Mr. Innocent (Inno) Ofoma graduated from Imperial College, London with an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience, and worked for over two decades in the Oil and Gas industry. During his career, he travelled to many countries, and his observations strengthened his desire to support the younger generation, especially girls in his home country of Nigeria, and Africa in general. He has been involved in many humanitarian works and activities since he was a student in London. There, he worked with homeless and substance abuse individuals. In the early days of Mustard Seed Organization, he established a free reading library in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. Later on, Mustard Seed Organization carried out free medical services to communities in hard-to-reach areas, mostly in the central part of Nigeria. Working with his team members, he identified the unaddressed menstrual period crisis as a silent and debilitating crisis. Based on their observations, the mission of Mustard Seed Organization was refocused to make “PERIOD” poverty and its understanding in Nigeria, Uganda and other sub-Saharan African nations a thing of the past.
Inno currently lives in Texas, USA, with his wife and four children.
Professor Chinwe Elizabeth Uzochukwu
Professor Chinwe Elizabeth Uzochukwu teaches in the department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria where she is a professor and the current Head of Department. Her area of research interest is Behavior Change Communication (BCC) with emphasis on Health/Development Communication. She is passionate about reaching out to impact the lives of youths and children in her environment. She is married with children
Kenechi was educated at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, where she obtained an LL.B and after attending the Nigerian Law School was called to Nigerian Bar in 2000. She is presently a Partner in Koya & Kuti, a Law Firm based in Lagos from where she provides a full range of legal services to private and corporate clients, both locally and internationally. The Firm is affiliated with the International Business Law Consortium based in Salzburg, Austria.
She heads the Corporate and Commercial Group of the Firm and is versatile in regulatory and compliance matters as they relate to profit and not-for-profit organizations. She has been involved in several Multi-Jurisdictional financial transactions and has extensive expertise and experience in legal/corporate governance, transparency, and accountability reforms, as well as preparing and managing privatization, concession, and Public-Private Partnerships projects.
Kenechi’s professional affiliations include – the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, and Capital Marker Solicitors’ Association.
Her interest is in refocusing and transforming lives, especially the young girls and women
Adaora is an accountant/credit risk professional. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, Imo State in Nigeria. While in undergrad school, Adaora was involved in numerous mission trips sharing the good news of the gospel. She proceeded to earn a double major MBA in Accounting and Finance from American Intercontinental University in Houston Texas, in 2010. Adaora, currently, is a Senior Credit Risk Analyst at the largest North American midstream corporation where she leads evaluations of the Company’s counterparty credit portfolio in excess of $100.0 billion. When Adaora is not busy crunching numbers and generating high profile reports for executive management at work, she is engaged in pro-bono financial and wealth management for family and friends. Beyond that, her favorite cap is being a crazy passionate mother to her four amazing teenage boys, and a wife to her husband, Innocent, of 21 years. Adaora describes herself as uncomplicated, grateful, and ardent developer of ideas.
Dr. Joseph (aka Joe) Okeke is a retired general surgeon. He has trained and practiced for some years in the United Kingdom. He also practiced in Canada and Nigeria before relocating to the US in 1978 where he was in private practice for 27 of the 69 years of active surgical practice. He retired from active surgical practice in 2005. He has first-hand exposure to the challenges faced by entities providing health care in diverse situations and under all kinds of conditions, having practiced in both urban and rural areas. In addition to medical practice, he was and still is active in community affairs viz: First board Chairman Nigerian Foundation Houston, Founding President African Community Organization Houston, Founding Chairman World Igbo Congress Houston, and many others.
Dr. Joe is married with children and grandchildren.
Charles ‘Charlie’ Cleneay is a retired oil field professional, having worked 41 years in the industry. He has worked for major and independent oil companies, as well as consulting firms. He has served on boards of several volunteer organizations, and for 45 years as a Presbyterian Ruling Elder.
He was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, but received his BS in Geology at Texas Christian University, and his MS at Bowling Green State University. He served as an officer in the US Navy. His outside interests include helping others, tracking recent scientific developments, singing and gardening.
Ceazer Wasike Zubeda was educated at the Islamic University In Uganda where she obtained a BPA with a bias in Human Resource Management and Development.
Presently, Ceazer is operating a Community Based Organization that focuses on the elderly persons, Victims of Gender Based Violence, Widows, and Girls who have dropped out of school due to various reasons and the Orphans.
Ceazer has been involved in several organizations like CURE international Hospital, Benedictine Eye Hospital, Mbale Resort Hotel, Protea Hotel and, Wash and Wills Hotel as the Human Resource Manager.
Ceazer’s interest is focused on giving Life and a Hand to the vulnerable persons in our communities