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 investment firms The 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 2014 and 2015. 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.
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.