Advisory Board


Prof Carel IJsselmuiden, MD, MPH, FFCH

Director Council on Health for Development (COHRED), Geneva Switzerland

Prof Carel IJsselmuiden is South African and holds medical and public health qualifications from Universities in the Netherlands, South Africa and the United States. His professional life started as a rural doctor in the northern part of South Africa. His public health research and work led him to focus on improving child health through immunization and nutrition. He was director of ‘the Elim Care Group Project’ from 1983 – 1987 which focused on rural women’s health and income generation. Carel specialized in public health at the University of the Witwatersrand and The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He worked as Deputy Medical Officer of Health for the city of Johannesburg before joining academia as a senior lecturer at the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA). In 1995, he was appointed as head of the Department of Community Health at the University of Pretoria, and became founding director of the University of Pretoria’s School of Health Systems and Public Health in 1999. Carel has published widely in the field of public health, epidemiology, research and the ethics of international health research. In 2004, he joined the Council on Health Research for Development in Geneva, Switzerland, as director.

He strongly believes that science & innovation are key to national development everywhere and that women are key to national development and to science & innovation. He has served as on the WAAW Advisory Board since 2010.

Mrs. Lola Okoye

Executive Director, Nosco Oil and Gas Services Limited

With over 16 years of diverse work experience, Lola Okoye has a career path that has taken her across various economic sectors like Telecommunications, Advertising, Media and Oil & Gas. Her skills in Marketing, Branding, Sales and Business development were acquired and nurtured over the years in previous top management roles held at Vmobile now Airtel, Daily Times of Nigeria, FKG2, World Meetings Plus and Extensity, Inc respectively. She is a successful business strategist with a proven record to grow revenue and market share for global brands like Samsung, British American Tobacco, Heineken, DanaAir and Celtel. She serves as a Member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria. (APCON).

Lola’s achievements are attributed to her extraordinary strategic insights, uncompromising devotion to excellence and the ability to build employee teams that remain committed to the success of the company.  Lola Okoye is a graduate of San Francisco State University, California with a B.A. degree in Theater & Film. She joined Nosco Oil and Gas Services Limited as Executive Director in 2009 after giving birth to her first child.  She is responsible for the Business Development, Marketing and Communications unit of the company.

Lola’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and leadership. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company’s reach.  She currently manages multi-million dollar projects for her clients Total, Chevron and DripQuip in the upstream sector in Nigeria.

Lola lives in Lagos, with her husband and their two children. In her free time, she enjoys reading, kick-boxing and traveling.

Amaechi Ndili

Amaechi Ndili

Chairman and CEO at Lionstone Group

Amaechi Ndili is currently the Chairman of Wharton Club of Africa and the CEO of Lionstone Group – Conglomerate operating in the major economies of Sub-Saharan Africa with subsidiaries in Offshore Oil & Marine Services, Real Estate, Infrastructure Development (Toll Roads, Bridges), Hotels & Hospitality, Equipment Leasing and Construction Services, Airline Catering Services.


Nwamaka Okoye

Principal, Design Genre

Nwamaka Okoye has over 15 years’ professional experience in architecture and interior design. Nwamaka was 3rd place finalist, Hunter Fan Design Competition, Savannah Georgia, USA; 1st Place Portfolio Scholarship Award Winner, Organization of Nigerian Building Professionals, Chicago Chapter; 3rd Place, Matrix Design Competition, and also Federal Government of Nigeria Merit Scholarship Award recipient. Her experience ranges from commercial to residential projects and clients include, Ascon Oil, Tetra Pak West Africa, Extrerran Nigerian Limited, Alpine Investment Services, PZ Cussons, African Petroleum, SPOG Oil & Gas.


Kehinde Oyeleke


Kehinde Oyeleke started his career in the Corporate Finance division of Arthur Andersen, before specializing in Corporate Tax and Business Advisory. During this period, he advised multinational clients on several structuring projects, covering international taxation and cross-border acquisition issues. He later joined the Transaction Structuring Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, where he was involved in Mergers and Acquisition deals involving Fortune 500 corporations.

Kehinde has lately worked as a Vice President/Principal in Capital Alliance, a leading private equity firm, and was responsible for the whole range of the firm’s investment selection, management and divestment processes. He currently oversees SEEDVEST, a medium size SME Investment Company based in Lagos, Nigeria. Kehinde is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed in the state of New York, and is also an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He holds an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania



Prof. Adjo Amekudzi

Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

Adjo Amekudzi is a Professor at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University (1994), an M.S. in Civil Engineering (Transportation) from Florida International University (1996), an M.S. in Civil Infrastructure Systems (1997), and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (1999) from Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Amekudzi joined the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1999. Professor Amekudzi studies problems related to the integrated built and natural environment with the objective of improving investment decision making for built systems. 

She has published several papers, served on several boards and panels contributing her expert knowledge, and received notable awards and honors recognizing her contributions in these concentration areas. Professor Amekudzi chaired the ASCE Infrastructure Systems Committee and is on the editorial board of the ASCE Infrastructure Systems Journal. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Transportation Research Board, the American Society for Engineering Education and the American Public Works Association. Professor Amekudzi also serves as the faculty advisor for the Georgia Tech’s chapters of the Engineering Students without Borders (ESWB) and the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS).


Andreas Heinecke, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO, Dialogue Social Enterprise GmbH, Hamburg, Germany.

Andreas Heinecke is the founder and CEO of Dialogue Social Enterprise (DSE), a Hamburg based social enterprise with team members working from Italy, India, France and Bulgaria. The objectives of DSE are to create jobs for disabled people, and to change the mindset towards otherness through exhibitions and Business Workshops. Andreas grew up in Baden-Baden, Germany, graduated with a degree in German literature and history in 1982 (PhD in 1989) and worked as a journalist at Südwestfunk (a German broadcasting company). There he was tasked to train a colleague, who had become blind by an accident and was fascinated by the world of the blind and shocked about the discrimination with which they are still confronted today. In 1988, Andreas became Vice-director of the “Stiftung Blindenanstalt” (Foundation for the Blind). Here he had a framework to roll out his ideas to establish a dialogue between blind and sighted which was not motivated by pity, insecurity and prejudice. The idea was simple: blind and sighted people should meet in darkness, taking the chance to switch roles and to overcome limits.

In 1996, Andreas established“Dialogue in the Dark” ( internationally and opened his first permanent exhibition in Hamburg in 2000. “Dialogue in the Dark” exhibitions are now distributed worldwide through a social franchise-system, and has created more than 6,000 jobs for disabled and disadvantaged people in 30 countries and the exhibitions have led over 6 million visitors through total darkness into the world of the blind, seeding a better understanding, empathy and tolerance.  Andreas has won various awards and became the first “Ashoka-Fellow” in Western Europe in 2005. Two years later he was nominated “Out-standing Global Social Entrepreneur” by the Schwab Foundation. In 2008, Andreas was nominated as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Social Entrepreneurship.

Barrister Nnanna Obasi

Legal Counsel

Barrister Nnanna Obasi is the legal consultant to WAAW Foundation and has served as legal counsel to several non-profit organizations in Africa including the Kenneth Kauda Children of Africa organization. He studied Law at the University of Calabar, Nigeria and has previously worked as a Math and Science teacher before returning to practice law full time.

Kishau Rogers

Board vice-chair; Founder & Director, Websmith Studio

Kishau Rogers is an active & awarded practitioner, contributor and business leader in the computer science and information technology industry. Her constant priority has been to develop impactful, innovative solutions to complex problems and business challenges.  She offers over twenty-three years of industry experience, specializing in using computer science and systems thinking principles to influence how we develop, build, grow and mature great ideas.

Kishau is a serial tech entrepreneur and is the Founder of technology ventures such as Websmith Inc., and TimeStudy.  Under her leadership, the Websmith brand has operated for over fourteen years, partnering with organizations in successfully bringing their technology ideas from conceptualization to commercialization. Her commercial work includes successful ventures such as TimeStudy, a health enterprise solution and PeerLoc, an innovative geolocation platform startup co-founded with Dr. Wei Cheng.

Kishau has spearheaded many social impact technology projects, most recently serving as an advisor to the first U.S. White House Hackathon for Foster Care. Kishau earned her Computer Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a recent recipient of the Lyn McDermid Community Impact Award and the NAWBO Wells Fargo STEM Award. Kishau has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, NFIB, JavaWorld, and other publications.


Frances Van Sloun

Operations Director

Frances has served as the Operations Director at WAAW Foundation and now serves on the board of directors. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Frances has experience working for many camps in Minnesota, including STEPS Camp (Science Technology Engineering Preview Summer Camp) at the University of St. Thomas, and Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN where she served as Assistant Director for three years. In January 2011, she went on her first trip to Africa to help install a small solar power grid to provide lighting for a friend’s home village in Ntungamo District, Uganda. Now having a great love for the people and culture of Africa, she is excited to be a part of the WAAW Foundation team.


Kaye Smith, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Physics and STEM Education

St. Catherine University, Minnesota. Dr. Kaye Smith is currently an Associate Professor of Physics and STEM Education at St. Catherine University in Minnesota. Dr. Smith holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. She has over 12 years of industrial experience in R&D, manufacturing and technical service. After leaving her industrial career she taught courses in engineering, physics and math at Century College, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, before accepting the position of 3M Thwaits Fellow at the University St. Thomas. In addition to teaching and research at St. Thomas, Dr. Smith directed the highly successful School of Engineering STEPS (Science Technology Engineering Preview Summer) Camp for girls for several years. Dr. Smith’s service work is in the area of water purification in developing countries and she makes almost yearly trips to developing areas of the world to work with and educate local communities about clean water, sanitation and hygiene. This work includes working side-by-side with community members to build pit latrines and sand filers. Dr. Smith traveled to Nigeria in 2013 as part of the WAAW Foundation team to help facilitate the launching of the STEM Camp which impacted 26 African girls.

Abiodun (Abi) Adeoti

Senior Finance Director at Intel Corporation

Abi is a finance executive with nearly 25 years of proven leadership experience in finance and strategic management at major IT companies.  As Senior Finance Director at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara, California, where he is responsible for leading the company’s NTG business unit’s global financial planning & analysis.  He served as a key cross-functional business partner to both business unit and functional leaders.  He has extensive FP&A experience leading end-to-end P&L activities directly and at a group level across worldwide and regional business units. He has managed in small start-up and large environments with a direct financial responsibility of more than $3 billion P&L, and 11,000 people.

Prior to Joining Intel, in June 2015, he has spent years working in Finance and Accounting executive leadership positions at companies like Jawbone, Deem, Intuit, Microsoft and HP.

Abi is an avid soccer player, world traveler and proudly Nigerian.  He grew up and attended high school in Lagos, Nigeria before migrating to the US for college.  He has a special interest in empowering African Youths through education and mentorship.

His extensive global executive experience includes serving on the Board of Directors for WAAW Foundation and was the founder of Waltan Corporation, a global outsourcing consulting firm headquartered in Silicon Valley.

He graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu with an MBA and a BS degree in Accounting from Cal State University, Hayward


 Chijioke Okoro

Doctoral Candidate Boston University School of Public Health 

Chijioke Okoro is an Independent Consultant and a Health Policy and Health Systems Expert. He has a DrPH from the Boston University, Boston, an MSc in Social Work and a BSc in Microbiology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Chijioke was a recipient of the prestigious Hubert Humphrey Fellowship in 2008, a program he completed at Emory University, Atlanta. He has extensive experience working as Technical Advisor, Project Manager, Consultant and Researcher. He has expertise in Strategic planning, Project Management, Policy Analysis, and Program evaluation. He started his career as a technical officer with Nigeria Youth AIDS Program, Lagos, supporting the implementation of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health programs in special populations including school children, women, religious institutions, and youth living in the urban slumps of Lagos Nigeria. He worked as a Public Health Analyst with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta. In this capacity he was responsible for the technical coordination of studies to evaluate the impact of rapid HIV scale up on the Health System of low income countries where US sponsored PEPFAR was being implemented. In Nigeria, he has successfully led state teams in a multi-stake holder effort to build government capacity for a multi-sectoral response to HIV/AIDS. Chijioke has extensive experience with NGOs and was the founder and pioneer program coordinator of Health and Community Development (HECOD) Initiative. He is committed to replicating the “can do” spirit in WAAW, in the heart of every girl in Africa.


Manager, Tassah Academy

Bih Janet Shufor Fofang has been teaching electrical engineering at the government technical institute and in 2009 founded a private primary and secondary school in Cameroon, with 700 students enrolled. She actively demonstrates her dedication to youth education and a strong supporter for girls. 60 percent of the students enrolled in her school are female. A certified Mentor; she participates and leads a number of talks and panels. A member of several women’s groups including the Tecwomen Alumni, WeTech Africa and is the Managing Director for Girls in technology (GIT) Cameroon. Bih Janet Shufor Fofang was this year’s winner of the A Richard Newton ABIE Award for innovative teaching practices that encourages more girls in STEM.

She was nominated Africa’s leading women in Tech 2015 by IT News Africa and innov8tiv’s top 100 Women Visionary Leaders to watch in 2016.