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Resident Fellows

Dr. Olumide Taiwo, PhD (Economics)
Executive Director & Senior Fellow

Dr. Taiwo is a development policy and strategy specialist focused on economic competitiveness and the interaction between institutions and markets in service delivery and economic development. He has over 20 years of professional experience spanning policy research and engagement, academia and the private sector. He has consulted for private sector health and entrepreneurship development programs, including a stint at Solina Health Limited on a program of integrating HIV/AIDS services into private for-profit health sector, and other projects on Education, Agriculture and Food Security funded by donors including the World Bank, European Commission and International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity.

Formerly, Director of Research at the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa (CSEA), an economic policy think-tank focusing on public finance and financial management, economic development and structural transformation. His role included managing the knowledge creation and the knowledge-to-policy process through engagement with policymakers, development partners, academic community, civil society and other stakeholders. Prior to CSEA, he was Africa Fellow at the distinguished Brookings Institution in Washington DC where he was part of a team of Africans engaging policymakers in the US Congress on African development issues, including those related to the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), while also actively engaging a consortium of six think-tanks in African countries in collaborative research and dissemination programs.

His publications and analyses cover a broad spectrum of topics including rural livelihood, agriculture and food security, healthcare delivery, labor markets, institutional governance and international trade, and have appeared as articles in peer-reviewed academic and policy journals, occasional/working papers and opinion pieces. He is an effective speaker at mid-to-high level policy and strategy sessions, and has taught economics and econometrics, finance, mathematics, statistics and demographic methods in his role as tutor, instructor, lecturer and assistant professor at university level in Nigeria, South Africa and the US. He holds a First Class Honors BSc in Actuarial Science (University of Lagos), MSc in Economics (University of Lagos), Pre-doctoral Certificate in Economics (Yale) and PhD in Economics (Brown).

Mr. Oluwole Smile, PGD Economics
Director of Programs & Research Fellow

Oluwole SMILE is a member of Cornell NutritionWorks in Cornell University, New York. He has extensive project experience in software development; simulation of economic and financial modeling, database management; survey instrument design and development; data digitization and analysis etc. He is skilled in the application of statistical packages such as District Health Information Software (DHIS); System of Health Accounts Tool (SHA 2011); Lives Saved Tool (LiST); Census and Survey Processing Software (CSPro); Epidata, STATA, SPSS, Library Support Vector Machine, etc. Oluwole is an Associate of Cisco Inc. USA and Microsoft certified in IT Professional, Technology Specialist and System Administrator.

He is currently providing technical support to Lagos, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River States on Fiscal Space Analysis for implementation of State Health Insurance Scheme and Resource Tracking. He was involved in the application of System of Health Accounts Model to National Health Accounts (NHA) in Nigeria by Federal Ministry of Health and National Bureau of Statistics. Others include simulation modelling of Health Financing Pathways in Nigeria; Economic and Cost Benefit Analysis of National Health Bill funded by Save the Children; Community Based Health Insurance Scheme in Gombe State funded by Management Sciences for Health (MSH); data analysis and costing for vulnerable groups social health insurance program in Rivers, Enugu, Bauchi, Benue, Lagos, and Ekiti States; economic and financial modelling for state health insurance scheme in Nigeria by IFC/World Bank Group Nigeria.

Other previous consulting assignments include Assessment of the District Health Information Software (DHIS) for Expenditure Tracking for AIDS in Nigeria funded by PEPFAR /NACA; Development of Policy Manuals and Standard Operating Procedures for Akwa Ibom CBHIS by Management Sciences for Health (MSH); Feasibility Studies for Community Based Health Insurance Scheme across 36 states of Nigeria; Assessment of Regulatory Environment in the Health Sector in each of the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria by Office of the Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Costing of Staff Time Use for ORIE Project – Oxford Policy Management, London, Positive Deviance Approach to Routine immunization in Nigeria by Save the Children Nigeria, development of operational plan for NIBUCCA, database development for World Bank/STEP-B Centre of Excellence to improve research culture in infectious diseases HIV/AIDS, TB & Malaria (ATM), University of Calabar, etc. He studied Basics of Health Economics at World Bank Institute, Washington DC and participated in a training course on Maternal Mortality: Epidemiological Perspective at Cornell University, USA. He obtained BSc Electronics Engineering with specialization in Information Technology from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Nigeria and currently studying Economics at Postgraduate level. He is a member of National Health Financing and Equity Technical Working Group of Federal Ministry of Health and Global Financing Facility Core Technical Team on Demographic Dividends and Investment Case in Nigeria.

Mr. Paul Akeni, MSc (Development Studies)
Director of Engagement & Senior Research Fellow

Paul obtained B.Sc. Hons (Accounting) from University of Lagos, Nigeria and M.Sc. (Development Studies) from Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. He is a Development Program Specialist possessing crosscutting competencies in public health administration, public health financing, public expenditure management, socio-economic research, community emancipation initiatives and program implementation operations. His working experiences span through development program operations anchored by various entities such as: BASICS-USAID; Association against Poverty & Ill-Health (NGO); PATHS-DFID; Support to National Malaria Control (SuNMap); Federal Ministry of Health; National Health Insurance Scheme.(NHIS); MEMS-USAID – a Monitoring & Evaluation agency; Options-UK; The African PEER Review Mechanism(APRM) facilitated by New Partnership for Africa Development(NEPAD); UNFPA;UNICEF; World Bank.

Specifically he has been involved with study projects covering: National Health Accounts (NHA); Donor Coordination; Donor Mapping Exercise (DME); Public Sector Expenditure Management Review; Health Sector Public Expenditure Reviews; Medium Term Sector Strategies (MTSS); Design of Community based/CSO participative initiatives; Assessment of CSOs engagement on preparation of MTSS; Community Needs Assessment; Monitoring and Evaluation capacity building workshop. In addition to the above, he worked as member of teams comprised of representatives of government and development partners which had responsibility for preparation of Manuals on ‘Community Based Health Insurance’, ‘National Health Accounts’ and Policy/Technical Notes on some health sector-related issues. These assignments were performed in Nigeria and other sub-regional country such as Liberia.

Mrs. Veronica Oyekemi Ojo, RN
Head of Administration

Veronica received her Nursing education from University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Nigeria and worked in the public and private clinical setting for several years. She joined Fundex Namibia in Windhoek as a policy adviser on issue of human resources for health and later became the director of administration responsible for staffing, facilities, telecommunications, database management; purchasing, shipping/receiving, customers care etc. She is currently the head of administration and secretary to the board of trustee in Centre for Health Economics and Development with the responsibility to ensure that all aspects of the organization’s operations meets established objectives for growth including evaluation of operation processes and procedures, in accordance with the standards, procedures, budgets and timelines set out by the organization. As secretary to the Technical Advisory Board, she is responsible for maintaining records and custody of policies and standards adopted by the Board, ensuring compliance with applicable laws regarding public records, and, in consultation with the organization legal adviser, she ensures that Board actions are in compliance with legal requirements.

Dr. Sunday Adedini, PhD (Demography and Population Studies)
Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Sunday, a Health Demographer and CHECOD Senior Research Fellow, is currently a lecturer in the department of Demography and Social Statistics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; and a visiting scholar with the Programme in Demography and Population Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his PhD degree in Demography and Population Studies in 2013 from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, where he employed multilevel modelling to tease out the influences of neighborhood contexts on child survival. Upon the successful completion of his studies at Wits University, South Africa, Dr. Adedini has since resumed back at his home university in Nigeria.

He is a recipient of a number of academic laurels and fellowships, including Fogarty Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, CARTA PhD Fellowship, Wits University Postgraduate Merit Award, amongst others. Dr. Adedini has published extensively in many high-impact journals in the fields of population and public health. During the three-year period of his PhD studies and one year of his Postdoc at Wits University, South Africa, he published more than twenty papers in ISI/IBSS accredited journals in his field. Besides, he has attended and presented his research work in many international academic conferences across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States. He has worked for a number of organizations on short-term basis, including Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiatives; International Organization for Migration; UNFPA, South Africa; UNFPA, South Sudan; African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), Kenya; National Population Commission, Nigeria; Centre for Research Evaluation and Resources Development (CRERD), Nigeria, amongst others. His research interests include maternal and child health, reproductive health and mortality studies.

Mr. Jeremiah Adamu, MSc (Organizational Behavior)
Research Fellow

Jeremiah holds BSc Accounting and an MSc degree in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, Executive Master Certificate (EMC) in Project Management from British Project Management College, UK and a full member of the British Professional Society of UK.. He has Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) of the same Society. He is currently the Senior Financial Analyst with Centre for Health Economics and Development. He is an astute professional manager, accountant, auditor and Consultant in National Health Account (NHA), Public Expenditure Management, Reproductive Health (RH) and Child Health (CH), MTSS and Drug Revolving Fund (DRF).

He has undertaken a number of surveys in health and health related fields. Mr. Adamu is a specialist in training and capacity building, Budget and Budgetary Control, Financial Management and Project Management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria with FCA. He is also a full member of the Nigerian Institute of Management with MNIM. He is an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria with ACTI and also an associate member of the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria with ACIP. He was an NYSC Accountant with Mobil Producing Nigeria in 1985 and was the Accountant of the Nigerian Railway Ministerial Panel set-up by the President to revamp railway lines in Nigeria.

Mr. Adamu has over 26 years of meritorious service both in the public and the private sectors. He worked in the Federal Ministry of Finance, Federal Ministry of Transport, Federal Ministry of Communication and Federal Ministry of Aviation as an accountant and rose to the position of Senior Accountant. He joined the Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Plc a printing arm of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as Manager Finance and rose to the position of the Head of Internal Audit. He was appointed the Managing Director and Chief Executive of Baba Ashangwa Nig. Ltd. where he left to join DTCL as the Director of Audit in April 2009. He was later moved to the position of Director of Finance and Administration. He is a Consultant with Development Partners and International NGOs in National Health Account (NHA), Drug Revolving Fund (DRF) Finances, Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS), Surveys, Training and capacity building, Public Expenditure Management, Reproductive Health (RH) and Child Health (CH).

Ms. Regina Chichi, Master of Health Management
Research Fellow

Regina obtained B. Pharmacy, from College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba, Lagos, and Masters in Health Management, (MHM) from Benue State University, Makurdi. She is a Public Health consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the sector. Professionally trained as a Pharmacist, she has excellent academic credentials which have broadened progressively to cover many aspects of health sector planning and management. She has intimate knowledge of the Pharmaceuticals sub-sector based on 12 years on-the-ground experience. In the past decade she has accumulated broader experience in health sector issues, largely through a series of on- the- job trainings and close involvement in major health sector projects in Nigeria.

She particularly has strong experience in the management of Drug Revolving Funds (DRF)/Health Commodities, HIV/AIDS control, Malaria prevention/control, program Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and health sector financing. She has undertaken a range of consultancies in these areas financed by the World Bank, DFID, WHO, USAID and other major donor organizations and currently working on positive deviance study on routine immunization. She has excellent writing and communication skills and is a great team player/leader. She is currently a Senior Health Analyst in Centre for Health Economics and Development, Abuja Nigeria.

Mr. Oyeleke Oyebamiji, MPH (Health Economics)
Research Fellow & Modelling Specialist

A computer scientist with background in statistical analysis and software management and currently a Research Assistant with the Centre for Health Economics and Development, Nigeria. He is currently supporting the work on Routine immunization study in Zamfara, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina and FCT commissioned by Save the Children; Social health insurance for vulnerable groups funded by National Health Insurance Scheme, feasibility studies for community based health insurance schemes across 36 states of Nigeria; simulation model for health financing pathways in Nigeria cost effectiveness of Nutrition programme in Northern Nigeria; staff-time survey component of cost effectiveness of Nutrition programme in Northern Nigeria and the cost benefit impact of the National Health Bill. He was also part of an intense workshop on Economic and financial Modelling of State Health Insurance Scheme and on-going support to Federal Ministry of Health on National Health Account. Currently an MPH Student in Health Economics Unit, University of Capetown South Africa preparing for Ph.D in Health Economics.

Mr. Korede Hammed , PGD (Economics)
Technical Operation Manager – Research Fellow & Data Analyst

Korede HAMMED obtained B. Tech. in Physics with competence in statistical analysis and software management. He is currently a Research Assistant and Data Analyst. He works under the Directorate of Operations and Knowledge Management in CHECOD. He is proficient in statistical applications such as Census and Survey Processing Software (CSPro); System of Health Accounts Tool (SHA 2011); STATA; Spectrum. He is skilled and experienced in database management; survey instrument design and development and data digitization. He is a competent personnel in development and implementation of Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI). He studied Game Theory application from Stanford University online. He is an Health System costing expert and has mastery in the use of OneHealth Tool.

He has been involved with study projects including: National Health Accounts (NHA); Lagos State Health Accounts (LSHA); Health Sector Public Expenditure Management Review (PEMR); Medium Term Sector Strategies (MTSS); Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF); Feasibility Study for Federal Capital Territory Authority Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS); Rivers and Cross-River State Household Survey; Fiscal Space Analysis (Health Insurance) for Sokoto and Bauchi states.

He is currently a member of the Core Team for National Health Account and National Strategic Health Development Plan (NSHDP) by Federal Ministry of Health and National Bureau of Statistics. He is a Data analysis expert in CHECOD. He is also a member of the Web Management Team of CHECOD. He is currently studying Economics at Postgraduate level.