Sunday Abogonye Ochoche has over 30 years’ experience in the UN system, government and academia. Between 2006 and 2013, he served with the United Nations as Senior Political Affairs Officer in the UN Missions in Sierra Leone and Darfur, Sudan; Senior Policy Advisor with the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) of the UNDP, New York; and Director of Political Affairs at the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), Mogadishu.
From 2000 to 2006 he was Director General/Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), The Presidency, Abuja, Nigeria, in which capacity he also served as Adviser to the President on Conflict Management in Africa. He was Associate Professor of Political Science and Defence Studies at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, Nigeria. He also served as Deputy Director Military Strategy/Directing Staff and, later, Director of Research and Publications at the Nigerian War (now Defence) College, Abuja. He taught Political Science at the University of Jos, Nigeria, from 1983 to 1993 and was SSRC-MacArthur Individual Visiting Fellow to the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, Brighton, England in 1987.
In 2002, he headed a 4-Nation ECOWAS Team to Investigate the Matter Between Guinea Bissau and Gambia. He was a member of the Nigeria-led ECOWAS high level team that mediated in the conflict between General Mane and President Vierra of Guinea Bissau in 1998; and member of the National Committee for the drafting of Nigeria’s Defense Policy, 1997. He serves as Advisor to International Conflict and Security (INCAS) Consulting, London.
Sunday Ochoche was a Post-doctoral Fellow of the SSRC-MacArthur Foundation in International Peace and Security Studies, at the Gen Matthew B. Ridgway Centre for International Security Studies, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA. He holds PhD (1983) and M.A. (1981) degrees in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, England and B.A. (1977) in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the War College (fwc).
Nana Tanko joined the Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism as Director of Operations having built a career in the Academia and International Development. She has over ten years’ experience with one of the leading Global Foundations, the George Soros Network of Foundations, the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) serving as Executive Director based in Dakar, Senegal, with responsibility of overseeing a range of program themes in Governance and Human Rights, in eighteen countries in Africa. Before rising to the top of OSIWA’s hierarchy, she served as Board Member and the Director of the Nigeria Country Office. Her work at OSIWA included strategic leadership, overseeing grant making, partnership development and management, facilitating engagement with the Foundation’s stakeholders, and, supervising its advocacy and policy work, as well as, a multidisciplinary team of program staff.
She had, after serving with OSIWA, returned to continue her career in the academic/research by concurrently holding the positions of Professor in the Sociology Department of Bingham University and as Co-Founder/ Head of Research and Training African Policy Research Institute where she built on her previously extensive experience which had started in the University of Jos, before later moving on to the University of Abuja in Nigeria. Nana’s research focus covers a range of issues particularly Reproductive Health, Gender, Population and African Development. She has written extensively in these areas. She had earlier in her career served as the Executive Director of the Nigerian Women Empowerment Network (NAWENO), an NGO with a mission of promoting the welfare of women in Africa. Nana has also worked as a Consultant to several Government Departments and Agencies as well as Development Partners at the Multilateral and Bilateral levels.
Nana holds a Doctorate Degree in Development with Specialization in Population and Gender Studies from the School of Development Studies of the University of East Anglia, Norwich England. She also holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Demography from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London and an Honors Degree in Sociology from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria.
Hamza Mohammed Onotu He has Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the International Islamic University Malaysia and University of Maiduguri respectively. He garnered 10 years progressive working experience in the private sector and in the academia as a lecturer in the University of Bangkok, Thailand and as a Research assistant in the research Policy Unit of International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Malaysia.
Emmanuel Ojo has 17 years work experience in policy advocacy, civil society, human rights and gender programming. He joined The Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism as Programme Officer Internally Displaced Persons. Emmanuel studied Sociology/Anthropology and is on the Board of Trustees Ohonyeta Care Givers Benue State. He has developed his career in various non-governmental organisations.
Oyewale Odunaye Sunday is the Programme Officer Internal Audit. A seasoned chartered accountant and certified forensic accountant with over 23 years experience, he has worked with 6 different organisations in the accounts and audit departments. Oyewale has a BSc accounting, an MSc in Finance and an LLB in view. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Taxation Institute.
Elias Offor holds an LLM in international Law from the University of Turin Italy and an LLB in law. He has worked in security organisations, financial organisations, private sector and also in the academic arena. Elias has also undergone training with the United Nations in Human Rights and Humanitarian Relief Strategies. Apart from lecturing, Elias who is 11 years post-bar has also worked in legal chambers. He is in the Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism as the Programme Officer Legal.
Rotkatmwa Gokum joined VSF with 11 years experience. She has worked in the public sector, private sector and telecommunications. Rotkatmwa developed her career in corporate communications but also had brief period in a financial institution where she honed her skills in customer service and data gathering. Rotkatmwa is the Programme Officer Public Information.
Sylvia Fatu Amali is the Programme Assistant Administration/ Human Resources. With an MA in International Human Resources from Manchester Metropolitan University and BA English, She brings over 11 years work experience from several private sector organisations and has also worked as a volunteer in a UK charity organisation. Sylvia is an associate member Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) UK.
Hauwa Machunga is the Programme Assistant Psychosocial Support. She holds a BSc in Psychology from Covenant University. Hauwa has worked at the Institute of Human Virology Abuja, Isaac Balami Foundation and had a brief stint with Westwood Park School before joining VSF. Hauwa has been in leadership and is a freelance writer.
Terhemba Ayu is an accountant with a 7 year track record of financial management. He holds an MSc in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Bradford UK and a BSc in Economics. He has worked with government, private sector and charity organisations in United Kingdom. Terhemba is the Programme Assistant Account/Finance.
Ima-obong Ibekwe brings to VSF, over six years’ experience from the financial sector. She graduated from the University of Calabar with BSc Marketing and has an advanced diploma in Human resources from the London Academy Business School. Ima-obong has also attended several international courses on human resources, is a graduate member of Nigerian Institute of Management and has an MBA in view. Ima-obong is the Program Assistant administration/Human resources.
Nneka Chukwuemeka has worked for over three years in Non-governmental organisations and has also volunteered for several charity organisations in Nigeria and UK. She has an MSc in International Health from the University of Leeds and a BSc in Biology Education. Nneka has also undergone training in several international organisations. Nneka is the Programme Assistant Women Children and Aged.
Pirmah Rimdans the Programme Assistant Research has worked for six years holding various positions in some private and public sector organisations. A graduate of International Relations from the United States International University- Africa Kenya, Pirmah has also undergone training on monitoring and evaluation, citizenship and leadership and entrepreneurship.
Theophilus Emmanuel is the Programme Assistant Grants Management. Prior to joining VSF, Theophilus garnered more than 5 years experience in Project Management and Consulting across different organizations. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI, USA; an Associate Member of the Institute of Strategic Management and also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Financial and Investment Analyst, Nigeria (CIFIAN).