Cynthia Umoru, Akin Oyebode, Shola Molemodile… See the #YNaijaPowerList for Policy

As the annual #YNaijaPowerList enters its 5th year, we bring you the most influential young Nigerians under 40 who are doing the hard and tasking work of crafting public policies to enable smooth sailing of government and private sector initiatives.

From senior special advisers to technical leads, boardroom CEOs to active field workers, we present the custodians of the think tank.

Esther Agbarakwe

Esther Agbarakwe cut her teeth doing advocacy work on the environment, earning herself the sobriquet, ‘Esther Climate.’ These days, though, she is walking the talk from within as Special Adviser to the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, one of the shinning lights in the Buhari administration. Agbarakwe’s brief includes providing support for the mainstreaming of climate change communication among ministries, departments and agencies.

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Nabila Aguele

Nabila Aguele

A lawyer by profession, Nabila Aguele had practiced in the Washington area of the USA for many years before being lured back home to work as the Special/Technical Assistant to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab S. Ahmed. Aguele’s brief involves working with the minister on areas of macroeconomic policy, national planning, government monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and economic management.

Uchenna Igbokwe

Igbokwe is the Associate Principal at the Solina Group, the youngest team member on the company’s executive management team, overseeing a company mandate that includes interests in health systems consulting, strategy and management, as well as policy research. Igbokwe has worked directly with the ministry of finance YouWin!, and has led on projects implemented with partners such as the Private Sector Health Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Osadebamen Imariagbe

Osadebamen Imariagbe is the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state on Environment. He participated in reviewing the state environmental policy and works with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Coordinator in carrying out EIA regulatory activities in the ministry. A Master’s degree holder from the University of Birmingham, Imariagbe has worked in this capacity since 2013.

Innocent Isichei

Isichei works as Special Assistant to the Governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, perhaps the most important person presently in economic policy. Before resuming at the Central Bank, Isichei worked at the Corporate Council on Africa as a program consultant, and at IBM as a governmental program executive. He earned a Master’s in Public Policy, International Trade and Finance from Harvard University.

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Shola Molemodile

Shola Molemodile

This University of Jos trained medical doctor is the Managing Director of Direct Consulting and Logistics, a health management consulting firm providing research and implementation support for primary health care in Nigeria. Major clients of DCL include the Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Centre and the National Primary Health Care Development Agency. Molemodile has a combined Master’s degree in Health Policy Finance and Planning from the London Schools of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Economics.

Innocent Onah

Onah is the Special Assistant on Partnerships/NGO to Senate President, Bukola Saraki. In this capacity, Onah coordinates relationships between the office of the Senate President and development partners, NGOs, governmental and private sector players, helping to recommend and promote development initiatives that require parliamentary intervention. An experienced development expert, Onah is the man to make things happen at the national assembly.


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Akin Oyebode

Akin Oyebode       

Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s grand plan to tackle the state’s rising unemployment rests on the shoulders of Akintunde Oyebode, pioneer Executive Secretary of the newly created Employment Trust Fund. Oyebode is in charge of an annual 6.25billion war chest in this battle for wealth creation and is tasked with the responsibility of distributing the funds evenly to qualified entrepreneurs and artisans who have passed through a credible, transparent process.

Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq

As chief executive of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, Muntaqa Umar-Sadiq has direct access to global shapers like Bill Gates, Aliko Dangote and Jim Ovia. PHN is an initiative to mobilize the broader business and corporate community as well as the private health sector towards improving health outcomes. Umar-Sadiq is a World Economic Forum 2016 Young Global Leader. His leadership has executed programmes in immunization, nutrition, HIV/AIDs and e-medicine.

Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru       

An accomplished farmer and businesswoman, Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru works with the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh as a Technical Adviser on Youth and Gender. She provides assistance and is able to combine her passion for an inclusive approach for youth and women engagement in Agricultural economic activities In Nigeria into her work. A graduate of the Lagos State University, Umoru is the founder of Honeysuckles PTL ventures.

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