Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh
ED/Project Director

Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh is an alumni of the Durrell institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE) where she holds a degree in Conservation Project Management. She has 15+ years’ experience in biodiversity conservation and a wide-range of subject matter in environmental science; much of her experience ranges from coordinating research, biological monitoring and conservation project administration/management. Rachel has been working in forest ecosystems since 2007 and played major roles in developing and implementing conservation plans in forest reserves in southwestern Nigeria particularly in Ogun, Ondo and Edo States. She was a member of the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group since 2005, IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group since 2010 where she also serves as executive member i.e. as co-Vice Chair African section, and she serves as committee member of the International Primatological Society (IPS) conservation and education committees. Rachel is also a member of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Education Caucus and she is a 2020 National Geographic Explorer.  Prior to becoming an conservation professional, Rachel worked in some community projects that involved Rural Mobilization and Orientation, Social Impact Assessments (SIA) and Conflict Management Studies. She is also a trained and experienced public administrator – negotiating alternatives with stakeholders and advocating policy changes for environmental and community development. As co-founder of the Organization, Rachel is responsible for coordinating the project’s activities.

Hakagbemeh Olalekan Michael
Head, Administration, Finance and Logistics

Hakagbemeh started his career as an engineer handling all necessary technical logistics and systems for outreach and relief programs for organizations in the non-profit sector. However, he is a criminologists by training who has diverse knowledge on areas relating to peace building and humanitarianism; research methods in peace and conflict studies; technical/electronic aspects of security; principles of security practice and management; conflict resolution and management techniques; Information systems security management and so on . He brings both his academic knowledge and technical experience to bear on his job as head of Administration, Finance and Logistics while he develops conservation programmes and safeguard procedures for our field teams.

Aladenusi Olusola
Project Associate (Policy and Stakeholder Engagement)

Aladenusi is a specialist in Natural Resource Management. He went from the class room as a secondary school teacher to the Ministry of Natural Resources as a Forest Officer II (Wildlife Section) in July 2006. Since then he has been saddled with wildlife conservation activities at Osse River Park Conservation Project under the Department of Wildlife Conservation, Parks and Ecotourism.  He has his Masters in Agricultural Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) where he is currently a PhD candidate focusing on elephant populations in Ondo State forests. He is also a principal officer for the Ondo State Ministry of Natural Resources Department of Wildlife Conservation, Parks and Ecotourism. He comes into the project as an Associate – Policy and stakeholder engagement in project sites in the SW both with the government and communities such as with Focus Group Discussion of the Support Zone Communities (SZCs).

Kosiprey Williams Kosiprey
Field Manager (Niger Delta)

Kosiprey joined the project as a field assistant in 2013 but he soon gained a wealth of experience and knoeledge in biodiversity assessment and monitoring with keen interest in bird and plant ecology. A student in environmental biology, Kosiprey has 5 years of experiences in a combination of tasks in the environment sector in the Niger Delta from the Oil and Gas sector to forest management. Kosiprey works from Bayelsa State and he augments project efforts in the Niger Delta region.

Grace Nwaneri
Communications and Media Associate

Grace Nwaneri has been closely associated with the project from inception, a graduate of Languages and Linguistics with Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy, she has become invaluable for the project’s communication and media needs. Grace has about 10 years in the not-for-profit organization sector with 7 years as Senior Media and Public Affairs Officer in the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and 2 years as Communications and Corporate Services Officer with Growing Business Foundation (GBF) -Two key organizational experiences she brings to bear in this project. She can also be considered one of Nigeria’s sort-after corporate event planner and organizer, as she served as consultant and coordinator for the Lagos State Water Regatta, Black Heritage Festival and also involved in several of Cross River State’s Public campaigns and events. Grace assists the project in media outreach, fundraising strategies and Government Liaison. She is an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (ANIM)

Martins Kurobo
Field Officer (Niger Delta)

Martins Kurobo has worked with the SW/Niger Delta Forest Project since 2013, first as a field guide. Over the years, he has participated in a handful of research expedition carried out in the forests close to his native community in Central Niger Delta. He has also been trained on various research techniques and use of tools. His interest in wildlife and forest conservation has grown considerably and he is passionate to see effective conservation undertaken in our project sites.

Samson Tukuru
Community Engagement and Liaison (Niger Delta)

Samson Tukuru is a skilled negotiator and administrator. He has experience as community contact person and representative negotiating for and/or with oil industry giants operating in the Niger Delta. Tukuru assist the project in engaging local communities and liaises with the chieftain whenever it is deemed needed.

Adeyeri (Joe-Ipele) Oluwagbemiro
SW Field Manager

Adeyeri (Joe-Ipele) Oluwagbemiro is our SW field manager  and supports project’s activities and management in Ondo and Ekiti States. He has experiences working with the Ondo State government Osse River Park Project in former Ifon Forest Reserve as part of the patrol team, He is widely travelled across the southwestern States - a reputed wildlife expert and in-depth knowledge of traditional use of wild plants - botany.

Dave Akhisabomeh
Outreach and Communications Assistant

Dave Akhisabomeh started out his career as an IT consultant, a graduate from the Oracle University – National Institute of Information Technology. He later found passion building and landscaping which endeared him to the environment sector. He is also an astute phographer, graphics designer, videographer and media works organizer which he carries out very efficiently for the project at the Organization’s head office in Abuja.

Sharon Ifenkwe
Operations and Management Support Officer

Sharon studied Environmental Science and Resource Management in National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and is a certified Environmental Health and Safety officer (HSE). Sharon is passionate about several aspects of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that addresses environmental sustainability, gender equality, poverty eradication and children’s welfare. She has acquired experience in the non-profit sector particularly in outreach programs and related activities. She works as the Operations and Management Support Officer with SW/Niger Delta Forest project where she has been exposed to the conservation of forest ecosystems, wildlife, and sustainable use.

Babatubji Omoleye
Conservation Education Officer

Babatunji Omoleye holds a degree in environmental management from University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State. He also has professional certifications in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE). He has vast experiences as data analyst, EIA consultant and conservation education.