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At LAPO, we implement clear policies, procedures and guidelines, which make us responsive, accountable and transparent as an organization. Our internal management system is designed to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of our programmes.  We seek to build an institution with an enviable reputation for consistent adoption and implementation of international best practices in corporate governance, service delivery and value creation for all stakeholders. The philosophy of the organization is executed through the Board of Directors and Board Committees.

Board of Directors

The Board of LAPO has a commitment to the core mission of empowering the poor on a sustainable basis. The boardensures the effectiveness of our internal management system and mechanisms for upholding the benchmarks of accountability and transparency. Members have rich knowledge and experience in social development, poverty alleviation, public health, management, administration, policy advocacy and law.

The Board delegates responsibility for the day-to-day management of LAPO to the Executive Director with the support of the Management Team. The Executive Director exercises the delegated powers in accordance with guidelines approved by the board. The board consists of seven (7) Non-Executive Directors, one of whom is the Chairperson, and an Executive Director.

Osaren Emokpae PhD, DBA – Chairman

Osaren Emokpae PhD, DBA holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Calabar (1980); a Master of Science degree in Economics; Master’s degree in Managing Organisational Performance, a post graduate diploma in Strategic Leadership and Doctorate degree in Business Administration. He is a fellow of the Institute of Marketing and Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeroa (APCON).

He is an alumnus of Cranfield School of Management and Oxford University and a DBA Scholar at Hertfordshire Business School. He has over 35 year’s professional experience spanning Marketing, Finance, Corporate consulting and the Academia. He is the Chairman of the Institute of Leadership and a director of the McPherson University. He is currently the Chairman, LAPO Board of Directors.

Godwin Ehigiamusoe PhD – Vice Chairman

Dr Godwin Ehigiamusoe is an accomplished social entrepreneur and a foremost microfinance practitioner who has applied the concept of social enterprise to successfully build a number of enterprises which address the needs of persons and businesses at the bottom end of the society.

He has a doctorate degree in Policy and Development Studies, a Master’s degree in Development Studies, Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and a diploma in Corporative Thrift and Credit Management. He has attended several capacity enhancement and development programmes at the Harvard Kennedy School (2005); Lagos Business School (2010); IESE Business School, Barcelona (2010) and ISEAD Business School, Singapore Campus (2010).

In 2006, he led LAPO to win the prestigious Grameen Foundation Award for Excellence in Microfinance. He won the Model Entrepreneur Award – Nigeria of the FATE Foundation in 2008 and the Professor Schwab Foundation’s ‘Outstanding Social Entrepreneur for Africa 2010 Award. In 2014, Dr Ehigiamusoe won, along with former Governor Peter Obi, the Lagos Business School’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In 2012, the Rotary Club of Benin City honoured him for his outstanding contributions to human development while the University of Benin, Benin City also conferred on him Doctor of Science degree (Honoris Causa) in 2016.

He has authored, Understanding NGOs (1998), Poverty and Microfinance in Nigeria (2000), Issues in Microfinance: Enhancing Financial Inclusion (2011), It Can Be Done (The Mind Behind LAPO) and Touching Lives: My LAPO Journey (2021).

Elizabeth Ngozi Ehigiamusoe  – Member

Elizabeth Ngozi Ehigiamusoe

Mrs. Elizabeth Ehigiamusoe is the pioneer Managing Director of Micro-Investment Support Services Limited (MISS). She holds M.Sc. degree in Financial Management (2011) and B.Sc. degree in Accounting (2007) from the University of Benin, Nigeria.

Ehigiamusoe is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (London), the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and the Nigeria Institute of Management. She has attended several management training programmes within and outside the country including the Lagos Business School (2008) and Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Germany (2007).

Dr. Oyefemi Margaret Obazee- Member

She is a consultant Ophthalmologist with Echos Hospital, NNPC Medical Centre and Faith Mediplex Hospital, Benin City and a Part time Ophthalmologist Residency Trainer at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Benin City, Edo state.
A fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS), she holds Bachelor of Medicine Surgery (MBBS) degrees from the University of Ibadan.

Edward Osayomwanbor Aghimien – Member

Aghimien holds degrees in Economics and Marketing. He has attended courses in Strategy Formulation, Implementation, Leadership and Corporate Governance at the Stanford University, USA as well as International Management Programme in Marketing, Finance and Brand Management. He has vast experience in marketing and human resource management gained from various positions in Johnholt, Kingsway Stores and Lever Brothers Plc where he was a Brand Manager. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, United Kingdom, Nigeria Marketing Association and the Nigeria Institute of Management.

Elizabeth Eguasa Nekpen Esq – Member

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She holds Barrister at Law (BL) and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the Nigerian Law School the University of Benin, Benin City respectively. She also holds an Associate Degree in Secretariat Science from the Miami-Dade Comm. College, USA and a certificate in General Management from the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON).

Elizabeth Eguasa serves as a Principal Partner in E.N. Eguasa and Co. and has also served as Chairperson, Board of Directors of Micro Investment Support Services Limited. She was a Director in three government establishments in Edo State, Nigeria.

Dorcas Osahenrumwen Thorpe – Member

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Thorpe heads the Alternative Delivery Channel (ADC) Group in LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited and has background in information technology, project management, financial services and customer relationship. She holds MSc degree in Computer Information and Networks from the University of Essex, United Kingdom (2013) and B.Sc. degree in Information Technology and Networking from the Middlesex University, United Kingdom (2011).

A member of the Institute of Customer Relationship Management and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, she is skilful in Agent Network Management, Project Management and Customer Relationship Management, Creative Designs and Software Development. Her achievements include launching the Agent Banking Operations of LAPO MfB and using cards for financial transactions.

Andrew Edozie Ejoh – Member

Mr. Ejoh Andrew holds a Diploma in Accounting from Faulks Lynch College of Accountancy, London (1976) and an alumnus of several international training institutions. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

He is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of experience which cut across Auditing, Taxation, and Financial Advisory. He was the past chairman of the Warri District Society of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

Honestus Ayobami  Obadiora PhD- Member

Ayobami Honestus Obadiora

Dr Honestus Ayobami Obadiora is the Executive Director of LAPO. He holds PhD, MA, BA degrees (Physical & Health Education) from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is Board-certified in public health (NBPHE), IUHPE-Registered Health Promotion Practitioner, and Master Business Consulting Professional™. He has attended several professional development training programmes including Intensive Reproductive and Family Health Course (Univ. Ibadan, Com Medicine); Entrepreneurship Development Programme (NDE/Nigeria); Leading Change Through Policymaking (British Council); Project Management (Inter-American Development Bank, ATHE, TQUK); Human Resource Management for USAID Implementing Partners (MSH); Social Policy for Social Services & Health Practitioners and; Foundation of Global Health Specialization Program of Johns Hopkins University amongst others. Obadiora is a member of several professional bodies, a well-experienced programme manager, and highly passionate about community-based initiatives aimed at improving the wellbeing of the vulnerable in least developed countries.


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