Dr. Hope Ovie Usieta

Executive Director

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Hope holds a PhD in Zoology (with specialization in Conservation Science) from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and a Masters in Conservation Biology from the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, University of Jos, Nigeria. Before joining the Leventis Foundation in 2014, Hope has been working in the Research and Development sector since 2008. He is particularly interested in identifying strategies that can increase local and global food production at minimal cost to the environment.

Felix O. Obinyan

GM(Technical & Training)

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Felix obtained a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1985 and a Master’s degree in Conservation Agriculture (Environmental Control and Management) from the ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile-Ife Nigeria in 2001. He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Conservation Agriculture at the Obafemi Awolowo University. Felix has more than 28yrs of interdisciplinary experience in training and development projects in agriculture and environment.
He joined the Leventis Foundation as a Supervisor in the crop production department of Foundation’s Agricultural Training School, Ilesa in Osun State where he quickly rose to become the Head of Department in 1996. As a Trainer, his duties included training of youths and small holder farmers in modern agricultural practices. In 2001, Felix was promoted and posted to the Foundation’s head office in Lagos as its first Training Coordinator. He coordinated all training activities of all LFN schools in Nigeria and helped develop the present curriculum. He was also the pioneer Chairman of the Foundation Millennium Farmer (a quarterly newsletter of the Leventis Foundation Nigeria. In 2007, Felix was posted to be the pioneer Principal of the Leventis Foundation/FCT, Agricultural Training School in Yaba, Abuja where he served for six years.

Oyedeji Jacob Olufemi

GM (Admin & Finance)

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Femi holds a B.Sc. degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and an associate member of Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM). He had over 25 years’ practical work experience in public and private sectors of the economy before joining the Leventis Foundation (Nigeria) in 2002 as Finance Manager. He is presently the Head of Finance and Administration Department of the Foundation. Femi as he is fondly called is an experienced chartered accountant and an astute administrator.

Isaiah Olaniyi Akinyemi

ICT & Strategy Officer

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Isaiah Olaniyi Akinyemi obtained a Diploma from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State in Computer Science in 2005 and worked with Continental Suites for a year for internship. He proceeded to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the same institution in 2010 and afterwards worked as a Teacher with Command Day Secondary School, Odogbo Cantonment, Oyo State during his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

He later proceeded to Coventry University, United Kingdom to obtain a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems by January 2014. Following his Master’s degree, he worked with Alum Ikaka as Business Development Officer till September 2015 and afterwards joined Leventis Foundation (Nigeria) the same year as Development and Strategy Officer. He currently holds the position of ICT and Strategy Officer within the Foundation.

He is particularlyinterestedinthisrolebecauseof his interest in development and capacity building projects and the opportunity to work with and learn from a very experienced team. He has, through practice and study, been involved in data collection, processing and visualization which he has put data to use to uncover hidden patterns that can inform change.


Janet Egbe-Owoicho

PA to the Executive Director

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Janet obtained a HND in Secretarial Studies from the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi in 2001. She has a Diploma in computer studies with proficient knowledge of MS Word, Spreadsheet, and PowerPoint etc. She has over nine year’s cognate work experience in both public and private sector of the economy. After her National Youth Service Corps, she gained employment with The Abuja Securities and Commodity Exchange (ASCE), a parastatal under the then Ministry of Commerce where she worked for 5 years as the Managing Director/CEO’s Secretary before moving to Oceanic Bank International Plc and worked for 4 years as an Administrative Officer of Churchgate Branch. She joined the Leventis Foundation in November 2014.