DRASA’s Management Team is responsible for implementing and managing programs and projects
Mr. Bankole Cardoso, Chairman of the Board
Mr. Cardoso is the Managing Director of Fenix International Nigeria, a solar financing company. He has worked in e-commerce with the Jumia Group, in financial services with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and with the investment firms Carlyle Group and Quona Capital. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Boston College. Bankole holds several awards and honors such as his inclusion on Forbes’ 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa under 30 list in 2014 and 2015. Bankole is Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh’s only child.
Mrs. Niniola Williams, Managing Director
Prior to leading DRASA, Niniola worked with Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health organization operating in over 50 countries with a focus on priority health issues such as HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Before MSH, she worked at a brand agency while also serving on the core team of Keiyo Soy, a Kenyan nonprofit focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects as well as medical outreach programs. Niniola holds a BA in cognitive science/neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, a certificate in Social Sector Management from the Enterprise Development Centre of Pan-Atlantic University, and a certificate in Basic Skills in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) from University of Lagos College of Medicine. She is a Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) Class of 2018 honoree, Avance Media 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians 2018 honoree, TEDx speaker, and an Acumen West Africa Fellow.
Dr. Lauretta Ovadje, Program Coordinator
Lauretta Ovadje is an environmental epidemiologist. She holds a PhD in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health as well as Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences from Lincoln University. 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.
Praise Adeyemo, DVM, Program Associate
Praise Adeyemo is a certified veterinarian with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. She has worked in various fields including veterinary science diagnostics, laboratory, and pharmaceuticals as well as clinical veterinary practice. Praise is passionate and dedicated to promoting public health and one health in Nigeria and across the West Africa region.