Godwin Nwabunka (Ph.D.) - CEO

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Dr. Nwabunka holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Gregorian University Rome, Italy. He served the United Nations System for Development for about 20 years. Between 1990 and 2000, he was Programme Analyst and Team Leader for the Employment and Livelihood Team, UNDP. Dr. Nwabunka is a committed, well trained and experienced microfinance practitioner and development manager. As pioneer manager of the UNDP MicroStart programme (1996 – 2000), he guided UNDP in identifying and contracting ASA Bangladesh, the fastest growing microfinance institution in the world as International Technical Service Provider (ITSP) to midwife and nurture the growth of microfinance in Nigeria. The initiative contributed significantly to the impressive performance of the three market leaders – LAPO, Benin City, DEC Bauchi, and Centre for Grassroots Economic Empowerment {CGEE} formerly JPDC, Ijebu-Ode. He has participated in various microfinance professional trainings in Harvard University, University of Colorado and Bangladesh among others. Dr. Nwabunka also managed UNDP’s programmes for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector and Urban Informal Sector, with focus on leveraging resources from the private sector for enterprise development.

He was central to the development of the pilot programme on community driven development and skill acquisition as a strategy for improving livelihoods and expanding opportunities for employment at the grassroots. From 2000 to 2009, he was Programme Specialist, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at UNICEF, Lagos and effectively led the office (operational and programme teams comprising some 48 international and national staff members) on several occasions as Officer-in-Charge. He was active in advocating, advising and assisting the 8 States in the Field Office to develop and implement policies and programmes of action for children, increasing social sector budgeting and spending and defining benchmarks for monitoring results. In 2006, Dr. Nwabunka was seconded to the UNICEF Banjul, The Gambia on short term as the national Programme Coordinator where he pioneered the reorganization of the National programme strategy for more effective coverage, and outreach to the communities. He brings a wealth of experience to Grooming Centre.

 

 

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He was central to the development of the pilot programme on community driven development and skill acquisition as a strategy for improving livelihoods and expanding opportunities for employment at the grassroots.

      From 2000 to 2009, he was Programme Specialist, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at UNICEF, Lagos and effectively led the office (operational and programme teams comprising some 48 international and national staff members) on several occasions as Officer-in-Charge. He was active in advocating, advising and assisting the 8 States in the Field Office to develop and implement policies and programmes of action for children, increasing social sector budgeting and spending and defining benchmarks for monitoring results. In 2006, Dr. Nwabunka was seconded to the UNICEF Banjul, The Gambia on short term as the national Programme Coordinator where he pioneered the reorganization of the National programme strategy for more effective coverage, and outreach to the communities. He brings a wealth of experience to Grooming Centre.

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