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With over 20 years in the social change sector, Aniagolu-Okoye is a respected leader on the African continent who brings many years of extensive experience leading diverse international development organizations, and managing country programmes, donor projects and country strategies in West Africa and across Africa.
As the Ford Foundation Regional Director, she oversees the foundation’s local team, external relations and administrative operations in West Africa. She also leads on program strategy development and implementation in the region, with a focus on advancing democracy, human rights, and social inclusion for all, especially youth, women and people with disabilities.
Throughout her career, Aniagolu-Okoye has designed and implemented strategies at regional and global organizations on key social issues such as improving governance, reducing poverty, advancing transparency in the extractives sector, and furthering women and girl’s empowerment – all through engaging civil society as well as the public and private sectors.
Before Ford, Aniagolu-Okoye was most recently the Country Director of Technoserve, an international NGO that provides business solutions to poverty with women at the heart of the work. Prior, she was the Country Director for WaterAid in Nigeria where she provided grants to civil society organizations advocating for improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services and strengthening civil society networks, including one focused on journalists dedicated to telling more accurate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) stories.