Prof. Nana Tanko serves as Executive Director Victims Support Fund (VSF) responsible for all accounting, operational and administrative operations of VSF. She is vastly experienced in development and humanitarian work and has a solid background in academics following years of continuous engagement in Teaching and Research in several Universities.
Prior to her appointment as the Executive Director, Prof. Tanko served as Director of Programme Victims Support Fund for five and half years, leading the formulation and implementation of thematic interventions to recover and rebuild the lives of victims of insurgency and armed conflict to restore hope and stability. She came to VSF after co-founding the set-up of the African Policy Research (Katampe Hill) Institute (APRI) as an independent think tank committed to TRUTH as the basis for expanding the boundaries of the application of knowledge to policymaking in African development. Prof Tanko worked for over ten years with the United States headquartered, George Soros Network of Foundations, specifically, with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) based in Dakar, Senegal as Executive Director. Before rising to the top of OSIWA’s hierarchy, she served as Board Member and the Director of the Nigeria Country Office. She has built her career in Academia and International Development. She has still maintained her first love – teaching – as she concurrently holds the position of Professor in the Department of Sociology at Bingham University Abuja.
Through the years, Prof. Tanko has been a Gender Activist and an advocate for a strong Civil Society and has held leadership positions in several Civil Society Networks and Organizations. She has also worked as a Consultant to several Government Departments and Agencies, as well as Development Partners at the Multilateral and Bilateral levels in development programme/policy formulation and implementation with a strong emphasis on people-centred strategies and community-driven development.
Prof. Tanko 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.
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.
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.