DRASA’s Executive Team is responsible for driving and managing projects and engaging the Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors.
Mr. Bankole Cardoso, Chairman of the Board Mr. Cardoso is the Global Head of Communications at Africa Internet Group. He is also the Founder of Easy Taxi Nigeria. He began his career as an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) New York, where he earned his CPA credentials. After PwC, he entered the private equity industry and joined the Global Market Strategies Group at The Carlyle Group. After 18 months at Carlyle he moved back to Nigeria and founded Easy Taxi. Bankole holds several awards and honors such as his inclusion on Forbes’ 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa 2014 and 2015. He holds a BS of Accounting and Business Management from Boston College. Mr. Cardoso is Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh’s only child.
Ms. Niniola Soleye, Managing Director As Managing Director, Ms. Soleye is responsible for leading DRASA’s day-to-day operations, the overall growth and launch strategy, fundraising, financial and organizational management, communications/marketing/PR, and partnership efforts. Ms. Soleye previously worked at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health organization operating in more than 50 countries with a focus on priority health issues such as HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and child health, family planning and reproductive health, and chronic non-communicable diseases. In her role, she supported internal communications and change management across the organization. Prior to joining MSH, Ms. Soleye worked at Paragraph, a brand agency, for three years. Ms. Soleye holds a BA in cognitive science/neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Lauretta Ovadje, Program Coordinator Lauretta Ovadje is an environmental epidemiologist. As the Program Coordinator for DRASA, she provides strategic direction and technical support for DRASA’s projects. She also leads project monitoring and evaluation activities. Dr. Ovadje holds a PhD in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Lincoln University of the Commonwealth, Pennsylvania. Before joining DRASA, Dr. Ovadje worked for almost a decade as a researcher specifically in the designing, conducting, and coordinating of research projects. Her main research interests include children’s health, environmental health in developing countries, and community-based interventions.
DRASA protects society from infectious diseases and public health threats through education and training for outbreak preparedness and prevention, resource development and distribution, and advocacy for strong public health policies.
DRASA was established in memory of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, the doctor who correctly diagnosed and contained the first case of Ebola in Nigeria, preventing a major outbreak in Africa’s most populous nation.