Board member Profile


Olufunke Baruwa

Olufunke Baruwa is a Nigerian gender and development practitioner with expertise on economic, social and political inclusion of women and girls; public policy and governance interfacing with government, development partners and civil society. She is a public speaker, teacher and facilitator on leadership, gender relations, governance and team dynamics.

In the last two decades, she has served at various times as Program Officer on pro- poor programs focused on skills acquisition and economic independence of women and youth at the defunct National Poverty Eradication Programme; Gender Advisor at the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs (with responsibility for designing and implementing programs to fast track the achievement of MDG 3 – “To promote gender equality and empower women”); Technical Assistant on Research, Policy & Planning (working on inclusion of women and girls in ICT at the Ministry of Communication Technology); and until recently as the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund – a technical and financial resource for women in politics and decision making in Nigeria where she now serves as co-chair on the board of directors.