Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh – Project Director
Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh has almost 10 years of experience in environmental conservation; much of her experience ranges from coordinating research, biological monitoring and project management. Rachel has been working in forest ecosystems and on forest species 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 is a member of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group since 2010, and also a member of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development Education Working Group and Climate Change Caucus. Rachel is also one of founding members of the African Primatological Society (APS) and new co-chair of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group African section. She is a member of the International Primatological Society (IPS) conservation committee.
Prior to becoming an environmental 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. Rachel is responsible for coordinating project activities.
Francis Okosodo, PhD. – Project Manager
Francis recently obtained his PhD in Biodiversity and Wildlife Management where he researched on the the impact of farming intensification on farmland avian species in two agro ecological zones in Nigeria. As an ornithologists and wildlife enthusiast, Francis has gained vast experiences and knowledge in much of southern Nigerian forests studying birds and working in agro forestry projects to assist in their environmental responsibility department. He started his career as field assistant with main responsibility nursery management, monitoring and evaluation officer and plantation manager. Then moved on to become a trainer in Leventis Foundation Nigeria where his responsibilities include training students in agro forestry activities; setting up the largest nursery of wild economic and fruit trees in Nigeria, in the same organization as a farm manager in charge of one of the biggest farm in Nigeria. He also worked as Conservation officer in charge of the only privately owned and conserved woodland area in Nigeria where he designed and implemented conservational policies that will balance the conflict between local farmers and owners of the conserved woodland. In SW/Niger Delta Forest Project, Francis assist the project director in managing all field projects on the ground.
Aladenusi Olusola – Project Associate (Southwestern projects)
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 presently the Chief Forestry Officer (CFO)in Ondo State and his responsibilities involve anti-encroachment activities in Ondo State Forest Reserves especially in the Osse River Park (formerly Ifon Forest Reserve) amongst others. He comes into the project as a Research Associate –assisting the project in collecting data on elephant distribution and population including incidences of poaching activities, wildlife monitoring in demarcated conservation areas/project sites and Environmental Education (EE) and Focus Group Discussion of the Support Zone Communities (SZCs) as well as establishing conservation clubs (species ambassador groups) in the secondary schools of communities where the project works.
Kosiprey Williams Kosiprey – Field Officer (Niger Delta)
Kosiprey joined the project as a field assistant but he soon proved very competent 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’s field efforts in the Niger Delta region.
Joe Amos – Field Officer (SW)
Joe has over 20 years in tracking, observing and understanding wildlife species across much of the forests in Ondo, Ekiti and Edo State. He was an assistant and instrumental to the rangers of the Osse River Park project (formerly the Ifon forest reserve) before joining our project team.
Dave Akhisabomeh –Administrative Officer
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 administrator and organizer which he carries out very efficiently for the project at the Organization’s Head Office in Abuja.He is also responsible for making travel arrangements for the project team and supporting the Communications and Media department.