ARC is an initiative of Ayo Alli-Balogun and is peopled by seasoned change specialists with cumulative work experience of over three hundred years, who are passionate and committed to developing human capacity to its optimal level, thereby improving standards and positioning organizations toward greater productivity.
Ayo Alli-Balogun is the CEO of Attitudinal Resource Consult and a social change specialist. She is a graduate of the prestigious University of Lagos, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Public and International Affairs degrees.
She served as a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Lagos State, Office of Transformation for several years. During the period Ayo spearheaded Attitudinal Change Management (ACM) in the state’s Civil Service, partook in several reform projects and also served in committees in the state Civil Service as chairman and member. She is a member of several management bodies.
She has been involved in many social reform projects in Nigeria, several African countries and Europe (Sweden and Denmark) including the Amazing Amazon Initiative, a social orientation programme focused on women mental shift for personal development.
She performs the duty of a life coach priming women and youths for optimal performances.
Ben Arikpo is a Sociologist, specializing in Governance and Public Service Reforms, Organization Development, Human Resources Management, Conflict Management, Peace Building as well as community development and capacity building with over 25 years’ experience working across Southern, East and West Africa including extensive work in Nigeria. Since gaining his MSc in Industrial Sociology (Specialization in Human Resources) from the University of Calabar, he has worked with the academia, Government (Federal, State and Local), community and private sector organizations in Africa, demonstrating an ability to communicate and negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders at all levels. He has an excellent understanding of the social, economic and political situation in Africa, including the needs of and opportunities for the public sector reforms, interfaith coalition building and institutional reform Nigeria.
Bamidele Thomas is an Economist and International Relations expert who has been working in the area of governance and economic reforms. Mr Thomas has worked extensively with the United Kingdom, Department for International Development (DFID), specifically the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) programme in Nigeria (SPARC) specifically in the area of knowledge management and has been instrumental in the development of Knowledge management as an integral part of the SPARC programme. Prior to his work in SPARC Mr Thomas has consulted for institutions such as the Office of the Presidency of Nigeria, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Trade, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission and Shell Nigeria. Mr Thomas was also United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) staffer for more than 7yrs, where he worked in The African Bureau and the South-South Cooperation Unit, He was also the Senior Advisor to the UN Coordinator in Malawi, his area of specialization was the development and implementation of private sector development strategies for countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Adeyinka O. Bankole is currently an Associate Professor and Head of Department of Sociology in the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria. Dr.Bankole holds B.Sc. Degree in Sociology, trained as an Industrial Sociologist at the Master Degree level and PhD in Sociology of Development. In addition, he was a UNESCO Fellow 2003-2004 and Research Scholar at the University of Warsaw (Poland) 2006-2008 under the auspices of MacArthur Foundation-UI Capacity Building Programme; a recipient of Leverhulme Trust Grants in the Joint Programme on ‘Migration and Citizenship’ of the University of Bristol and University College, London, United Kingdom in 2008. Over these years, he also featured as Guest Lecturer in many higher institutions in Poland. Dr.Bankole has robust and very rich experience in teaching, research, consultancy services as a university scholar in Nigeria and abroad.
Laila St.Mathew-Daniel is a Management Graduate and an accomplished administrator of over 25 years. She is a Transformational Leadership Strategist and Empowerment Coach using psychology, and neuro-linguistic programme-tools to address the limiting beliefs and negative habitual behaviour. She is the Principal Consultant of Jacinta Limited, a Lifestyle Re-engineering organization. She has conducted personal Executive Coaching for CEOs of various medium/large corporations, the Executive and Judiciary, in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. She played a critical role in Cote D’Ivoire as a member of the reconciliation committee to broker peace between the government and the opposition. She is a Public Speaker, Writer and Author of various books on self-development and empowerment. She runs a gender based organization that deals with domestic violence and abuse, and conducts Vocational/Life Skills Empowerment for disadvantaged women and youths; and awareness to create zero-tolerance towards domestic violence & abuse.
Great Imo-Jonathan (NIPR) is a Chartered Public Relations practitioner. He started his career in the now privatized Daily Times Nigerian Newspapers. He served in other organizations including: TerraKulture, Committee for Relevant Art, (organizers of Lagos Book and Art Festival). He is a consultant to Tribe Media, (Producers of AIT InfoTech Network), Onyekachi Ubanu Foundation, La shone Links Limited, CIS Movies and Entertainment, Exegesis Magazine, My Academy West Africa (a Presidential Amnesty vendor company), Etc. He was the managing consultant to Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Emeka Ike and many other entertainment superstars in Nigeria. He is a member of American Consul’s Information Resource Centre in Lagos, participant African Regional Summit on Visual Art (ARESUVA). He is a public affairs analyst, features on major national television and radio platforms. He is a writer, author and motivational speaker. And he is passionate about attitudinal orientation and social development.
John Oluwagbemiga is a business development and strategy specialist with more than thirty years working experience. He has been a privatization, commercialization and process-engineering expert on several start-up public and private sector enterprises. He conceptualized and developed the Plateau Film City and the restructuring of the Nigerian Film Corporation. He consults for the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation (FMINO). He has been the Managing Director/CEO of several Companies. He is currently the Managing Consultant/CEO of Pratix Consulting Limited, a Strategy, Business Development and Human Capital Development consultancy based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Ambassador Stephen Olukorede Willoughby was a Nigerian career diplomat and high-level administrator in an exciting 35-year career in the Federal Civil Service that spanned from August 1976 - August 2011.A 1975 Political Science graduate of the University of Lagos, Nigeria, his over three decades of service in the promotion of Nigeria’s dynamic external relations featured close involvement in policies and strategies on African regional and multilateral issues in the Nigerian Foreign Service.
Ambassador Willoughby had diplomatic postings in New York, Beijing, Moscow, Brussels, Ethiopia and Paris before he was appointed Ambassador and deployed to the NEPAD Secretariat, Midland, South Africa, as Nigeria's Representative. At the NEPAD Secretariat he served as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, responsible for External Relations, Partnerships & Resource Mobilization and acted as Chief Executive Officer of the Secretariat from January 2008 to April 2009, to oversee the positioning of NEPAD for effective integration into the African Union
He was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Nigerian Federal Civil Service in November 2009 and charged with service-wide Manpower Development issues. He moved to Federal Ministry of Information and Communications in December 2010 from where he retired in August 2011.
He received the Nigerian national honour's award of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in September 2012. Ambassador Willoughby now consults on African diplomacy, governance and development among other issues affecting the continent. He remains very passionate about Nigerian and African issues, particularly, self-reliant development.
Mrs. Bunmi Morenikeji Bsc, MBA, MNIM, FCA holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, and Masters’ Degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Lagos. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM). She also obtained a mini masters in Human Resource Management from Metropolitan School of Business & Management UK. She is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers of Nigeria and Chartered Institute of Professional Managers & Administrators USA.
From 1989 till date, she has acquired a working experience from various companies including: Bayer Pharmaceuticals Nigeria Limited, Lozinger Securities Limited, Capital Express Securities Limited (a subsidiary of Capital Express Assurance), United Bank for Africa, NNB International Bank Plc and Capital Express Assurance. She demonstrated a high level of loyalty, commitment, and relentless efficiency in her work. She resigned in 2012 to set up her own consulting firm.
She is an erudite scholar, and has attended various professional training seminars and courses locally and internationally to further strengthen her accounting and managerial skills. She is on the board of several NGOs because of her passion for the development of a total and accomplished individual. Some of which includes Technology Literacy Foundation, Hope & Life International. She is happily married with children.
Dr Joy Ogbonna is a qualified clinical Psychotherapist. She holds a doctorate degree in Psychotherapy, MSc Psychology, B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling and a Diploma in Social work.
Her experience spans over twenty years as a3 therapist for teenagers in several Federal Unity Schools in Nigeria. She provided therapy as an intern psychologist to ECOMOG soldiers from Liberian War (going through PTSD) and their families. She also provided support for people living with and those affected by HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.
Dr Joy Ogbonna also has wide experience in multicultural and multinational setting in Ontario Canada, where she worked for several years with immigrants and provided therapy to abused teenagers, women, men and children.
She currently sits on various boards of Freedom Foundations.