As a milestone achievement, the Board of Trustees of Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative, WACI, has approved the appointment of Dr. Stella Egbe as Chief Executive Officer of the organization.
The Board also disclosed that Ms. Adenike Adeiga is now the first Group Managing Director, Ms. Mary Adeyinka, now the Executive Director, Eme Pearl Nwaiwu takes up the Legal Director position, while Chinonye Ezenwa becomes the Business Development Manager.
All the appointments took effect from Thursday, April 1st, 2021.
Dr. Stella has been the Director of Human Resources at WACI and now replaces Mr. Abayomi as CEO.
Stella Egbe (PhD), whose appointment as CEO was confirmed by the founder and board of trustees had her first degree in Biology from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. From where she proceeded to the A. P Leventis Ornithological Research Institute, University of Jos where she got a Masters Degree in Conservation Biology and obtained her PhD also in Conservation Biology.
She had worked with the A. P Leventis Ornithological Research Institute on the Nigerian Conservation Led project in Ogun state called the Omo-Shasta-Oluwa Forest Project where for four years and she was part of some independent research teams, before joining WACI in 2020, where she helped to constitute the core team as Human Resource Manager, before her appointment as CEO.
Ms. Adeiga, the current Executive Director is being promoted to be the 1st Group Managing Director.
Ms. Adenike Adeiga is a First class graduate of Fisheries and Marine Sciences bagged from University of Lagos and a trained Project Management expert.
She is highly proactive and effective at incorporating creative leadership skills to achieve business objectives, she has been the team lead for almost 4 years at Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative and Lagos Lagoon WaterKeeper, LLW, working with national, regional and international partners and organizations, while meeting targets and increasing the visibility of WACI.
Ms. Adeyinka, who is the current project director is being promoted to the office of the Executive Director.
Ms. Adeyinka Mary, as the Project Director, ensured that the mission of WACI is fulfilled through programs design, strategic planning, implementation of projects related to conservation, research, education, wildlife rescue, advocacy and community outreach, invest and engage in building relationships with NGOs, government bodies and wildlife related organizations.
She had worked with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Forest Center, Ibadan as a Research Intern saddled with the responsibilities of indigenous tree species propagation, tour guides for forest walks and bird watching activities, quarterly ornithological monitoring, establishments of school conservation clubs in southwestern Nigeria, and moderator of Ibadan Bird Club monthly activities; well experienced in bird identification and techniques, before joining Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative as Projects Director in September 2020.
With a Professional Certificate in Project management, Customer Service Management, Adeyinka, a biodiversity enthusiast, has a Bachelor’s degree in Ecotourism and Wildlife Management (2016) from Federal University of Technology Akure, and a master’s degree in Conservation Biology (2019) from A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute (APLORI), University of Jos, Nigeria.
Mrs. Nwaiwu (Esq.) is the 1st, to occupy the office of the Legal Director of WACI.
Eme-Pearl Nwaiwu, joins WACI with over 14 years experience in corporate and litigation practice. She is a graduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University where she obtained LLB, and then proceeded for a Master’s program in International Commercial and Maritime Law from Swansea University, Wales, United Kingdom where she obtained her LLM.
Ms. Ezenwa is the 1st, Business Development Manager of WACI.
Chinonye Ezenwa, is a graduate of Agriculture from the prestigious Landmark University and she has a professional certificate in Strategic Management from Wharton University of Pennsylvania, USA.
She got employed as the Business Development Manager, after several years of experience in Customer service and Operations Management.
WACI, an NGO set up with a keen interest in the protection and conservation of endangered species is “A Special Wildlife Conservation, Research, Education, and Rescue Initiative” with a Vision to inspire “A growing generation, knowledgeable and motivated to take positive actions on behalf of the ‘Wildlife’– plants and animals that share our land and sea with us and the environment”.
The broad Methodology of WACI is to develop, produce, publish, distribute and create educational experiences and resources of all kinds, which may include, but are not limited to Formal and Informal Education Action, Conservation Excursion Action, Social Action, Environment Action, Agricultural Biodiversity action, Research Action, Nature Action, Wildlife Rescue Action, and the likes, through Live Events, teaching aid, videos, posters, web-based information, Mobile applications and online interactive activities making use of all existing and future communication technologies.
It provides a Platform for any African or Non-African Wildlife Professional or Enthusiast motivated to take positive actions on behalf of Wildlife of Africa through Volunteering and seeks working relationship partnerships with individuals, Educational Institutions, Conservation Centres, Research Institutions, NGOs, the private sector, or cultural organization, to explore a Partnership Action in achieving the vision, mission, goals, and objectives of WACI.