HRH. Oba Adedokun Abolarin, The Orangun of Oke-Ila Chairman
First class Traditional Leader, Educationist and Constitutional Lawyer. He holds two Bachelors degrees in Political Science and Law and Masters degrees in International Relations and Law, all from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He was the Senior Partner at Dokun Abolarin Barristers and Solicitors, a member of Editorial Board of Nigeria Tribune Newspapers for many years and Solicitor to The Nigerian Tell Magazine. He was also a Special Adviser to the Senate President of Nigeria on Legal Matters and later the Constitutional Lawyer to the Nigeria Senate. Since ascending the throne as the Orangun of Oke-Ila in 2006, he has concentrated his effort at improving governance at grassroots level and educating the people.
Despite the onerous task of governance as a first class King, he is actively involved in promoting knowledge management through regular public and academic lectures.
Godwin Nwabunka is an experienced development manager with a passion for empowering the poor. He is a social entrepreneur, children and women’s rights advocate and a strong believer in balancing social, economic and cultural factors in development. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from the prestigious Gregorian University, Rome, Italy and professional certifications from Harvard University, The Boulder Institute, and the Centre for Development Management, Rajendrapur. He is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, and an Accion Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) Africa Board Fellow. He served the United Nations System for over 18 years at various professional levels in Nigeria and abroad. He founded Grooming People for Better Livelihood Centre, a global Tier 1 microfinance institution in 2006 as a commitment to the empowerment of the poor through sustainable financial intermediation, and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since 2009.
Dr. Noel Ihebuzor is a distinguished development expert, educationist, poet and counselor. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Leeds, and a Masters degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of York. With over 30 years experience, Dr. Ihebuzor has been responsible for designing and managing programmes in education, social development policy, community development and results-based management on a global scale for world-leading organisations. He has provided technical, managerial and advisory services to government agencies and officials in program formulation, monitoring, and evaluation. He was Head of Community Development Planning at Shell Nigeria, National Project Officer, UNESCO and a former Director of Research in the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council of the Federal Ministry of Education of Nigeria. He was Country Chief of Education, UNICEF in Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia, as well as Chief of Field Office of UNICEF, Lagos. He sits on many boards, including the Governing Council of Grooming People for Better Livelihood Centre, and is an Accion Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) Africa Board Fellow. He brings all of this experience to the Board of Grooming Microfinance Bank Limited.
Adaobi Okafor is a highly qualified Accountant, with strong academic background, practical accounting experience and proficiency in UK GAAP and IFRS. She has a passion for excellence derived from extensive experience in company finance with fast growth companies. She has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (Nigeria), The Salvation Army (UK) London and Tate & Lyle PLC London. She implemented, integrated and managed all aspects of the London 2012 Olympics online retail sales. She then became Group Financial Controller at Tryzens UK in 2015 before joining Futerra Sustainability Communications, United Kingdom as Financial Controller in 2016. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, an Accion Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) Africa Board Fellow and sat on the Governing Council of Grooming People for Better Livelihood Centre, a foremost microfinance institution in Nigeria, before joining the Board of Grooming Microfinance Bank Limited.
Adesoji Tayo is a vastly experienced development manager and community development specialist. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Information with a specialization in Microfinance, as well as a first degree in Economics and Master degrees in Business Administration and Information Science. He previously served the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria for over 14 years in different professional positions, designing community development programmes and promoting participatory learning approaches in mobilizing communities and communicating for positive change. Dr. Tayo has also co-authored two books on Social Development Planning and Building Community Capacity for Participatory Development. Since 2009, he has been providing leadership in the strategic positioning and growth of Grooming Centre as its Executive Director. He is an Accion Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) Africa Board Fellow as well as a full distinction Microfinance Certified Banker of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Nigeria.
Mr. Enyinnah is a seasoned microfinance disciple with over 15 years continuous involvement in hardcore banking and promotion of microfinance, and has been exposed to international best practices in microfinance delivery in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Before joining Grooming Microfinance Bank Limited, he was Programme Director at Grooming People for Better Livelihood Centre, a global Tier 1 microfinance institution. Prior to that, he worked with ASA Bangladesh as the National Technical Service Provider to the UNDP MicroStart project and later consultant to UNDP on consolidating the gains of the MicroStart project. He holds a Master’s degree in Banking & Finance from the University of Siena, Italy, and has received various trainings in microfinance worldwide. He was elected as a delegate to the World Microcredit Summit in Bangladesh in 2004, and was also a member of the 10-man advisory board for UNDP, National Planning Commission and Central Bank of Nigeria on Microfinance. He was also the Vice President of African Microfinance Transparency (AMT). He is also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International, and an Accion Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) Africa Board Fellow.
Mrs. Omachefu holds a Bachelors degree in Banking and Finance from Ambrose Alli University and a Masters degree from Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho. She commenced her microfinance practice through extensive training and association with LAPO, a leading MF market player and was a pioneer member of Grooming Centre. Since 2010, she has attended several training programs on Microfinance and Risk Management within and outside Nigeria, attaining certification in Risk Management from the University of New Hampshire in conjunction with the Sustainable Micro-enterprise Development Program in Ghana. She is also a certified Enterprise Risk Manager (CERM) and a member of the International Academy of Business and Financial Management. Within 2013-2014, she has undergone professional training in International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) and is an awardee of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and the Microfinance Certificate Program (MCP).
Veterinary doctor, educationist and Rotarian; He has over 15 years of public service experience in agriculture and animal health and care. He is presently the Managing Director, Chief Executive of Yam Farms Nigeria Limited and Pestajid Nigeria Limited. He is also the Chairman of Dorbis Group of Schools, Ojoo Lagos and former Rotary President of Rotary Gbagada, Lagos. He was Special Adviser to the Minister for Works, and later Special Adviser to the Minister for Communications of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is a businessman of repute and a strong grassroots mobilizer.
Mr. Frank Odoemenam is a Microfinance Consultant and a Researcher at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, where he is completing a PhD programme in Microfinance and Microenterprises Development. Mr. Odoemenam holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and a Masters degree in Development Policy and Planning. He has been actively involved in Microfinance Practice and Research for about 8 years covering many parts of Africa including Nigeria, Senegal, The Gambia, and Cameroon. He is an associate member of the European Microfinance Platform, a forum which brings together major investors and practitioners of microfinance in Europe. Mr. Odoemenam also serves as Board member of Umuchukwu Microfinance Bank Ltd, where he assisted in the conversion of the bank from a community bank to a regulated Microfinance Bank. He doubles as Grooming Centre's representative in Europe and America.