2. Godwin Nwabunka (Ph.D.) Secretary


Development expert and Microfinance professional. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from Gregorian University, Rome. He served the United Nations System for 19 years in various managerial capacities. Between 1990 and 2000, he held various professional positions at the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP.

As pioneer manager of the UNDP assisted MicroStart programme, he guided the identification and contracting of ASA Bangladesh to promote best practice in microfinance and financial intermediation for the poor in Nigeria which led to the emergence of three market leaders – LAPO (Benin City, Edo State), DEC (Bauchi State), and Centre for Grassroots Economic Empowerment (CGEE, previously known as JPDC, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State).

Dr. Nwabunka is well trained and has attended professional microfinance trainings at Harvard University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Bangladesh Management Institute among others. From 2000 to 2009, he was Programme Specialist, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, at UNICEF, Lagos and effectively led the office (operational and programme team) on several occasions as Officer-in-Charge.

In 2006, Dr. Nwabunka was seconded to the UNICEF Banjul, The Gambia as the National Programme Coordinator. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Grooming Centre and after retiring from the United Nations in July 2009, has been focusing exclusively on the strategic growth and rapid expansion of Grooming Centre’s services.


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2. Godwin Nwabunka (Ph.D.) Secretary

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