Governing Board

Ozzy Ajibade

Board Chair

Ozzy has over 20 years experience in the Oil and Gas industry. She is the Onshore assets petroleum Engineering Team Lead at Chevron Nigeria. In this role she manages a team of engineers that over sees and develops the  Onshore assets operated by Chevron across Nigeria. She has successfully executed the drilling campaign lasting over 2 years  working with multi-stake holders  increasing the production from those assets. Prior to this role, she led a cross functional team of earth scientists and engineers that managed  a deep water non-operated asset for Chevron Nigeria. She has also led Petroleum Engineering and Earth science technical teams executing Tight Oil development programs in the midland basin in Texas US, Tight gas development in the Four corners area in  New Mexico and Colorado USA.

Ozzy has also worked as a planning advisor helping to facilitate the management of a budget of almost $1B  for developing Chevron assets in the Lower 48 US states. In this role , her key reporting line was to the Asset Development General Manager of  the business unit, and proposed recommendations to ensure budgets were managed effectively and highest value projects were funded, delivering production and optimum recovery. She began her career working as a field engineer, working in the Gulf of Mexico  for Schlumbeger in Houston Texas before moving on to a project engineer role in Sugarland Texas.

Ozzy received her undergraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Benin, Nigeria graduating at the top of her class with a first class (summa cum Laude) in 1999. She obtained her masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from University of Houston in  2005. During which she completed Internships with Exxon Mobil.  She has also completed Leadership training  in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

She is a passionate voice for female empowerment and talent development within the Oil Industry, founding the Lagos Chapter of the Petro Tech Special Interest Group (SIG) under the Chevron Womens Network with a key focus on growing the core competencies and capabilities of women in Petro-tech  functions, facilitating networking and improving career opportunities to help them deliver results for themselves and the company. She also serves as the Chair Person, leading the board of directors for WAAW Foundation.

A member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Serves on the Board of Trustees taskforce for SPE Nigeria focused on education, ensuring that university  faculty deliver relevant curricula, leveraging established centers of excellence and facilitating industry/academia knowledge transfer and sharing.

Ozzy is married and a mother of 3 children, two daughters and a son, she is passionate about empowering the next generation by introducing STEM education and careers to children at a young age and especially to girls.


Unoma Ndili Okorafor, Ph.D

Unoma Ndili Okorafor. Ph.D.

President and Founder

Dr. Okorafor is the founder and Chief Executive of WAAW Foundation. Born in Nigeria, she received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos in 1998. She obtained the M.Sc. degree from Rice University in Houston, TX and her Ph.D. at Texas A & M University, College Station, TX both in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is a graduate of INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship program and attended Stanford Business School’s Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship. Her industry experience includes software developer and team lead at the Education Technology Division at Texas Instruments, Dallas Texas. She has worked at Intel, HP and IBM research lab. Dr. Okorafor is a member of IEEE, ACM, SWE, NSBE and SPIE and has been the recipient of the Sloan Foundation Fellowship. the AAUW Engineering Dissertation Fellowship and the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship for promoting STEM education. She is a partner at Herbal Papaya LLC and acts as a visiting professor at the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja Nigeria teaching courses at the Computer Science department.


Ebele Agu

Vice President and Board Executive Secretary

Ebele is a Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) Master Teacher overseeing the Science Dept. in the Grand Prairie Independent School District in Texas. She is a PRINCE 2 Project Management Foundation expert and a Thomas International System Certified User. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas in Arlington. Ebele has worked as a Management Consultant/Trainer; her area of training specialization is in  Leadership/Management and Interpersonal Skills, focusing on the Behavioral and Psychometric aspects of learning interventions. Ebele has taught a diverse group of students in several Texas schools where she has mentored children from low socio-economic background.


JULIET KEGO

Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido is a Poet-Philanthropist, International Speaker and Master-Certified Leadership Consultant, Trainer and Strategic Interventionist. A passionate advocate for African Women in Leadership and Governance; Quality, Adaptive & Affordable Public School Education; Child Rights, and Environmental Sustainability, she is the co-founder of Whole Woman Network — an Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership Social Enterprise hub, focused on connecting and raising a new generation of Transformational, Ethical and Creative African women and youth leaders, both at home and in the diaspora.

She is also the visionary behind such initiatives as S.E.R.V.E Volunteer platform in South East, Nigeria, Poetry4changeAfrica, and FLOW; financial literacy for women. Juliet is the program partner and co-ordinator for EducateAGirl Nigeria – an award-winning program developed by Dawood Global Foundation (DGF) Pakistan and LADIESFUND® Canada.

Her educational background and professional experiences span multi-disciplinary fields and roles: Engineering, International Business, Gender Studies, Project Management & Consulting, and Wealth Management & Financial Advisory. She has worked and consulted for Honeywell Group, American Express, Emex Systems, MIS Systems, Edward Jones Investments, Koryo Ltd. etc.

She is a serial social entrepreneur and life-long learner, with diverse interests and holdings in Real Estate, International Trade, Derivatives, Micro-finance lending; she sits on the Advisory and Executive Boards of several organizations in Nigeria, USA and Canada, such as, Sustainable Waste Recycling Community of Nigeria (SWRC) and Environ Focus Inc., Canada.

A self-described life connoisseur, her other interests include: Traveling, Fund-Raising, Behavioral-Neuro Sciences, Belly Dancing, Meditating, Reading, Mentoring, Angel Investing, Writing, Exploring World Music-Cinema-Literature-Cultures.

Her award-winning poem “Today, I will not bow” has been translated into several languages and performed by students globally, to raise awareness about Gender and Climate Change issues All proceeds from her personal floetry performances and auctions are donated towards scholarships and grants for African girls living in rural and under-served communities.


Toyosi Odukoya

Head of Business Intelligence

Mastercard Foundation

Toyosi is an experienced Strategy, Innovation, Analytics & Digital Transformation Business Leader, with expertise in applying insights & analytics in ensuring an organization’s competitive advantage and vision are fully harnessed for growth and impact.

She operates in a senior leadership role, leading a multi-cultural team across global borders (Africa, Asia, North America). She has vast experience implementing data & analytics capabilities across various sectors and industries such as Telecommunications, FMCG and Development sectors.

Toyosi successfully led the strategic implementation and adoption of MTN Nigeria’s Big Data Project (arguably, the 1st completed Big Data Project in West Africa) and many Advanced Analytical Models for specific Business Use Cases to drive smarter business insights & decisions.

She also built and led the Digital Transformation capabilities for Coca Cola, covering 33 countries in the West, Central, & Islands of Africa, as she formulated and executed digital frameworks that were focused on customers and consumers, underpinned by strong analytics to drive consistent growth for the organization.

Currently, she heads the Business Intelligence Team at Mastercard Foundation across operations in Africa and Canada. She has a track record of successfully building data & analytics capabilities from the scratch – which she has done in multiple organizations.

She is passionate about women and children, ensuring they have the right support to maximize their potentials and be the best they can be.


Dr. Cheryl A. Swanier

Senior Teaching Faculty,

The University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Cheryl A. Swanier is a Senior Teaching Faculty at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was the former Department Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science at Claflin University, where she was named the Henry N. and Alice Carson Tisdale Endowed Professor. Dr. Swanier was successful in leading and establishing the inaugural ABET accreditation for the computer science program at Claflin University. Dr. Swanier is the founder and CEO of Swanier Consulting, LLC as well as the non-profit organization the SIS Foundation Inc.

Dr. Swanier works with many programs focused on increasing the computing pipeline by getting students interested in STEM disciplines and future technology careers through her non-profit The SIS Foundation, Inc. that implements the Kewl Girlz Kode project and is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in computing through engagement, inspiration, and empowerment.

Dr. Swanier works with outreach initiatives to improve computer science education at all levels. One of these initiatives is the ARTSI Alliance, Advancing Robotics, Technology for Societal Impact. Swanier established the first robotics lab at Fort Valley State University. The robotics programming was implemented in Calypso, a robotics application framework in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University. Another initiative is the STARS (Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service) Alliance, a regional partnership among academia, industry, K- 12 and the community to strengthen local BPC programs by focusing on K-12 outreach, community service, student leadership and computing diversity research.


Bisi Adeyemi

Bisi Adeyemi

Bisi Adeyemi is the Managing Director/CEO of DCSL Corporate Services Ltd. She is a 1986 Law graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987.

In her role, Bisi is responsible for providing strategic direction to the team, developing the business and leading Board Evaluation and other Governance Engagements. Bisi joined DCSL in December 2010 with a charge to turn around the fortunes of the Firm (which was operating as a Unit of the Tax Practice of Deloitte) and create a distinct brand identity. DCSL Corporate Services Ltd (now fully independent of Deloitte) has recorded significant strides under her leadership and has an impressive client portfolio.

Before joining DCSL, Bisi was the Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary at Acorn Petroleum PLC. Before then, she was the General Counsel with Dredging International – a multinational dredging company. She is a member of the International Bar Association and the Institute of Directors and President. Bisi holds an MBA from the Lagos Business School, has attended Leadership Training at the Harvard Business School, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University Illinois. She’s passionate about Corporate Governance and facilitates Board level training on the subject.

Bisi is an Expert-In-Residence at the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan Atlantic University and served on the Executive Council of the Women in Management, Business & Public Service (WIMBIZ). She is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Eventful Limited and Center for Women’s Health and Information. Bisi currently serves as Chairman of Council at the Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce.


Lindi Thabede

Lindi Thabede has over 20 years of business and sales experience currently working for Thermofisher Scientific, a world leader in serving science as a District Manager for the Biosciences Division responsible for the Africa business based in South Africa. Efficient and effective in the development of growth strategies in partnerships, enabling stakeholders to meet goals and objectives.

She believes in Africa’s innovative capacity and advocates Science, Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) education to develop future leaders that will be able to provide global solutions. Passionate about women empowerment within the sciences with a targeted focus on developing and mentoring women.  

She has a Masters in Science degree in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA and Bachelor in Science Major in Biochemistry, minor in Chemistry from Virginia Tech, USA with previous experience in teaching chemistry.

Experienced manager who has consistently demonstrated abilities in Capacity Development, science, biotechnology, management, and leadership.


Marcelina Biro

Marcelina Biro is the Founder and CEO of Kijana Jasiri-Resilience Organization (KJRO). She has been in the NGO, development, and humanitarian sectors for over 20 years. Marcelina is a former Deputy Head of Mission for ICRC Dar, Governance Advisor for Swiss Embassy, National Coordinator Terre des Hommes Schweiz (Tanzania office) and the Director for Humuliza Organization (Tanzania local NGO offering Psychosocial Support to orphaned children) to mention a few. Importantly, she is among the team that established a vibrant youth organization; Vijana Simama Imara (VSI)- whereby she was honoured to work directly with youth for about 8 years supporting them to re-write their stories. Marcelina has a BA in Development Studies- Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Master’s in Business Administration- ESAMI/MSM and currently the PhD (Human Geography)- University of Dar es Salaam focusing on youth interventions. Marcelina believes in co-creation, teamwork, coordination, and partnerships. She is passionate about promoting resilience among young people.


Ruth Aisabokhae

Ruth Aisabokhae, PhD in Applied Economics, is a Senior Manager with Microsoft. She has extensive program management experience in North America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. She has led productive collaborations across multiple industries, global non-profits, and governments, including business development, healthcare, academia, agriculture, and the military. Ruth also serves as Adjunct Professor of Economics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and previously worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, DuPont Pioneer, and the United States Army Garrison in South Korea.

As a pastime, Ruth has organized and secured international funding for projects aimed at empowering women in developing countries. She is passionate about strengthening an inclusive culture within Microsoft, utilizing technology for international development, and advocating for gender equity.


George Idornigie WAAW Foundation Board of Director Member

George Idornigie

George is a Technology Business Strategist and Consultant who has a professorial background in one the Big Four Global consulting Companies, Schnieder Electric, Multichoice Group, as well as I.B.M amongst others.

He is an Alumnus of the Universities of Jos and Lagos, Nigeria;  the Lagos Business School(L.B.S) as well as memberships of a host of professional associations. He sits on boards of several reputable foundations.

He has passion for Mentoring, Startup development and Youth Empowerment and is an active stakeholder of Angel Networks in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa.

George strongly believes that there exists a yawning gap in the Technology Space as far as female participation is concerned and intends to help mitigate this by working through WAAW Foundation to support aspiring young women fulfil their dreams and passions as Tech enthusiasts and Entrepreneurs.

George will bring his professional pedigree to bear at the WAAW Foundation in the areas of Governance, Strategy and Human Capital Development.