BOARD OF TRUSTEES – currently has three members. Steps are being initiated to expand the board to bring on more diverse knowledge, expertise and networks. Current trustees include:
Dr Charity K. Chenge (formerly Usifoh, Nwude)
Charity is a Public Health Physician, Entrepreneur and Co-founder of the Centre for Health Systems Support. Her interest in Public Health was ignited in 1998 when she served as a volunteer in an Adolescent Reproductive Health programme, in an urban slum in Lagos State, Nigeria. Since then, she has amassed twenty years of progressive experience spanning international, national and sub national roles. She has worked with, and led teams of professionals in collaborative partnerships to deliver results in Public Health Initiatives.
Her career has spanned global health, including significant work in Nigeria and Switzerland. In Geneva, at the headquarters office of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, , she led a team that developed and implemented tools enabling countries to apply for millions of dollars in health systems strengthening resources from the Global Fund. While there, she also led the initiative that established structured engagement between Technical Partners (WHO, Stop TB partnership, UNAIDS, Roll Back Malaria) and the Global Fund’s Technical Review Panel (TRP). This strengthened the dialogue on emerging global evidence (on the 3 diseases) ahead of technical review of country proposals to the Global Fund. At the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, she managed multiple portfolios of PEPFAR-supported implementing partners delivering HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment services in Nigeria. In 2007, she co-led Nigeria’s successful roll out of the Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV using dried blood spots, and received an award in recognition of her role in this initiative. From a pilot then of 1 lab site & 6 clinical sites, the country now has 17 lab and 6,227 clinical sites resulting in earlier testing, care and treatment for thousands of HIV exposed infants in underserved Nigerian communities. At the Catholic Relief Services, an International Development & Relief Agency, she served as the pioneer team leader of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) project in Nigeria, successfully establishing systems, providing thought leadership and managing human, material and financial resources, resulting in the provision of care and support services for thousands of underserved children and their families in eight Nigerian states.
As advisor to a former Nigerian minister of state for health (Dr Mohammad Pate) she played a significant role in strengthening the Program Delivery Unit of the Saving One Million Lives Initiative (SOML) which has now evolved into a vital performance-driven platform to improve health outcomes in thirty six Nigerian states. In consultative role to wife of Nigeria’s serving president, she led the development of performance monitoring frameworks and fact sheets for RMNCAH advocacy driven by this high level opinion leader. These tools were presented in Oct2017 to wives of Nigerian state governors to facilitate their roles as RMNCAH Advocates in their respective states.
Charity views health as a development issue! Armed with hands-on field experiences, she recognizes the need for vigorous sub-national engagement, data-driven planning, and innovative multi-sectoral approaches to achieve results in public health initiatives. Her current interests and work focus on i) ending preventable sickness and deaths in women and children; ii) strengthening the role of youths in health and development; iii) supporting health systems at all levels and building community resilience, iv) facilitating human capacity development towards strengthening public health stewardship to deliver sustained improvements in health outcomes, v) Promoting health diplomacy for improved health outcomes.
In pursuit of her mission to strengthen the role of youths in improving the health and development of communities, she initiated the PY4H initiative (Partnering with Youths 4 Health). This flagship program of the centre deploys a structured approach to identify, equip, mentor, assist and fund young people to implement development projects in targeted communities. Through PY4H, the centre builds and nurtures a pipeline of young social change agents.
Dr Chenge received her medical training at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. She has a Master’s in Public Health from the same institution and also holds a Masters of Science in ‘Health Policy, Planning and Financing’ from the London School of Economics (LSE) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), both of the University of London. She is also certified in Entrepreneurial Management.
George I. Chima, MBA CPA
George holds a bachelors’ degree in business administration (major/minor – Accounting/Labor Economics) from California State University, Los Angeles, CA and an MBA from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is also a Chartered Accountant (USA). Life (and living) continues to be a significant source of learning to him.
His career encompasses 24+ years in real estate development and telecom industries. 17+ years of international operations experience (including 12+ years in executive management) with demonstrable achievement record in financial planning, risk management, compliance, systems, process and capital optimization. His portfolio of operations spanned 23 countries; invested capital and net income (to Parent Company) were approximately $11 billion and $2.5 billion respectively (denominated in different functional currencies). He has managed revenues and capital expenditures in excess of $22 billion and $3 billion respectively.
He currently leads a manufacturing concern he founded in 2007. His vision as the principal manager of this entity is to lead and guide it to successful and sustainable financial performance through effective and proactive financial and strategic planning built on efficiency, responsiveness to customer needs, and meaningful collaborative partnerships.
George was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He and his wife are blessed with two lovely children with a very large extended family home and abroad. His interests (after family) are working with young people, teaching, and community development. His hobbies are tennis and golf. In a prior life, his hobby was soccer – one of the few sources of his developed sense of interpersonal relationships, discipline and result orientation. Overall, he aspires to being a good father, husband, brother & a positive influence in his community. He invests accordingly.
Mrs Adeline T. Orife
Adeline holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (C.I.P.S). She also has a B.Sc. in Political and Administrative Studies as well a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing. In the course of her professional career, she has also attended various professional trainings, workshops and conferences including customer service, communication skills, project management and procurement.
She is a Procurement and Contract Management professional of over fifteen (15) years experience with a sound commercial, public sector, not-for-profit, and international development background. She has worked both as a generalist and category manager in various public sector organizations including Local Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, Central Government, and internationally with the United States Department of State; US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and currently with the Royal British Legion.
In the course of her professional career, she has held various leadership and senior management positions having responsibility for providing strategic direction, managing people, resources and budgets to ensure compliance and achievement of programme and organizational goals. At the US Embassy, Abuja, she supervised a Procurement team of 5 procurement agents and over 15 Administrative staff.
She was a key member of the team that established the Nigerian field office of the US Centres for Disease Control & Prevention. She worked with key stakeholders of the U.S Mission in Nigeria, top Government officials of the Federal Ministry of Health and officials at the head office in Atlanta, USA to introduce and rollout the PEPFAR/CDC Global AIDS Program (GAP) in Nigeria. She developed associated processes and procedures to support the importation of US $100m vaccines, drugs and vehicles for transportation of the medicine.
She has worked with the British charity organization called 'The Royal British Legion'. She is a pioneer member of the Legion’s procurement department and has the historical knowledge of most Legion contracts. She worked with the Head of Procurement in developing a new procurement strategy, processes and standard documents leading to the launch of a new procurement regime in the Legion. She have worked with the Home Managers and the County Managers to put in place trade accounts and national call-off contracts with suppliers to streamline the procurement processes throughout the Legion to achieve efficiency savings and obtain value for money. As Purchasing Manager at the Royal British Legion, She has taken the lead to work with the different departments to develop and prepare service specifications, tender invitations and draft contracts, invite and evaluate tender submissions, make recommendations for contract awards and negotiate contracts and Service Level Agreements.
"Steps have been taken to expand the board to bring on more diverse knowledge, expertise and networks.
Once the process is finalized, the profiles of the new trustees will be uploaded"