About Our Board
Okechukwu Jake Effoduh
Okechukwu has 10 years’ experience in the use of traditional media for development and five years in legal strategy and human development. He has been a freelance radio presenter with the BBC Media Action since 2006 anchoring the weekly programme “Talk Your Own Make Naija Better” which is aired on 120 radio stations in Nigeria with more than 30 million listeners tuning in weekly.
He is the Assistant Director of the Council on African Security and Development (CASADE). CASADE is a non-profit research-driven collectivity of experts and academics that carry a specific project and offer guidance and counsel to African ministries, universities and international organizations. Jake heads the Nigerian office.
He is a consultant with Synceritas, the world’s premier human rights based intelligence profiling used to reduce exposure to unethical transactions in business enterprises globally. He sits as a board member in Prikkle Academy and designs the strategic plan of our programs.
Okechukwu holds a Masters’ Degree in International Human Right Law, University of Oxford, UK. He is the Winner of 2015 Africa Youth Choice Award for Human Rights and Advocacy, and the recipient of the 2013 Best in Humanity Service, Nigerian Young Entrepreneurs Award.
Damilola is an award-winning educator, social entrepreneur and writer, with 7 years’ experience of interfacing with citizens, public and private institutions in Africa to create sustainable solutions to global problems.
He is the Founder and Chief Listener at Prikkle Academy, where he co-creates open innovation hubs with rural stakeholders to uncover their potentials, then mobilize it to create street-smart solutions.
In 2017, he launched Nigeria’s first solar-powered grassroots innovation hub (called a makerspace) to unleash the ingenuity, talent and passion in Nigerian youths. He have reached more than 4000 Students in 16 States in Nigeria engaging communities to create home-grown projects through innovative global thinking.
Some of the innovative projects he hasimplemented include turning human feaces into charcoals, creating organic fertilizers from kitchen ‘waste’, installing plastic bottles in rural communities as solar light, unveiling talents through HCD,vegetable-cutting machine made out of trash and local materials.
Based on the innovations, he was selected as the Pioneer Country Director (Nigeria) by the International Organization of Business and Engineering (IOBE), Bangladesh to spread this innovation in 150+ Nigerian Universities via tech and business and projects.
As a trainer, he has led different initiatives on leadership programs with organizations such as WorldPulse, Asia Pacific Institute of Coaching, One African Child and Global Shapers.
As a 2017 CANVASSITY Pan-African Youth Fellow, he understudied and share with the stakeholders at the Department of Political Affairs at AU running policy priorities based on changing global landscape and technologies.
He is a 2015 kanthari Fellow, 2017 Fellow at the Dalai Lama Fellow and 2017 Fellow at the Social Innovators Programme of LEAP Africa, Lagos, Nigeria. He is a 2018 Laddership Fellow at Service Space, 2018 Global People’s Fellow and 2018 African Changemaker Fellow. He is a nominee for the 2018 Muhammad AliHumanitarian Award and 2018 Gratitude Award.
Oluwatimilehin is a development specialist and the Founder of Spring Africa, a youth-focused NGO that empowers vulnerable children and young people across Africa to unleash their talents/potentials towards personal development, community development and nation-building.
She is a certified Social Entrepreneur from Kanthari International, an institute for empowering social entrepreneurs in Kerala State, India. Her social work spans over several countries in Africa and Asia. She has a first degree in Plant Science, and a Masters in Public Health from University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
She is a people person, and an advocate of child’s rights and gender equity. She has a passion for empowering Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), street children and vulnerable youth in the communities. She also has a strong interest in Youth and Leadership Development. She sits as a Board member in Prikkle Academy and supports our networking activities with other organizations around the world.
Oluwatimilehin is a member of Carrington Youth Fellowship Alumni Network (CYFAN), an initiative of the U.S. Consulate General Lagos – Nigeria, and an alumna of WIN with WISCAR, a mentoring program in Lagos – Nigeria for entry/mid-career professional women.
She enjoys traveling across different cultures and meeting people of different tribes and languages. She believes that ‘Our strength lies in our differences; therefore racism and tribalism should be shunned in our societies.’
About Our Board of Advisors
Bela Shah has worked in transformational leadership, service learning, and social change for over ten years. She is currently Senior Program Manager for Net Impact’s Fellowship programs, which has more than 400 students led chapters all over the world. Before coming to Net Impact, Bela directed the global leadership program for Dalai Lama Fellows, which trained next-generation social change leaders from around the world in mindful and compassionate leadership.
She has also worked or volunteered with Amigos de las Americas, the Gandhi Ashram and Manav Sadhna, Pratham, and the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Bela graduated with Honors in Political Science from the University of Chicago and also earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center and the American University Washington College of Law. As a pro bono attorney, Bela has volunteered with Catholic Charities to represent individuals seeking protection from persecution and other forms of violence.
The best advice Bela ever got received, “When in doubt, choose love.” Remembering this advice always brings her back to the wisdom of her heart and she truly believes that the heart knows today what the mind will understand tomorrow.
Deborah is a UK-Based expert Money Literacy Educator for kids, young adults and adults. She educates learners and clients how to be financially fit through simple everyday savvy tips, tricks and strategies.
She is the brand owner of Sawyerrs’ House and Sawyerrs’ House Foundation for Young Persons. She is an international public speaker, an Amazon published writer of three financial books, a money blogger and podcaster.
She is a devoted mum to her 2 young daughters who were instrumental in helping her write her first children’s’ worksheet booklet and flashcards called Play Your Cards Right – a book designed to help parents teach their children how to be money literate.
She divides her spare time spending it with friends and family, enjoying all things holistic living coupled with being an avid tennis fan. Her ultimate vision is to give back to Africa by educating market women traders in money
Her tagline is Spend BETTER. Save BIGGER. Invest BRAVELY
Visit her website, HERE
Jacquiline Lidonde is the Founder of Voluculture a Social impact consulting company in Nairobi, Kenya.
At Voluculture they provide foundations, companies, and nonprofits with philanthropic advisory and grant-making services. They also work with Civil Society Organizations in areas of organizational infrastructure strengthening.
She holds a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management and a Master’s in Business Administration from UMUC. Her passion is to continue to provide local solutions in areas of philanthropy to advance social issues in Kenya and Africa as a whole.