Tenacious and dedicated professional eager to contribute academic credentials, international experience, and coalition-building expertise toward supporting a dynamic organization in achieving objectives.
Proven skills in business development, research, analysis, grant-writing, and fundraising.
Considerable personnel leadership and relationship-building proficiency; able to assemble, motivate and mentor productive, ambitious, and committed team members.
Adept at exploring, identifying, pursuing and securing funding sources.
Broad experience in program and project planning, management, implementation and evaluation.
Outstanding blend of supervisory, decision making, organizational and communication skills.
Computer skills include Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access), Corel WordPerfect, and Adobe Acrobat.
Masters of Arts in Gender Studies and Development, University College London, London, England, 2006
Master s Thesis: Empowerment Strategies For Women In Developing Countries
Bachelor of Arts in Women Studies (concentration in Global Economics), Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 2001
Center for Professional Services, Georgetown University, Washington DC, 2007
- Project Management Fundamentals; Resource Management
Foundation Center, Washington DC, 2006
- Grant Seeking Basics; Proposal Writing Seminar; How To Approach A Foundation
Awards & Scholarships:
Charles B. Ray Scholar Student of Color Leadership Award Wesleyan Leadership Award
Chemonics International Inc., Washington, DC, 2007 to 2008
Demonstrated exemplary multi-tasking expertise in driving efficient projects through administrative backstopping, procurement of materials and equipment, contractual and financial oversight, problem solving, and technical support.
Authored proposals for USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) in direct support of new business initiatives.
Conducted in-depth background research, analysis, and cost assessments to scrutinize business opportunities for financial risk and profitability.
Steered consistent budget adherence by closely tracking project spending inclusive of field office expenses, subcontractor invoices and Chemonics' invoices to USAID.
Completed financial and administrative audits at field office for two closing projects.
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Professional Experience continued
Backstopped $30M USAID Markets project in Nigeria and $9M USAID Famine Early Warning Systems (FEWS) initiative in Haiti.
Applied polished organizational strengths toward compiling and presenting project data and results on company s website.
As Regional Representative for Gender Practice, diligently ensured gender was considered and incorporated in proposals and projects within Africa region.
Women and a New Orientation (WANO), Abuja, Nigeria, 2005 to 2007
Proactively established NGO (non-governmental organization) to assist young women in career development and in launching and sustaining profitable businesses; successfully led 70%+ of clients to achieve significant increases in business/financial performance.
Spearheaded efforts to assist five women in securing bank loans exceeding one million naira ($10,000).
Designed and deployed 16 additional development projects and programs encompassing empowerment, micro credit for rural women s employment creation, community development, and safe homes for street children and women.
Instituted and led networking forums for women with similar interests and assisted over 35 women in securing internships and employment.
Orchestrated fundraising campaign in cooperation with other NGOs and government agencies to raise money for widows and single mothers.
Participated in female gubernatorial campaign by writing campaign literature, performing strategy planning, conducting research, and generating five million naira ($50,000) in donations.
Resourcefully designed micro credit scheme and scholarship projects to empower Igbo women.
Nigerlink Consulting, London, United Kingdom & Abuja, Nigeria, 2003 to 2005
Senior Project Manager (Business Development Manager)
Leveraged strong planning capabilities to arrange conferences, meetings and events in England, Spain, South Africa, The Netherlands and France, and oversaw travel logistics for company executives.
Conducted market research, assembled proposals, formulated marketing strategy, and prepared memos, reports and confidential business correspondence.
Served as primary liaison between company, vendors, government agencies and NGOs.
Planned and executed special events to elevate public awareness of consulting firm and generate interest from potential clients.
Exhibited excellent leadership attributes in training, mentoring, and directing junior staff.
Federal Ministry Of Finance, Abuja, Nigeria, 2002 to 2003
- Completed National Youth Service assignment supporting Deputy Director.
- Analyzed and prepared reports, briefings, memos, and meeting agendas and minutes.
Public Affairs Center, Middletown, CT, 1997 to 2001
- Merged troubleshooting, technical, and interpersonal skills to support Wesleyan University staff and students in swiftly resolving computer problems.
- Proficiently maintained desktops, printers, scanners, and peripherals.
Earlier experience includes internships at Chase Manhattan Bank, Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, New York, summers of 1997, 1998 and 1999.
Women Coordinator, Delta State Association, Abuja
National Youth Service Coordinator Team Leader
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