Olufunke Baruwa is a passionate gender and development practitioner with particular focus on inclusion of women and girls in economic, social and political circles in Nigeria; interfacing with government, development partners and civil society for almost two decades. She is a public speaker and facilitator on women’s leadership, gender relations, governance and team dynamics.
Ms. Baruwa 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 Goal 3 – “To promote gender equality and empower women” and as Technical Assistant on Research, Policy & Planning working on inclusion of women and girls in ICT at the Ministry of Communication Technology.
As one of ‘17 women changing the world’ identified by the Institute for Inclusive Security at its 2015 Colloquium held at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Baruwa is a member of the Women Waging Peace Network; a Leading Woman and Mentor.
Ms. Baruwa holds a B.Sc. Business Administration, an MBA in Management from Nigeria with post-graduate certifications in Gender and Public Policy & Management from the Universities of East Anglia and York, UK respectively.
She currently sets the strategic vision and mobilizes resources 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.