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Dr. Boluwaji Onabolu 

 Executive Director


Dr Boluwaji obtained a B.Sc. Degree in Zoology and an MPH (Environmental Health) from the University of Ibadan, a PGD in Practice and Principles of Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She obtained her PhD In Water Resource Science from Rhodes University in South Africa. She is also the Convener and President of the Network of Nigerian Female Professionals in WASH in Nigeria and the diaspora

Some Employment/Consultancies

  • UNICEF Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Bangladesh
  • National Community Water and Sanitation Institute at the University of Limpopo, South Africa
  • Mvula Trust South Africa
  • Medicins san Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) Lagos, Nigeria

Most recent experience: WASH Specialist Systems Strengthening and International Professional with UNICEF Bangladesh responsible for Water Quality and Water Supply, Operational Research, Concept Development of Water Supply, Hygiene and Sanitation Programs, Climate Change Adaptation, Institutional Capacity Building, WASH in Health Care Facilities.  Resource Mobilisation and Donor Relations.  Sanitation:  As part of her technical assistance to UNICEF she developed the Kenyan National ODF Implementation plan, Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, Resource Mobilization and communication strategies. WASH in Education:   She was UNICEF Nigeria Zonal Program manager for the WASH component of the largest DFID-funded girls’ Education Project globally. WASH in Health: She initiated and led the development of the WASH in Health Care Facilities Strategy for UNICEF and the Government of Bangladesh

Donor Relations

In addition to successfully managing DFID, EU, NORAD, AUSAID funding in South Africa, Dr Onabolu success­fully managed the high value USD 40 million DFID funded Sanitation, Hygiene and Water in Nigeria project which was externally evaluated as having exceeded expectations (A+) resulting in tripled fund­ing to USD 150 million by DFID. She successfully mobilised SIDA funding for scaling up water quality in Bangladesh.