Prof. John O. IGUE is the new Board Chair of the Institute. He is a citizen of Benin and Professor of Geography at the Former National University of Benin (renamed University of Abomey Calavi) and General Director of West Africa Institute in Cape Verde. He has recently assumed the responsibilities of Scientific Director of Laboratoire d’Analyse Régionale et d’Expertise Sociale (LARES) (1989-2011), Advisor of The Sahelian and West African Club – OECD – Paris. Previously, he was the Benin Minister of Industry and Small scale and Medium Enterprises from 1998-2001 and Dean of Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences of National University of Benin from 1978-1981. He has published extensively and has worked with regional bodies in West Africa.
Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, Ghanaian, currently serves as the Executive Director of WACSI. Until September 2010, she was the Regional Policy Advisor for IBIS West Africa. She also served as the Country Coordinator for OSIWA-Nigeria from January 2006-2008.
Démis Roque Silva de Sousa LOBO ALMEIDA (born on 01. 08. 1984) is a citizen of Cape Verde. He is a lawyer, legal advisor and University lecturer. He was Minister of the Presidency of the Cape Verdean Council of Ministers, headed by the Media Sector and Government Spokesman (from September 2014 to April 2016) and, in accumulation, Minister of Youth, Employment and Human Resources Development, responsible for the Labor, Family and Social Affairs sectors (from January to April 2016)
Raki Ben Mohamed was a financial controller. She has 15 years of experience in corporate finance in the industry in France and Germany. She is now in Niger as an entrepreneur, she launched her company not long ago. She has a strong interest in International Relations. Within that frame, She went back to university few months ago for a master in International Relations with a focus on conflicts in Sahel.
Ambassador William Azumah Awinador-Kanyirige, is a Ghanaian retired career diplomat who served with 31 years’ experience.
He was Ghana’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Permanent Representative to the African Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa( July 2017/May2018); High Commissioner of Ghana to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and concurrently accredited to the Republic of Cameroon, as well as Permanent Representative to ECOWAS (September 2014 to June 2017).
He also served in various capacities at both the Foreign Ministry (notably as Chief of Protocol, Director Africa & AU, Chef de Cabinet on two occasions to two different Ministers) and posted to a number of Diplomatic Missions abroad, including, a secondment to ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, as Chief of Staff (2002-2008), and a prior secondment as District Secretary (District Chief Executive) in Bolgatanga, Ghana (1987-89).
Abiana Nelson is a Ghanaian. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor with nineteen years of experience in the provision of auditing, accountancy and business solutions. Countries she has worked in include Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, United States of America, and Bangladesh. She has sixteen years of experience with Price Waterhouse Coopers. The first eleven years of which were spent in the Assurance line of service. She took a three year break in 2005 during which she was the West Africa Regional Audit Manager for World Vision International, a global non governmental organisation. She returned to Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2008 and joined the Advisory line of service where she provides financial and risk management services to clients.
Mrs. Ayodeji Fajemirokun, is an Electrical Engineer and a technology consultant to many donor agencies and government para-statals. She is the Director General of Easyduzit Groupe; an Information Communication and Technology firm, located in the Republic of Benin and in Nigeria. She is also a strong advocate for regional integration and development especially amongst women entrepreneurs. She initiated various programmes such as OAWEF and ECOTIC that brought together businesses and women in all the fifteen ECOWAS Countries.
Mrs. Ayodeji Fajemirokun is the Executive Director of OAK Centre, Benin where she dedicates her time to promoting family values, unity and core purpose through education, entertainment and recreation.
She brings to the WACSI board her extensive experience in shared governance, grants development, fundraising, strategic planning and resources allocation.
Carl Manlan is the Chief Operating Officer of the Ecobank Foundation. He is an economist with over ten years of experience in health, finance and project implementation.
He has worked with communities across Africa and developed systems to improve public health financing, mainly at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Carl worked with the Economic Commission for Africa as a Mo Ibrahim Fellow and with the African Union and New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) on a private sector initiative to assist the African Union fight Ebola in West Africa
Moussiliou ALIDOU is Agronomist (food science and nutrition), Process Facilitator, Gestalt Organization & Systems Development Practitioner and Gender & Diversity Consultant. Before becoming Consultant, he worked successively as technical assistant, project coordinator and program officer, respectively for SNV (NL) and AFRICARE (USA) at various levels (local, intermediate, national and international level), supporting organizations in many sectors, in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation projects and strengthening their capacities. ALIDOU Moussiliou has a good understanding of CSO in many African countries and has consistent experiences in promoting good governance within CSO and strengthening their capacity in lobbying and advocacy, advisory practice & coaching, leadership, teambuilding and team learning to play their role in local & national governance and development. As consultant, he developed significant cooperation with several institutions such as World Bank, GiZ, Swiss cooperation, UN Agencies, CARE International, IFDC, Enabel, ICCO, HELVETAS, PLAN international, Governmental Institutions, and many National NGOs, and he has partnered with many International consultancy firms around the world, etc.