Refugees, Intra-State conflicts amongst others. Mr Ajayi considers himself privileged to be part of the ‘Rural Future Lab’ project 2017 where 160 youths across the globe had the opportunity to contribute to the `Berlin Charter`. The project was organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in cooperation with Engagement global, as well as the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ). He also attended the G20 conference 2017 tagged ‘Future of the Rural World. Innovation- Youth-Employment’ in Berlin, Germany.
Mr Ajayi sees humanity at the centre of all his engagement. He founded a community-based project called Project-TACT in 2012. He is a farmer and an entrepreneur. He considers himself as rural boy. He is currently a senior fellow at the African Good Governance Network (AGGN, Germany) since 2015. He is also a fellow of Institute of Advanced Studies, Ile-Ife, Nigeria since 2017.
With over 20 decades in solid engineering background which climaxed with the position of facility manager at Isoglass industries limited in 2016, Semion O Olaleye is presently a farmer, agro commodity investor and agro commodity exporters with cashew as the focus product to India and Vietnam.