Who We Are

The CHELD team is comprised of lawyers, doctors, health professionals, social scientists, economists, public health specialists, gender specialists, and statisticians. Each professional brings their expertise to different aspects of CHELD’s work, providing a holistic approach to health law and policy development and to the execution of the practical projects that CHELD undertakes. A core team oversees the regular operations of CHELD.

 

Core Team

The team is led by the Founder and Executive Director, Dr. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe Onuobia. Dr. Onyemelukwe Onuobia has an expertise in in Health Law, Ethics and Policy, and in Governance and Regulation. She holds a doctorate degree in law, specialising in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy from Dalhousie University, Canada. She has a First Class degree in law from the University of Nigeria. Cheluchi has practised law in a top law firm in Nigeria, developed policy and regulation within government, conducted research in health law, ethics and policy, and helped draft health legislation and regulations, and consulted for different international development organisations. Most recently, she has taught Health Law and Policy at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.  Cheluchi is involved in several health promotion activities, including serving on the board of Sharing in Health, an organisation that is established to provide medical literature freely online to medical students in developing countries. She is a member of several professional bodies, including the Nigerian Bar Association and the World Association of Medical Law. She has presented at various national and international forums and before diverse audiences, including young people and persons in different professions. Her research on health law and policy has been published in reputable journals in Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and New Zealand.  She has won numerous awards, scholarships, and fellowships, including the Killam Scholarship, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy, the Justice Olujide Somolu Prize for Civil Procedure at the Nigerian Law School and the Faculty Prize for the Best Graduating Student at the University of Nigeria. She is passionate about improving health outcomes in Nigeria and other developing countries, using both law/policy instruments and through engaging practically with existing health challenges.

 

Felix Obi has training and broad experience in health policy and health systems analysis.  He worked in a variety of clinical settings before serving as the In-House Consultant/Health Expert to the Nigeria Office of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) during which he oversaw the implementation of bilateral technical cooperation and grant aid programs supported by the Government of Japan in the areas of Immunization, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Hospital Management, Human Resources for Health. In addition, he has served as the Gender Focal Person and managed women empowerment projects supported by JICA in Nigeria. In the past five years, Felix has served in different strategic/technical committees that provided technical assistance to Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health in the areas of Burden of Diseases Study, Essential National Health Research, and Social Mobilization for Immunization, HIV/AIDS, Roll Back Malaria, and Public-Private Partnerships for Health, Health Systems Strengthening, and National Strategic Health Development Plan among others. As an independent health systems consultant, he provides consultancy services to the Federal Ministry of Health, Donor Agencies, and International NGOs working in the health sector in Nigeria. He currently serves as a co-editor of the Nigeria edition of Africa Health Journal. He is also a member of the Health Policy Research Group of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus, and serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Public Health Foundation of Nigeria. Felix is a graduate physiotherapy at the Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria and holds a Masters Degree in Health Planning and Management (MHPM) at the University of Benin, Nigeria with special focus on Policy Analysis. He holds British Council professional certificates on Coaching & Mentoring, and Performance Management and belongs to a lot of professional organizations.

Ngozi Enelamah brings an expertise in training/capacity-building and execution of health projects to CHELD. She has a background in work-place learning, organization development and interventions in the non-profit social sector. She has been involved in long-term planning, research for decision making, project management, policy and procedures development, advocacy, training/workshop facilitation for diverse projects. As a Trainer/Organization Development Facilitator, Ngozi has interfaced with several organizations, organized over 150 workshops to assist workgroups to perform and exceed their set objectives. As a Trainer, she has developed curricula and session plans. She has worked on reproductive health, HIV//AIDS, civic education and education projects. She is founder of the Centre for Societal Transformation, a non-profit focused on youth development through health, education and civic programs.Ngozi has a Bachelor of Pharmacy and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees.

Okechukwu O’Martins is a public health researcher who has executed several studies and trainings on health issues.  A Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health United Kingdom, he has worked as a research analyst with a leading consulting firm in Nigeria and as a researcher with the Research Graduate School at the University of Berkfordshire, where he played a major role in the acquisition of the Research Badge of Excellence by the university.  Okechukwu is concerned with, and involved in research that spans over health promotion and protection with Africa as a focal point.  He has also worked as a researcher at the Research Graduate School. He holds a BSc in Applied Microbiology from the NnamdiAzikiwe University Nigeria and a Master’s degree with Commendation in Public Health from the University of Bedfordshire UK.

Chinwe Ojukwu, an accountant by training, has tax management and accounts experience gained within top multinational and multicultural companies in different countries.  In the course of her travels, she has experienced different cultures and personalities providing her with experience in managing cross-cultural relationships, multinational perspectives and personalities. Touched by the plight of young girls and women in Nigeria and sensing a need for positive role modeling for this demographic, Chinwe founded Novus Femina.  Latin for Revived or Renewed Female, Novus Femina is a non-governmental organization that focuses on counseling, motivating, and empowering young girls and women.

Akaoma Onyemelukwe brings her expertise in health project management and health programming to CHELD.  She has worked for over a decade in leading and supporting international public health/social development initiatives. She has worked in various international non-governmental organizations in Nigeria, including in Action aid International and Family Health International (FHI 360). She has extensive experience in the areas of Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS as well as health systems strengthening. She has designed, planned and managed reproductive and sexual health programming in local, post conflict communities in several states in Nigeria. She has built the institutional and organizational based capacity of focal NGO program partners, networks, internally displaced persons, community based and government institutions at both federal and state levels. She has also designed, implemented and evaluated health financing and human resources for health programs. Akaoma comes with strong skills in planning, coordination and budgeting. She has a degree in English from the NnamdiAzikiwe University and certificates in public health and health economics. Her papers and abstracts have been presented at important conferences, including the International AIDS Conference.

Kwame Nkrumah Ugoji brings more than 15 years of experience in  project management, business and technology, including strategy formulation and implementation across several industry segments specifically, real estate, energy, management consulting, financial services and information technology. Kwame’s enduring passion is working with clients to meet the challenge of sustaining superior levels of value creation through product and process innovation.  Kwame has advised on and led diverse teams in the transactional management and conclusion of various large scale transactions both locally and internationally at a compounded approximate transaction value of over N50billion.  Kwame holds two degrees in Psychology and Law from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is a practicing Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

 

 

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