Ms Sewuese Surma-Isaiah

is the chairperson of the Board and also a climate change expert who has a wealth of experience in women, peace and security including research on conflict, climate change reporting as well as influencing policy.

Dr Rakiya Shonekan

is the co – chairperson of the Board. Rakiya was the special assistant to the Governor of Kaduna State on Micro Finance(2008-2012). She is a transformational speaker and strong advocate for spiritual development, political and economic empowerment of women and youth.

Barr Titus Mann

is a lawyer and an activist. Titus’ wealth of experience includes working and leading one of Nigeria’s foremost CSOs, the Civil Liberties Organization, providing technical support to the National Human Rights Commission. A practising lawyer with over three decades at the Nigerian bar, Titus is an avid reader and a lover of poetry.

Dr Sunday Abah

is a mathematician, academic and theologian, Sunday brings to the Board a wealth of knowledge working with urban and rural communities on issues of faith. He works specifically with the accounting department of Connecting Gender when the need arises.

Ms Hembamtor H. Abubakar

is a retired civil servant and business woman, Hembamtor works specifically with the Administrative unit of Connecting Gender when the need arises and stands in when the leadership of the Board is not available.

Ms Ngukwase Surma

is a women’s rights and gender activist of over two decades of experience working on women, gender and social issues in Nigeria. Ngukwase is a gender and social inclusion expert having worked with several organizations as well as state Governments.


Ms Ngukwase Surma

is a women’s rights and gender activist of over two decades of experience working on women, gender and social issues in Nigeria. Ngukwase is a gender and social inclusion expert having worked with several organizations as well as state Governments.

Courage Galah

Mr Courage Galah, M&E Officer/IT Analyst, graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography (Second Class Upper Division), specializing in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). A highly experienced data analyst, Courage has worked for the Kaduna State government, Nigeria as a data processor and analysts in the Bureau of Statistics. His expertise spans several working and web based applications including SPSS data entry, processing and analysis of other statistical tools, Adobe Editing Suit, Web maintenance and content development; software programming and MS-Suit, Arc-GIS. Volunteering with the African Youth Academy (AYA) a not-for-profit as the IT/Media Officer, he developed content for the organization’s productions and streamed all their events live online. Courage has advanced internet skills working and surfing the internet with ease. Additionally, Courage has worked with the Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC), as a Video Editor and Cameraman where he filmed and produced over five hundred films and videos for the News, programmes and commercial departments. He spent his compulsory national youth service year working with young people in a tertiary institution and thus developed his skills working, mentoring and leading young people as the President of the Youth Corp Members MDGs group as well as the Youth Corp Members institutional based group. Courage is a team player who is eager to learn new things, take up challenges, solve problems and communicates clearly and precisely with team mates as a result of which he has always been the mediator of conflicts arising in teams ensuring that the teams achieve their goals and targets. He’s a Graduate Member of the National Institute of Management (NIM), Nigeria.

Emmanuel Samson Mshelia

is a graduate of University Maiduguri, Borno state, Nigeria with a B.Sc. degree in Accounting. He is currently working as the Accountant/M&E Officer of Connecting Gender for development (COGEN), His duties include amongst others, the processing of all the accounts of COGEN including book keeping records, payments and maintenance of the organization’s accounts as well as preparing financial reports for the organizations projects. His is actively involved in one of COGEN’s current project on “Tracking the Home Grown School Feeding Program for accountability and efficiency in Kaduna State” where he is involved with data entry and analysis as well as being on the M&E team that conducts spot checks/field visits to project localities.

Dr.Titus T. Orngu

Dr Titus T. Orngu, Senior Technical Expert, Peace, security and violent extremism, has over 13 years of program management experience, implementing humanitarian and international development programs funded by donors, and agencies such as The Ford Foundation, DFID, USAID, European Union, WHO, UNDP, UNHCR, UN Women and other organizations. He has worked on program domains such as: mass atrocities prevention, women peace and security, human rights, IDP protection, HIV/AIDS palliative care, support to orphans and vulnerable children. In addition, other areas of his expertise are: reproductive health rights, livelihood support to vulnerable households, as well as humanitarian support to displaced or people of concern in North East Nigeria. Dr Orngu is familiar with working collaboratively with state and non-state actors on shared goals and objectives. He holds a Program Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro) certification by APMG International. His Bachelor’s and master’s degree are in English Language. With extensive research on gender and social inclusion, his Ph.D in Literature explored aspects of cultural norms, and traditional practices that perpetuate the marginalization, discrimination, as well as exclusion of women and girls, as evident in misogynist names and proverbs. As Senior Technical Expert, Peace Security and violent extremism, Titus, overseas all COGEN’s work in this regard as well as representing COGEN in the Protection Sector Working Group in Adamawa state where he actively represents COGEN in the SGBV and child protection subgroups.

Isaac Joshua

is a mathematician with experience using MS Office suite, SPSS and other computer and social media tools. He is currently in charge of the data entry and analysis of COGEN’s project on “Tracking the National Home Grown School Feeding Program for accountability and efficiency in Kaduna State”. Isaac works as COGEN’s Data Entry Supervisor and he is responsible in ensuring that Filed Monitors collect information properly from the field. He analyses this information using SPSS for the organization’s use. He has experience in maintenance and repairs of PCs as well as in the installation of software and hardware peripherals. Isaac has also worked extensively as a youth activist in the Faith Based Organization sector for the more than 6 years where he currently holds a leadership position. He brings his wealth of experience working with young people to impact COGEN’s youth focused projects.

Jemima John

is a graduate of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria, Nigeria where she obtained a degree in Public Administration. Before joining COGEN’s team, she has worked earlier as Front Desk Officer at ABANTU for Development, a Kaduna based NGO. She is currently the Head of Administration with Connecting Gender for development (COGEN). As the Head of Administration, her duties include amongst others, staff administrative support for project implementation and logistic duties as well as supervision of support staff.