Resilient Lagos Week 2019 Speakers
Our speakers come from diverse works and have experience in their chosen fields. They will be sharing valuable insight and offering solutions to tackling many of the issues facing Lagosians.
Olamide is an Urban Activist – researcher, writer, and artist, holding degrees in BSc Architecture, MA Design and MPhil Infrastructure Management. She is currently involved in governance and social issues within the urban environment of Lagos and is an advocate for sustainable transportation and social engagement within street spaces.
In the last 7 years she has managed and coordinated projects in the UK, South Africa and Nigeria, working with a variety of clients to ensure relevant knowledge is shared with the end users. She is the Founding Director at Lagos Urban Network, Editor-in-Chief of the Lost in Lagos Magazine and Trustee/Festival Director at Open House Lagos. Her strengths lie in Urban Infrastructure Management, Project Management and Communications.
Nse Umoh Esema is a Nigerian-American urban planner. She is a Senior Program Manager, City and Practice Management supporting a number of 100RC’s African cities, specifically Accra, Paynesville, Durban, Lagos, Enugu, and Capetown, in building resilience.
She joined 100 Resilient Cities from the MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), a center for urban planning and development at MIT. CoLab is focused on building self-determination for communities on the margins (low-income individuals, people of color, and communities on the periphery) and democratizing economies.
Dr Muyiwa Agunbiade has over 20 years of professional and research experience that cuts across multiple fields of: Data collection, GIS spatial analysis and land administration, Housing affordability analysis, Urban and Regional Planning.
He has contributed high-level professional skills and executed multiple strategic planning projects at various levels: site planning, layout design, structure planning, model city panning, and regional planning in Nigeria and overseas, leveraging the use of GIS and serving clients in both the private and public sectors, including development agencies (PASGR, DFID and the World Bank).
Lookman Oshodi, Commonwealth Professional Fellow is the Project Director of Arctic Infrastructure (AI), a multi-disciplinary private organization with broad focus on infrastructure delivery, urban development and the environment.
Lookman is the Nigerian coordinator for the Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa (DASUDA’s) Lagos Lagoon City Project which is exploring Lagos lagoon as a key element in flood management, housing delivery, transportation, water and green space in Lagos. He is leading a team of local and international experts to support Edo State Government in establishing a new urban development and infrastructure planning institution.
Dr Wiebe Boer
Dr. Boer is CEO of All On, a Nigerian off grid energy impact investment company seeded by Shell. He joined All On from BCG where he was one of the founders of the Lagos office. Prior to BCG, Dr. Boer spent 5 years with Heirs Holdings in Lagos, playing a variety of strategy & social impact roles. Dr. Boer also worked in the Rockefeller Foundation & McKinsey and was co-founder of AfriOne, an ISP headquartered in Jos, Nigeria.
He is the author of the acclaimed book A Story of Heroes & Epics: The History of Football in Nigeria and earned a History PhD from Yale University & a bachelor’s degree from Calvin College. He completed his primary & secondary education at Hillcrest School in Jos where he was born and raised to Dutch missionary parents.
Dr Taibat Lawanson
Taibat Lawanson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
She has conducted extensive research on issues relating to urban informality, livability, environmental justice and pro-poor development. She is interested in how formal and informal systems can synthesize in the emerging African city, and written or co-authored over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, books and conference proceedings.
Charles joined Sheppard Robson in February 2001; he leads the master planning and Urban Design Group at Sheppard Robson.
His dual qualifications as an Architect and Urban Designer have enabled him to take an active design role in a variety of master planning projects from the widest scale visioning exercise or development framework to smaller scale streetscape and building design.
Rebecca Enobong Roberts is a researcher interested in exploring inequality policies and urbanization challenges in Nigeria. Her interest is driven by the need to create context-specific policy interventions to adequately tackle these issues in Nigeria.
She has nine years experience in the non-profit and development sector field and her sector experience spans across informality, urban poverty, housing, and community public health, access to education for the most vulnerable and excluded children in rural Nigeria, to ICT for job creation and youth development.
Bayo Alao is an Environmental Management Expert with vast experience in Environmental, Water Resources and Sanitation Management. He is an expert in developing water and sanitation policies and has worked as a water and sanitation consultant with UNICEF in Enugu, Nigeria.
Mr. Alao currently works with WaterAid Nigeria as the WASH Technical Expert, where he leads the WASH Programme delivery Unit of the organization. He has the ability to contribute to information exchange, coordination and policy dialogue with national and international development partners, regional, national and local government actors, civil society and the private sector.
Arzu Culhaci is an international development professional with extensive experience in resilience, evidence-based research/learning, cross-cutting assessments as well as in designing and supporting integrated humanitarian and development programs for a range of donors.
She is currently the Urban Resilience Advisor with Mercy Corps in Asia, providing strategic oversight, thought leadership and technical excellence across Mercy Corps' portfolio of resilience initiatives across seven countries in the region.
Dr. Andrew S Nevin
Dr. Andrew S. Nevin, PhD is one of PwC’s leading global thinkers, working at the complex intersection of economics, strategy, capital markets, and investment.
As Chief Economist, he leads the writing of PwC West Africa’s White Papers and other publications, including Impact of Corruption on the Nigerian Economy (Jan 2016, which showed that Nigeria’s GDP would be over $100Bn larger if it had the same level of corruption as Ghana) and Nigeria: Looking Beyond Oil (March 2016, which determined analytically which sectors would have the biggest impact overall on Nigeria’s development, with agriculture as the most important).
Aduke continues to utilise her professional legal and advisory skills to assist in business and creative development.
Aduke served in the Governor Fashola Administration of Lagos State as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor in addition to serving as the Secretary to the Hotel Licensing Authority within the Ministry of Tourism and Intergovernmental Relations.
John is WaterAid’s Senior Policy Analyst for Development Finance. His role focuses on strengthening the financing of the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, with current and recent research on Sustainable Development Goal financing gaps. A forthcoming study will cover Nigeria’s water and sanitation sector.
For the past few years, he has worked closely with Lagos State officials, UK architects Sheppard Robson and engineers Mott MacDonald on a project analysing Lagos’s water, sanitation, drainage and coastal defence infrastructure. Prior to joining WaterAid, John worked as a civil servant at the UK Treasury, advising the UK government on international finance and development issues as well as domestic spending on housing, planning and regeneration.
Dr Olajumoke Akiode
Dr Olajumoke M. Akiode is the Executive Director/CEO of Center for Ethics and Sustainable Development (CESD), a non-governmental, non-profit research organization. Olajumoke is a professional policy and socio-political researcher, trainer and consultant.
Her area of expertise include Applied Ethics, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI), Public-Private Infrastructure Partnership Advisory, Stakeholder Management and Corporate Sustainability. Olajumoke holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Applied Ethics & Socio-political philosophy from the University of Lagos. She also holds a Certificate in Public- Private Infrastructure Partnership (PPIP) from the University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.
Dr. Temilade Sesan
Dr. Temilade Sesan (Ph.D.) is a development researcher, lecturer and consultant with expertise in the areas of the environment, energy and gender.
She works across sectors to identify pathways to greater inclusion of marginalised groups - including women and girls - in public and private development initiatives. Her work highlights the social and cultural upheavals that often accompany seemingly benign processes of technological and economic advancement in developing countries like Nigeria.
Dolapo is a Partner at Detail Commercial Solicitors. She is one of the leading lawyers in Nigeria’s Power sector with in-depth knowledge on Infrastructure and PPP projects. Dolapo is particularly skilled at navigating regulatory hurdles and liaising with government counterparties and regulators on behalf of clients.
She advised the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) on the development of the Lagos State Urban Light Rail Project and on the Transaction Structure and PPP Agreement for the Integrated Civil Infrastructure in the Katampe District in Abuja Federal Capital Territory.
Olayinka is the Creative Director of Studio Contra Mundum (SCM), a Lagos and Abuja-based architectural and urban design practice: SCM works across all scales and contexts and seeks innovative local solutions through a global vision.
Olayinka has an interest in issues of housing and participates on forums for affordable housing policy in Lagos in collaboration with the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
Martine Sobey is a Senior Manager in the City Resilience Delivery team, supporting a number of 100RC African member cities, specifically Accra, Addis Ababa, Cape Town and Lagos, in building resilience.
Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, Martine worked as an environmental consultant providing policy and advisory services to governments, donors, IFIs, multilaterals and the private sector in Europe, Africa and Asia. Her technical expertise is in climate change mitigation, adaptation, and low emissions development.
Abidemi Agwor Founded the Nigeria Tunnelling Association and developed the 3 strategic pillars of Awareness Creation, Education and Capacity Development that forms the basis for which the Tunnelling and Underground Space Industry in Nigeria is being built on.
Abidemi represents Nigeria at the general assembly of the annual World Tunneling Congress and is a steering board member of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association committee on Underground Space.
Dr. ChiChi Aniagolu-Okoye
Dr ChiChi is presently the Country Director of WaterAid, a non-profit organisation, with its headquarters in London dedicated to improving water and sanitation for the most marginalised people across the world. Prior to WaterAid she has held the following positions.
She has numerous consulting experience with such agencies as the European Union, UNFPA, IPAS, UNESCO to mention a few and has produced several education materials on Gender and HIV/AIDS which are presently used as instructional aid for HIV/AIDS practitioners in Nigeria. ChiChi also sits on the board of a number of citizen sector organisations in Africa and holds a PhD from the University College Cork in Ireland.
Victoria Ibezim Ohaeri
Ohaeri is the founder and director of Research and Policy at Spaces for Change (S4C), a non-profit organization based in Nigeria.
Leveraging on hard evidence generated from rigorous research, policy analysis, community engagements, national-level advocacy, and global interactions, Victoria routinely facilitates public policy dialogues, mobilizes citizen participation in economic policy development, and engages the Nigerian parliament on the development of public policy regarding specific social and economic issues such as gender, energy policy, urban reform and defending the civic space.
Honourable Akeem Omoyele Sulaimon
Honourable Akeem Omoyele Sulaimon is the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Communities and Communications, under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, where he collaborates to create an enabling environment for inclusive traditional institutions and community development at the local government levels.
He is a Fellow, Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration of Nigeria and a Member, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT). He is also the recipient of various awards from different bodies and associations including the notable ‘Lagos State Man of the Year, 2012’.
Mrs. Olabisi Williams, a community mobilizer, and housing justice campaigner, is the woman leader at the Communities Alliance against Displacements (CAD), a loose network of informal and displaced communities in Lagos working to tackle forced displacement.
CAD is powered by Spaces for Change.
Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi
Babatunde Olalere Gbadamosi (popularly called BOG) was born in England to the illustrious Gbadamosi family. He is a successful property merchant and Chairman of the prestigious Amen Estate, located in Eleko Beach in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos.
He is also the CEO of Redbrick Homes International Ltd, a company committed to providing enduring homes for Lagosians. He is the Secretary of National Intervention Movement (NIM) in Lagos.
Charles Abani is an international development practitioner and social innovator with over 20 years’ experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, especially the civil society.
With a BA in History and an MSc in Political Science from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and Ahmadu Bello University respectively, and executive management training from Oxford University, Charles has extensive experience of managing organizations, projects and driving change internationally in the UK, and across Europe and Africa.