Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli (MFR)

Position: Co-founder/Chair
Categories: Project Team

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is an expert on African agriculture and nutrition, entrepreneurship, social innovation, and youth development. She has over 25 years of international development experience and is a recognized serial entrepreneur, author, public speaker, and consultant.

Ndidi serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), AGRA, the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, Nigerian Breweries Plc. (Heineken), Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, Fairfax Africa Holdings Canada, Royal DSM Sustainability Board, Netherlands, and the African Philanthropy Forum. She previously served on the Boards of Nestle Nigeria Plc., the World Vegetable Center, Businessday Newspapers and Cornerstone Insurance Plc.

Ndidi started her career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in Chicago, New York, and Johannesburg. She returned to Nigeria in 2000 to serve as the pioneer executive director of FATE Foundation, supporting young entrepreneurs to start and scale their businesses. In 2002, she established LEAP Africa to inspire, empower, and equip a new cadre of principled, disciplined, and dynamic young leaders in Africa. In the same year, she established NIA to support female university students in Nigeria to achieve their highest potential.

Ndidi is the co-founder and Executive Chair of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition, which works across Africa shaping policies and implementing ecosystem solutions. As the co-founder of AACE Foods, which produces a range of packaged spices, seasonings, snacks and cereals for local and international markets, Ndidi has propelled the growth of a catalytic business. As the founder of Nourishing Africa, a digital funding, training and knowledge hub, she is supporting entrepreneurs in 37 African countries.  Her latest start-up is Changing Narratives Africa committed to changing global mindsets about Africa by showcasing the Continent’s contributions to the global food ecosystem through the pioneering work of her dynamic people, their innovations, and products.

Ndidi was recognized as a Young Global Leader and a Schwab Social Innovator by the World Economic Forum and received a National Honor from the Nigerian Government. She was recognized as one of the 20 Power African Women by Forbes, as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African Magazine and received the 2021 Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Awards, the highest honors given by the school. She is a TED Global and TED Women speaker.

Ndidi is the author of “Social Innovation in Africa: A Practical Guide for Scaling Impact,” and “Food Entrepreneurs in Africa: Scaling Resilient Agriculture Businesses,” both published by Routledge. She is also the author of “Working for God in the Marketplace.”

Ndidi holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School and an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow. She is currently a visiting Scholar at Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University.

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is an expert on African agriculture and...

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli (MFR)

Co-founder/Chair

Temitope Adegoroye

Position: Managing Partner
Categories: Project Team

Temitope is the Managing Partner at Sahel Consulting where he is responsible for client engagement, project management and implementation. He is passionate about the agribusiness sector and has worked extensively across a broad range of value chains, with specific expertise on roots and tubers. He is proficient in market analysis, business strategy development, business sustainability, and project management.

Temitope has led several studies on agricultural policies and market entry strategies and implemented consulting projects in a range of priority areas including innovations in seed systems, mechanization, on-farm productivity enhancement and improved market access for agribusiness stakeholders.

Temitope holds an MBA from Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University, Nigeria. He also holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Agronomy from the University of Ibadan and received his undergraduate degree in Plant Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife.

Temitope is the Managing Partner at Sahel Consulting where he...

Temitope Adegoroye

Managing Partner

Chinedu Agbara, CFA

Position: Associate Partner
Categories: Project Team

Chinedu is a finance and business management expert with over 10 years’ experience in investment banking, business advisory, project financing, and relationship management. He currently serves as a manager at Sahel Consulting where he leads the development and implementation of agriculture projects focused on seed systems, catalyzing inclusive growth, and professionalizing farmer associations and innovative agri-businesses start-ups.

Before joining Sahel, Chinedu worked with agri-businesses and other corporate entities in raising finance from public and private capital markets. He has worked as a relationship manager for a top financial institution where he initiated and participated in successful negotiations with management, union leaders, and diverse stakeholders of private and public organizations. Chinedu has consulted for a family-owned business in Madrid and led sales campaigns that required engaging with multi-stakeholders with different cultural, language, and ethnic backgrounds.

Chinedu holds a Post Graduate degree in Business Management, a Masters’ degree in Advanced Finance from IE Business School, Madrid, and is a Charterholder with Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute in Virginia, USA.

Chinedu is a finance and business management expert with over...

Chinedu Agbara, CFA

Associate Partner

Aisha Hadejia

Position: Associate Partner
Categories: Project Team

Aisha is social development expert with experience in the non-profit and humanitarian sector, working with multi-national teams on conceptualizing and implementing projects in social development, public health, and gender equality.

At Sahel, Aisha’s work is focused on transforming the Nigerian agricultural sector by strengthening the technical and institutional capacity of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development to formulate and implement innovative and inclusive policies that will increase productivity and income of poor farmers, create job opportunities and improved livelihoods for millions of smallholder farmers, particularly women and youth.

Aisha is passionate about international development, and prior to Sahel, she worked at multiple development organizations to advocate for women’s economic empowerment, improve girl’s access to technology, information, and healthcare. Aisha holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Leeds, UK, a Masters’ degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an MBA from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Aisha is social development expert with experience in the non-profit...

Aisha Hadejia

Associate Partner

Fisayo Kayode

Position: Senior Manager, Productivity Improvement
Categories: Project Team

Fisayo is a trained Animal Scientist and an agribusiness consultant who has been working on building sustainable food systems in Africa over the last 7 years. She currently serves as a Senior Manager at Sahel where she leads strategy development, value chain analysis, market research and program implementation.

She currently leads various interventions within the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN), a 5-year program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. On the ALDDN Program, she manages productivity improvement, training and extension, advocacy and behavioural change and policy advocacy, working with various public and private sector players. She previously worked with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations under the Eradicating Avian Influenza in Nigeria Project in 2015.

Fisayo holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria and is currently completing her MBA at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. Fisayo’s commitment to professional development is evident in her completion of specialized courses including “Sustainable Food Production Through Livestock Health Management” from the College of the Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 2017, Project Management from HarryBaker Training Institute, Lagos in 2018, “Milking to Potential” from Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands in 2019 and “Executive Team Leadership from Lagos Business School in 2021. She is a COCHRAN Fellow as awarded by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2022 and a registered member of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS).

Fisayo is a trained Animal Scientist and an agribusiness consultant...

Fisayo Kayode

Senior Manager, Productivity Improvement

Anthonia Taiwo-Ajayi

Position: Senior Manager, Human Resource
Categories: Corporate Service Team

Anthonia is an experienced and qualified Human Resource Manager and a member of the Leadership team (LT) at Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited.

She has 14 years of experience in strategic planning, talent acquisition, performance management, and change management, gleaned from working in FMCG, Telecommunications, Finance, and Consulting sectors. Anthonia has a proven track record in the formulation and implementation of effective processes to drive competitive growth. Prior to joining Sahel Consulting, Anthonia worked as the Head of Human Resources and Consulting department at top tier consulting firm, where she led a team of consultants to review HR operations and policies across multiple organisations in the public sector. Her journey in HR has taken her through various roles and assignments from outsourcing, people development, research & development, leadership and team management, regulatory compliance and strategic planning.

Anthonia had her first degree from Obafemi Awolowo University and has an MBA in Human Resource Management from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She is a certified professional in Human Resources-International (PHRi), a PROSCI certified Change Manager, a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management Nigeria (CIPMN), and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Partnering with other LT members, she is responsible for driving optimum employee engagement in the firm, through the development and implementation of people-focused policies brings her valuable HR experience to ensuring that Sahel continues to attract and develop great talents, to take on the challenge of Food Security in Africa and the world.

She leads a team of dynamic and strategic human resource professionals who are dedicated to building a high-performing, diverse, visionary team that will deliver on existing projects and drive the expansion of Sahel’s initiatives across the African continent.

Anthonia is an experienced and qualified Human Resource Manager and...

Anthonia Taiwo-Ajayi

Senior Manager, Human Resource

Adedolapo Adeseye

Position: Senior Manager, Account & Admin
Categories: Corporate Service Team

Dolapo is a Finance and Tax professional with over eight years of experience in providing finance, accounting and tax advisory services in the Agricultural, manufacturing, and service industries. Presently, Dolapo heads the Account & Administrative unit at Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Limited and serves in the same capacity for the non-profit arm of Sahel, African Food Changemakers Institute Ltd/GTE. He is responsible for ensuring the accounts and administrative team provide a range of services to support the organisation, including Financial Modelling and Reporting, Liquidity management, Grant management, and reporting, Tax advisory, and ensuring the day-to-day running of firm operations. He has successfully managed and reported on utilising a $4m fund over three years in the Nigerian dairy sector. He currently oversees the utilisation and reporting of a fund of $15m for implementing various component activities in the Nigerian dairy sector for five years.

Before joining Sahel, Dolapo has worked in various consultancy capacities to provide a range of services including Financial modeling, Tax planning, and advisory engagement, Accounting system review, and auditing. He also worked with Adeyemi Ajibade & CO (Firm of Chartered Accountants) where He worked on providing audit and tax advisory services to clients in the manufacturing and service industries.

He holds a Bachelors’ degree in accounting and an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN). He also holds an ACCA Diploma in International Financial Reporting.

Dolapo is a Finance and Tax professional with over eight...

Adedolapo Adeseye

Senior Manager, Account & Admin

Omobolaji Etti

Position: ICT Manager
Categories: Corporate Service Team

Bolaji offers information, communication, and technology (ICT) solutions to the agricultural, construction, finance, and advertising industries.

He has 14 years of experience in this field. He currently serves as the ICT Manager, where he is responsible for ICT Policy Development, Graphic Design, Network Management, Social Media Management, System Troubleshooting, Video Editing, and Website Management. For the sister company, Sahel Capital, he handles graphic design, web design, and tech-related tasks. At African Food Changemakers Institute Ltd, the non-profit arm of Sahel, he also performs graphic design and tech-related duties. He ensures the ICT team enhances internal communications and increases brand awareness by streamlining communication channels and teamwork with technology. He has successfully created websites, integrated technology solutions, and created brand collaterals on numerous projects over the years in Sahel.

Prior to joining Sahel, Bolaji worked as an IT support officer with Skylinks Satellite Communications Limited; Digital Marketing Officer with Shixels Studios Limited; Digital Marketing Executive at Worldbay Technologies Limited.

He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Economics from Babcock University and has received certificates in professional courses including Desktop publishing, Network centered computing & Digital web authoring from NIIT; Web design & Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) on windows from GNT; Network Management from TTC Mobile; ITIL in IT Service Management from Axelos.

He is also a graduate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).

Bolaji offers information, communication, and technology (ICT) solutions to the...

Omobolaji Etti

ICT Manager

Richard Oladipo

Position: Senior Consultant, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning
Categories: Project Team

Richard is a social development expert with more than 10 years of experience in the development sector with international and indigenous NGOs including Mercy Corps, Voluntary Services Overseas, and DevTech Systems Inc. Richard has designed and implemented monitoring and evaluation systems for several donor-funded projects across diverse thematic areas including education, agriculture and nutrition, adolescent and gender programming, sustainable energy, sustainability planning, and public policy.
Richard explores a professional niche in research, monitoring, and evaluation and leverages a well-grounded technical knowledge with a mix of adaptive management tools to support the implementation and delivery of high-impact results for multiple program portfolios at Sahel Consulting.
Richard holds a Master of Development Practice from the University of Ibadan. He is a certified Development Project Manager with the Association of Project Managers Group (APMG-International) and has completed the Quantitative Impact Evaluation certification by the Independent Evaluation Group at the World Bank, the University of Bern, Switzerland and the Center for Evaluation, Germany. Richard maintains active membership status with relevant international and local communities of practice including the Nigerian Association of Evaluators (NAE) and Eval Youth.

Richard is a social development expert with more than 10...

Richard Oladipo

Senior Consultant, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning

Ilesanmi Pupa

Position: Senior Seed Expert
Categories: Project Team

Ilesanmi Pupa is a Seed expert at Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited, where he supports program implementation, provides technical assistance, and stakeholder engagement. Ilesanmi has an interest in agribusiness sector and uplifting the socio-economy livelihood of the smallholder farmers by training, access to advanced cultivation practices, coaching of young farmers, production, and maintenance of improved seeds. He has about 8 years’ experience in seed production, processing, marketing, and livestock feed formulation, he also has expertise on vegetable crops production.

Prior to joining Sahel consulting, Ilesanmi worked with a seed company as a seed production and quality assurance officer, where he recruits farmers for seed multiplication, training of farmers, input distribution, collection of data, direct seed production, consultancy services, seed quality assurance, certification, research, and input loan recovery. He also supervised the company seed production fields in Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi, Niger, and Kaduna. He has previously worked on various projects including (AGRA) EGS seed production and (LINKS) Catalyzing economic growth for northern Nigeria.

He holds a Higher National Diploma in Agricultural extension and management from Division of Agricultural Colleges, Ahmadu Bello University Nigeria and has undergone some training and courses with IITA on “principle of maize seed production” in 2017, AfricaRice on “rice seed production technology” in 2018 and “Vegetable production” Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands in 2021 just to mention a few.

Ilesanmi is a member of Farm Management Association of Nigeria (FAMAN).

Ilesanmi Pupa is a Seed expert at Sahel Consulting Agriculture...

Ilesanmi Pupa

Senior Seed Expert

Ismael Adeniji

Position: Consultant, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning
Categories: Project Team

Ismael works as a Consultant at Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited where he supports the organization in its strategic efforts in business and value chain development and program implementation for food and agricultural system-related projects.

At Sahel, he works on the monitoring, evaluation, and learning component of the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN) program. As part of his work on ALDDN, he coordinates program implementation, conducts field monitoring, stakeholder engagements, and develops standard operating procedures for infrastructure management and other key programmatic activities. He also supports qualitative and quantitative data collection, analyses, and visualization.

Before joining Sahel, Ismael worked with AACE Food Processing and Distribution Limited as an Agri-Food Supply Chain Supervisor where he worked closely with the company’s international development partners to develop and strengthen farmers’ cooperatives, improve farmers productivity, and develop local sourcing supply chain of agri-food commodities across Gombe, Kaduna, Katsina, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, and Sokoto states.

Ismael graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture (Honours) Agricultural Extension and Rural Development from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, He has also audited a professional course in “Sustainable Food Security” from the Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands in 2019. He was an active students’ union member at Ife, and passionate about national transformation.

Ismael works as a Consultant at Sahel Consulting Agriculture and...

Ismael Adeniji

Consultant, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning

Ibrahim Yusuf

Position: Consultant, Livestock Productivity Improvement
Categories: Project Team

Ibrahim is an expert in livestock with over 8 years of experience. He is an environmental protection enthusiast and a climate-smart agriculture advocate. Currently, he works as a Livestock Productivity Improvement Consultant on the Advancing Local Dairy Development Project (ALDDN) at Sahel Consulting. In his role, he provides support on various fronts, such as social and behavioural change, strategy development, inclusive business models (IBM), stakeholder engagement, program management, and coordination. His primary objective is to drive innovative solutions that will enhance the productivity and livelihoods of smallholder dairy farmers across the country. He is passionate about international development and diplomacy, fragility management, and social cohesion.

Prior to joining Sahel, Ibrahim worked with German Development Cooperation (GIZ), INTERSOS Humanitarian Organization, Neem Foundation, and Jubaili Agrotech LTD. He worked on a number of donor-funded projects in the humanitarian and development sphere, including World Food Programme (WFP), BMGF, European Union (EU), and German Government (BMZ).

Ibrahim is a registered veterinarian with the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN). He has attended a number of professional courses and training, including Cooperation in Complex environment-Management adapted to the specific context with Capacity WORKS – Steering Competence with Lego® Serious Play® in Bonn, Germany, in November 2022.

He holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and a Masters of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.

Ibrahim is an expert in livestock with over 8 years...

Ibrahim Yusuf

Consultant, Livestock Productivity Improvement

Grace Omini

Position: Consultant
Categories: Project Team

Grace is a project management professional with hands-on experience in stakeholder management and program implementation.

Throughout her career, she has worked on multiple EU and UN-funded projects centered on water & sanitation, institutional reforms, agro-based enterprise promotion, sustainable livelihood development, gender equity, and community empowerment.

Before joining Sahel, she worked at Lafarge Africa as Community Relations Manager, where she managed corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects and community development strategies focused on empowering people and communities within the operating environment.

She currently supports the FMARD institutional capacity-building project and other agricultural development projects at Sahel. Her work focuses on market research on different agricultural value chains, identification of agribusiness development opportunities, stakeholder engagement, and implementation of monitoring systems.

Grace holds a Bachelor of Agriculture and a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, and a Masters in Agribusiness Management from the Rome Business School. She is also an Associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.

Grace is a project management professional with hands-on experience in...

Grace Omini

Consultant

Saidu Abubakar

Position: Senior Program Officer
Categories: Project Team

Saidu is a Senior Program Officer working on the Advancing Local Dairy Development Project, His works involves stakeholder management at the state level. He handles Training and communication for behaviour change, Infrastructure development, Nutrition and Farmers Organization component of the Advancing Local Dairy Development In Nigeria.

Prior to joining Sahel, Saidu has been actively involved in evaluating multi-sector intervention programs in Nigeria. Saidu Abubakar’s professional experience extends to the delivering of nutrition and livelihood projects, supporting health systems strengthening programs (Maternal, Child health and Behavioural Change Communications).

He is a graduate of Geography from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a trained Remote sensing and Geographic Information System analyst.

Saidu is a Senior Program Officer working on the Advancing...

Saidu Abubakar

Senior Program Officer

Mustapha Musa

Position: Senior Program Officer
Categories: Project Team

Mustapha is currently engaged as a Senior Program Officer working on the Advancing Local Dairy Development project. His work involves stakeholder management at the State level. He is responsible for the efficient implementation of the feed and fodder, Animal Health Intervention, and the Nutrition-Home Garden components of the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria.

Before joining the team, Mustapha had a career in teaching before transitioning to the agricultural sector. As a teacher, his passion for nurturing young minds and fostering a conducive environment and initiatives earned him recognition among students and colleagues. As an agriculturist, transitioning to the agricultural sector was smooth. He was at Thrive Agric Ltd as a Farmer Organization Supervisor, where he quickly distinguished himself through his dedication and leadership. Within a year, he was promoted to the rank of Lead, responsible for overseeing Kano and Jigawa operations. He also had a stint as an intern at Sasakawa Africa Association.

He is a graduate of Bayero University, Kano. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and has completed several professional certificates, including courses from Havard Business School, YALINETWORK, HIIT, and others.

Mustapha is currently engaged as a Senior Program Officer working...

Mustapha Musa

Senior Program Officer

Buhari Zubairu

Position: Senior Program Officer
Categories: Project Team

Buhari Zubairu is a development enthusiast with experience in humanitarian and development project implementation. He is passionate about health, nutrition, and agriculture and has worked on emergency response, health delivery systems, and is currently on dairy value chain development. He currently serves as the senior program officer at Sahel Consulting where his work involves working with stakeholders to coordinate the implementation of the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria program components at the State level through the training and extension, nutrition, infrastructure development, and farmer organization interventions.

Prior to joining Sahel Consulting, Buhari worked at eHealth Systems Africa for 4 years as a Program Field Officer on the vaccination tracking program, Vaccine delivery system development (via LOMIS-Logistic Management Information Systems), He also worked on a nutrition project to improve the adoption of OFSP and improve dietary diversity by coordinating community food demonstrations. He also worked as a Field Operations Coordinator on the Geo-Referenced Infrastructure and Demographic Data for Development (GRID3) program at eHealth Systems Africa. Buhari also supported the Outbreak Response (OBR) programs in the North East hard-to-reach communities.

Buhari holds a Master’s in Development Studies (MDS) from Bayero University, Kano, and an undergraduate degree in Human Physiology from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Buhari Zubairu is a development enthusiast with experience in humanitarian...

Buhari Zubairu

Senior Program Officer

Muhammad Muzzamil Momoh

Position: Senior Analyst
Categories: Project Team

Muhammad is a senior analyst at Sahel Consulting where he provides support on program implementation, data management and stakeholder engagement for nutrition and several other projects in the nutrition and agricultural sector.

At Sahel, Muhammad currently works as the Nutrition officer on the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN) program where he implements and manages the nutrition interventions, supports strategy development, and develops Information, education, and communication materials to facilitate dietary and hygiene behavior change for smallholder beneficiaries. He also provides support for the collection, management and analysis of data collected during implementation of several projects.

He has been involved in several works around the nutrition landscape, embarking on infant and young child feeding and nutrition policy related research. Prior to joining Sahel, he worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute as a research assistant supporting data collection, stakeholder interviews and workshops. Muhammad is passionate about contributing to the improvement of nutrition for all, in Nigeria.

He holds a master’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.

Muhammad is a senior analyst at Sahel Consulting where he...

Muhammad Muzzamil Momoh

Senior Analyst

Jonathan Makka

Position: Senior Analyst
Categories: Project Team

Jonathan is a development expert with vast experience and demonstrated success in community-level interventions. He is passionate about using an Integrated Social behaviour change approach to solve food systems, livelihood, and nutrition challenges.

At Sahel, Jonathan provides strategic and technical advice to nutrition interventions on the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN) programme. He leads the development of strategies that drive behaviour change among smallholder households.

Prior to joining Sahel, Jonathan held technical and advisory roles on various large-scale European Union (EU), CDC/PEPFAR, Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF), and World food programme’s (WFP) funded projects across Nigeria, building experience and expertise which allow him to develop and implement comprehensive solutions and strategies to address socio-economic issues in low-income and vulnerable communities.

Jonathan graduated from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and has completed several professional certifications including courses from Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI), UNICEF, OXFAM, IFRC, British Council, and Global Health USA.

Jonathan is a development expert with vast experience and demonstrated...

Jonathan Makka

Senior Analyst

Helen Okotie

Position: Senior Program Analyst
Categories: Project Team

Helen Okotie is a development enthusiast with over 5 years experience in community development sector. She has implemented projects in social development, education, nutrition and gender equality. At Sahel, Helen is a senior program analyst. She currently works on the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria; where her work involves providing support on strategy development, program implementation and stakeholders engagement to drive innovative solutions that will increase productivity, financial inclusion and improved livelihood for small holder women dairy farmers and the communities in which they live.

Helen is passionate about international development. Prior to Sahel, she worked as a Program Officer at Khan Initiative on ENGINE II Project to advocate for women economic empowerment, gender equality and improved girls access to education. Helen holds a master’s and bachelor degree in Biochemistry from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She was a Mandela Washington fellow at the Staley School of Leadership, Kansas State University, US.

Helen Okotie is a development enthusiast with over 5 years...

Helen Okotie

Senior Program Analyst

Raymond Anyanwu

Position: Program Accountant
Categories: Project Team

Raymond is a trained professional accountant with over 3 years experience. He currently serves as the Program Accountant on the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN) Program where he coordinates the infrastructure development and interface with processor and implementing partners to ensure a smooth run of the program.

Prior to Sahel, he worked as an intern with Ike Ezeuko & CO. Chartered Accountants and as an Accountant with Andelsta Limited and TAK Integrated Agriculture Solutions Limited.

He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) and Advanced Diploma in Accounting & Business (ACCA). He received a certificate in Professional Scrum Master (PSM I).

Raymond is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), United Kingdom, and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

Raymond is a trained professional accountant with over 3 years...

Raymond Anyanwu

Program Accountant

Mark Waziri

Position: Human Resource Associate
Categories: Corporate Service Team

Mark has been working in the Human Resource Management space for 4 years. He has notable experience in Federal and State law Compliance, Human Resource Planning, Performance Management, Training, and Development.

At Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited, Mark works as a Human Resource Analyst where he supports the Human Resource Initiatives, Systems, and Tactics of the organization.

Prior to joining Sahel Consulting, Mark worked with Diamond Bank PLC, Khuraira Cosmetics New York (USA), and Griot Studios Limited.

He holds a bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, a Certificate in Interactive Media (with a focus on Game Design and Animation) and has attended several trainings hosted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management.

Mark has been working in the Human Resource Management space...

Mark Waziri

Human Resource Associate

Joseph Yakubu

Position: ICT Officer
Categories: Corporate Service Team

Joseph Steven Yakubu is an adept IT professional with a passion for using technology to proffer long-lasting and sustainable solutions to challenges experienced by people around him. With over 10 years of experience in both the public and private sectors.

Throughout his career, Joseph has worked in various IT roles, including Software Engineer, Systems Administration, and IT Support. He has the knowledge and deep understanding of databases, computer networks, server administration, cloud computing, and software development.

Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology and systems from Monash University, a professional diploma in Software Engineering from NIIT, member of the Australian Computer Society with valuable IT Vendor certifications like the CompTIA A+, Microsoft Windows Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Cisco Certified Network Associate. In his spare, he enjoys listening to music, learning new skills, and spending time with family and friends.

Joseph Steven Yakubu is an adept IT professional with a...

Joseph Yakubu

ICT Officer

Emmanuel Ameh

Position: Program Analyst
Categories: Project Team

Emmanuel Ameh is a seasoned technical expert with over 6 years of experience in research and development, with a focus on Genetic Improvement. He is extensively knowledgeable of roots and tubers, and oil palm production and processing. He is passionate about the development of a formal seed system for root and tuber crops.

At Sahel Consulting, Emmanuel supports the implementation of the BASICS-II and PROSSIVA projects, working closely with partners and stakeholders to increase the use of quality seeds of improved varieties in cassava and yam seed systems.

Prior to joining Sahel Consulting, Emmanuel served as a Farm Supervisor at Uzanu Farms Limited, where he successfully managed a 160-hectare oil palm plantation and the processing, storage, and marketing of crude palm oil. With a Master of Science in Environmental Biology (Plant Genetics) from the University of Ibadan and an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Emmanuel brings a strong educational background and a deep understanding of plant genetics to his work.

Emmanuel Ameh is a seasoned technical expert with over 6...

Emmanuel Ameh

Program Analyst

Paschal Adikaibe

Position: Program Analyst
Categories: Corporate Service Team

Paschal Adikaibe has over 5 years of industrial experience in the forefront of agribusiness. Holding a First-Class Honors degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from Imo State University, Nigeria, and a Master’s in Agribusiness with Summa Cum Laude honors from Diponegoro University, Indonesia. Paschal combines academic excellence with a global perspective in agriculture. Further enriching his expertise, he earned industry-based certificates from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, focusing on Food Systems.

In Sahel Consulting, Paschal is primarily supporting Early Generation Seed Companies in Nigeria and Seed Entrepreneurs in the roots and tubers seed system to build and expand their business operation. His diverse interests span seed systems, clean energy for rural development, and advocating for youth and women inclusivity in agriculture. He believes in the transformative power of diversity and equal opportunities. His commitment extends to promoting sustainable agriculture and strategically balancing economic viability with social and environmental responsibility.

Paschal’s journey exemplifies unwavering dedication to excellence and innovation, making him a key player in shaping the future of agriculture in Nigeria and beyond. His unique blend of academic achievements, international exposure, and hands-on experience positions him as a driving force in advancing sustainable agricultural practices.

Paschal Adikaibe has over 5 years of industrial experience in...

Paschal Adikaibe

Program Analyst

Bashir Kukoyi

Position: Analyst, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning
Categories: Project Team

Bashir’s expertise includes result-based monitoring and evaluation, development project management, and proposal design. Over the past five (5) years, he has been involved in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems for projects that utilize grassroots CDD approaches to address issues of poverty, market, power, diversity, exclusion, participation, and gender. Major interventions he has worked on include; food & nutrition security, climate change adaptation, rural financing, and small-scale business development programs, among others.

At Sahel, Bashir’s work is focused on catalyzing a vibrant and integrated dairy sector in an inclusive way that improves the livelihoods, productivity, nutrition, and empowerment of smallholder women dairy farmers and the communities in which they live. He is passionate about working with others, particularly to propose and conduct studies that provide insights for formative, adaptive, and retrospective programming.

Other Organizations he had worked with in the past include; Oxfam International (European Union’s Pro-resilience Action project), the World Bank (Covid-19 Action Recovery & Economic Stimulus program) and Sky Capital and Financial Allied Int’l Ltd. Bashir graduated from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta with first-class honours.

Bashir’s expertise includes result-based monitoring and evaluation, development project management,...

Bashir Kukoyi

Analyst, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning

Edima Etudor

Position: Communication Analyst
Categories: Project Team

At Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited, Edima Etudor works on the Collaborative Seed Programme (CSP). In addition to providing technical assistance and facilitating stakeholder engagement, She supports program implementation through content curation on programme activities and strategic marketing and sales of seeds across digital platforms.

Edima is passionate about using modern mass media tools to educate the public on current digital trends and how they can incorporate them into their businesses. She holds a Media and Communication Studies degree from Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria, focusing on public relations, advertising, and digital marketing.

Edima has completed several courses with Google, including the “Digital Skills for Africa Certification” in 2018, which covered building a web presence, using analytics to track web traffic, and best practices in content marketing strategy and the use of ad campaigns. She also obtained the “Google Ads Display Certification” in 2020, which covered campaign strategy, growing business with Google Ads, and messaging strategy for effectiveness.

At Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited, Edima Etudor works...

Edima Etudor

Communication Analyst

Wisdom Ezechi

Position: Program Analyst
Categories: Project Team

Wisdom Ezechi is a research enthusiast passionate about developing Africa’s agricultural sector. He has specific expertise and interest in root and tuber crop research, project implementation, community development, farmers’ engagements, and youth leadership. Wisdom has been part of many multistakeholder partnerships that drive change within the agribusiness sector.

At Sahel Consulting, Wisdom works closely with stakeholders to catalyze a vibrant seed sector by improving farmers’ access to affordable and quality-assured seeds in demand by local processor markets. In addition to his work in the seed sector, Wisdom is involved in strengthening the technical and institutional capacity of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development to formulate and implement innovative and inclusive policies that will increase the productivity and income of poor farmers, create job opportunities, and foster an improved livelihood for millions of smallholder farmers, particularly women and youth.

Wisdom holds a Bachelor of Agriculture in Agronomy from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. He has pursued additional courses and obtained certifications in Transformation of the Global Food System, and Food System E-course offered by Wageningen University and Research. He is also a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Center (YALI RLC), and a Sahel Scholar.

Wisdom Ezechi is a research enthusiast passionate about developing Africa’s...

Wisdom Ezechi

Program Analyst

Zayyad Bello

Position: Program Analyst
Categories: Project Team

Zayyad has over 5 years of experience in Management Consulting and Finance. He currently serves as a Programme Analyst at Sahel Consulting where he works on the CSP programme. Zayyad supports the implementation of the Variety Release and Institutional Markets topics of the CSP programme. He conducts research, stakeholder engagement and provides technical support in planning and programme implementation. With a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics (In View) from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and a First-Class undergraduate degree in Agricultural Economics and Extension from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi. He is a registered member of Farm Management Association of Nigeria (FAMAN).

Prior to joining Sahel Consulting, Zayyad had previously worked with SCIDaR (Solina Centre for International Development and Research) as a Programme Analyst under the ACTION Plus Up Programme during his National Youth Service. He has also worked with FirstBank Nigeria Limited under the bank’s Branch Operations and Services Group (BOSG) in a number of the bank’s branches in FCT.

Zayyad brings a strong educational background, a deep understanding of agricultural systems and professional experience to drive desired impact.

Zayyad has over 5 years of experience in Management Consulting...

Zayyad Bello

Program Analyst

Abisola Fashina

Position: Analyst, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning
Categories: Project Team

Abisola is a seasoned Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst, wielding experience and a fervent passion for instigating positive change within the agricultural sector. A graduate with honors in Agricultural Economics from the esteemed Obafemi Awolowo University, coupled with a Master’s degree from Ahmadu Bello University, she is a valuable team member within the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Department. Her current focus lies within the Advancing Local Dairy Development in Nigeria (ALDDN) project, a ground breaking initiative set on catalysing a robust and vibrant dairy sector. Abisola’s expertise lies in her unique ability to transform data into actionable insights, guiding decision-making processes with clarity and precision amidst the complexities of the agricultural landscape.

Her professional tapestry prior to Sahel Consulting, is adorned with significant achievements working with project teams under the auspices of the Mastercard Foundation and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa while working at an indigenous Seed Company. Beyond her analytical acumen, Abisola takes on a pivotal role in co-leading the Sahel Scholars Program. Here, she passionately endeavours to inspire the next generation to perceive agriculture not just as a viable livelihood but as an innovative and rewarding profession. For Abisola, the transformational power of the youth is paramount, propelling her on a mission to bridge generational gaps and cultivate a renewed appreciation for the indispensable role of agriculture in our collective future.

Abisola is a seasoned Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst, wielding experience...

Abisola Fashina

Analyst, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning

James Amailo

Position: Analyst
Categories: Project Team

James Amailo is an Analyst at Sahel with over 5 years of experience in Management Consulting and Finance. At Sahel, he supports programs that promote sustainable agriculture in Africa by conducting in-depth market research on key value chains, developing strategies, organizing convenings, and providing training programs.

Before Sahel, he worked as an operations analyst with ARM Investment Managers and Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited where he worked on various system automation projects and other risk reduction and business improvement strategies.

He is a graduate of Economics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) and received a certificate in Financial Modelling and Valuation Analyst (CFI).

James Amailo is an Analyst at Sahel with over 5...

James Amailo

Analyst

Olayemi Salako

Position: Admin Assistant
Categories: Corporate Service Team

Olayemi Salako is an administrative enthusiast who is passionate about management development and growth. Currently, he works as an administrative assistant at Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited. Olayemi has proven his ability to work in complex, diverse team structures, carry out multiple tasks, and work with high autonomy. He is committed to youth development, capacity building, and high leadership skills. Olayemi possesses excellent skills in cross-cultural relations, crisis management, and team building. He excels in effective communication skills, presentation skills, public speaking, management, and digital marketing.

At Sahel Consulting Agriculture and Nutrition Limited, Olayemi supports executives, managers, and other staff members in daily administrative tasks. He is also responsible for handling confidential and sensitive information and ensuring smooth communication between team members, departments, and external stakeholders.

Olayemi has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and has pursued additional professional courses. He has obtained communications and interpersonal relations certifications at the Nigerian Institute of Management and Digital Marketing.

Olayemi Salako is an administrative enthusiast who is passionate about...

Olayemi Salako

Admin Assistant