Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi is the publisher of Nigeria’s leading investigative news platform, Premium Times, and the CEO of CJID. Previous to this, he served as pioneer policy director and chief of staff at Nigeria’s leading anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. In 1995, Dapo founded Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism. In 2014, Dapo established West Africa’s first journalism innovation and development center – the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (formerly Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism). He is often referred to as the father of investigative journalism in Nigeria and many awards are testament to his phenomenal work and great legacy in the history of Nigerian media. The most recent award is from the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2020, which also announced him co-recipient of its 2020 International Human Rights Award. He was educated at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington DC; the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and a Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation and Design Thinking by MIT Sloan, Columbia Business School Executive Education, and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, USA.
Dr Tobi A. Oluwatola is the Executive Director of the CJID. In this role, he leads a team of 60+ professionals in five countries to promote democratic accountability in West Africa by strengthening the media. The CJID team builds civic technology tools, innovates in the media space, advocates for human rights and press freedom conducts policy research and advocacy, tackles information disorder, and trains over 1000 journalists annually in subjects as diverse as media and information literacy to climate change or conflict and security. He has 16 years of experience in policy, economic and financial analysis in the four continents. Dr Oluwatola started his career as a management consultant at KPMG. He also previously worked for the RAND Corporation and Castalia in the US, where he did policy advisory on behalf of the World Bank and other multilateral organisations. His PhD work focused on techno-economic modelling, data science, and industrial policy in renewable energy deployment and manufacturing. In 2010/ 2011, he led a youth movement of over 200,000 volunteers to support the presidential campaign of Nigeria’s anti-corruption tsar, Nuhu Ribadu. The group, now known as The Reformers, continues championing active citizenship. Dr Oluwatola is a passionate advocate of sustainable development. He is the founder and board chair of Madiba Foundation for Good Governance, a youth civic participation and advocacy organisation. He was a World Energy Council Future Energy Leader and helped start the One Young World movement as a pioneer ambassador. He is also the founder of TAO (pronounced “dau”) Energy, a commercial and industrial energy technology company with a mission to electrify underserved communities. He is a technology enthusiast and investor with an Africa-first mindset. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and a PhD in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, California, USA.
Oluwatosin is the Director of Operations at the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID). In this role, she oversees all operational aspects of the Centre’s strategy. She has a vast knowledge of grant management. Currently, she manages grants from several donors, like the MacArthur Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, National Endowment for Democracy, Ford Foundation, and the European Union. She plays a very active and strategic role in projects implemented by the organization as the technology lead.She has a background in Computer Science from Bowen University, Iwo, and a master’s degree in Information Engineering with Network Management from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
Caroline Anipah is the Deputy Director of the Verification and Media Literacy Practice at the Centrefor Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID). Prior to her current role, Caroline was Country Representative and Africa Expansion Lead (roles she still plays), Programme Officer, and Editor at Dubawa. She currently leads the establishment of Dubawa in Ghana and other countries in Anglophone West Africa. She has a Master of Philosophy degree (MPhil) in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon. She is an experienced trainer who has trained journalists across Anglophone West Africa on various media and communication topics on request by reputable organizations including the US Embassy (Ghana), Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, UNESCO, and tertiary institutions.
Ms Bimpe Abodunde is currently the Deputy Director, Internal Evaluation and Compliance at CJID. She joined the organisation in February 2019 as Executive Assistant to the CEO/Publisher and then Human Resource Manager before her new role. Prior to this, she worked at Hedge Professional Service and Deloitte Nigeria as Tax and Audit Consultant /Advisor to many multinational clients in different sectors of the economy. She was educated at Covenant University (BSc Sociology), Durham Business School (MA Management), Diploma in Human Resource Management from Business School of Netherlands and a Postgraduate Diploma in Innovation and Design Thinking by MIT Sloan, Columbia Business School Executive Education, and Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, USA.
Akintunde Babatunde is an international development professional with over 5 years of combined experience in project management, civic technology, media innovation, and public policy. He is currently the Deputy Director (Development) at the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, Abuja. His fields of expertise include social accountability, civic engagement, human development (comprising health, education, and income), agriculture, climate change, and human rights. Akintunde worked to implement multi-million-dollar projects supported by various multinational organizations like the MacArthur Foundation, British Council, Ford Foundation, and others.
Busola Ajibola is currently the Deputy Director for Journalism Program at the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development. Busola is a trained philosopher and holds her first and second degrees in Philosophy. She has more than 13 years of experience in teaching, research, and advocacy on gender, accountability processes, and media development. She advocates on issues of social justice, equality, elimination of violence, media freedom, and independence. She has contributed to and continues to lead initiatives aimed at birthing the changes she would love to see including programming around freedom of expression, youth development, equality, and inclusivity both in the media and other aspects of national life. She has authored and co-authored several academic research papers.
Mboho is an experienced and seasoned project manager with 12 years of experience in providing complex analytical support for cross-functional strategic and transformational projects in the governmental, non-governmental, and media sectors. Adept at the use of data analysis tools and dedicated to maintaining high-quality standards using excellent organization, communication, and technical skills. He studied Library and Information Science at the University of Uyo. He looks forward to being an inspirational, corruption-free, detribalized, and accountable politician of international repute.
Asari Ndem is the Communications Manager for the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development with more than 9 years of experience as an Editor and Communications expert. She has a BA in International Relations from the University of Durham, two master’s Degrees from the University of Sheffield and King’s College London and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Communications and Media Studies at the University of Calgary. She is keen on influencing the Nigerian media space as well as driving thoughtful narratives for the Nigerian millennial mind.
Mrs. Imoleayo Folarin is the Finance and Admin Manager for the Centre of Journalism Innovation & Development and Dubawa where she coordinates grant management and oversees the financial and administrative operations of the organization for over 5years now. Mrs. Imoleayo Folarin has a Bachelor’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Abuja.
Mirrelle is a tech-savvy HR Professional with a wide range of experience in Digital Marketing, Customer Relationship Management, Data Collection, Transcription & Analysis across Telecommunications, Construction, Fintech, E-commerce, and the nonprofit sphere. She is a first-class graduate of HR from the Regional Institute of Industrial Engineering, Biotechnology & Applied Sciences, Benin Republic, Cotonou. She also holds a Master’s degree in International Business Management from Quantic School of Business and Technology. Mirrelle is an unconventional HR enthusiast who has a passion to see organizations grow, with the ability to create strategies aimed at helping organizations and the workforce achieve their goals and objectives.