About WISE

The Women's Initiative for Sustainable Environment’s approach to the issue of environmental sustainability is an integrated one, as WISE engages in environmental projects and programs in the areas of environmental governance and awareness  creation, water sanitation and hygiene, municipal waste management, tree planting, women’s rights and empowerment, and tourism. We have benefitted from both long term and short term partnerships with both local and international organizations by way of participation in capacity building programs, project planning, development and implementation, and technical and funding support.

Our Vision:

A safe and just environment for ALL.

Our Mission:
To promote constructive environmental ideals, culture and practices by empowering women, especially grassroots women, to become environmental stewards.

Our Core Values:
- Accountability and transparency
- Equity, fairness, and justice
- Timeliness

Our Team

MS. OLANIKE OLUBUNMI OLUGBOJI

OlanikeOlanike has a professional background in Urban and Regional Planning (First and Second Degrees); and professional experiences as a Social Entrepreneur, Environmental Advocate, Educator and professional. Olanike has worked for years to mobilize disadvantaged women in Kaduna State, Nigeria to address a number of environmentally destructive cultural practices in water supply, energy services, urban transport, education and waste management issues. She has a wealth of experience in Development work and has participated in many International, National and local meetings, capacity building forums and researches. She is versatile and is affiliated to a number of local and international organizations which include, amongst others, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners , Nigerian Environmental Society, Industrial Pollution and Abatement Committee (Kaduna, Nigeria), Global Collaborators Alliance (California, USA), Foundation for Educational Advancement (Calabar, Nigeria), Women’s Earth Alliance (New York), USA, Global Women’s Leadership Network( Santa Clara, USA), Rural Africa and Water Development Project( Nigeria), Love and Compassion (Nigeria), Green Environment Foundation (Kaduna, Nigeria) and WorldPulse. She was also a foundation member of the Women’s Global Green Action Network (New York, USA). While serving as the Secretary to the Board of WISE, she currently also volunteers her time to WISE, as the Executive Director/Program Coordinator. Olanike networks governmental and intergovernmental bodies, NGOs, CBOs and other individuals and corporate organizations to develop environmentally sustainable initiatives. Her hobbies and interests include Research, Reading/Writing, Poetry, Tourism and Cookery. She has written several published articles and Poems in Newspapers, books and blogs.

DR. BABA AUSTIN HYUWA

HyuwaDr. Baba is the serving Chairman earned a Ph.D. Degree (Regional Planning), from the School of Environmental Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom. His experience in the Government service, professional specialization and exposure as a private Consultant has earned him appointments within the political cycles. He serves on the Board of a number of companies and organizations amongst which are Midlands Consultancy Services Limited, Taula Integrated Services and, NAC Engineering Services Limited and Green environment Foundation.  He is a fellow and current 1st Vice-president of the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), a member of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) and the Town Planners Registration Council (TOPREC) of Nigeria.  He has served as Team Leader on several EIA projects and also supervised many Federal Government of Nigeria Ecological Fund Projects and related studies. His teaching, research and consultancy experiences and expertise makes him a much sought after expert, speaker and facilitator at seminars, workshops and conferences. In 2011, he was appointed Sole Administrator of Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria.

REVEREND SHOLA ADESOYE

Reverend SholaReverend Shola is the very amiable and dynamic founder and senior pastor of the Light House Church, a fast growing Ministry in Nigeria. Though a professionally qualified and talented Architect, he gave up professional practice to preach and teach God’s word; thus consistently winning souls and raising a generation of men and women who are sold out to God. He is a mentor of repute whose rare combination of God’s Grace, revelation insight and humility has been a blessing to both the young and old worldwide; especially through his teachings, books, recordings, broadcasts and Ministry. His book “Becoming Great” is in high demand and is a must read for everyone who aspires to make a difference. Reverend Adesoye, is also the host of “Total Impact”, a popular weekly Television broadcast which has become a delight in many homes. He is one of the most selfless, exceptional, dedicated and inspirational leaders of our time; who combines his practical teachings with a very sound business acumen and volunteerism.

MRS. ANNA AVONG

Anna AvongAnna has a BSc. and Master’s degrees (in view); both are in the field of Geography. She is a prolific educationist and women’s rights advocate and leader, who retired from active public service as a Deputy Director in the Kaduna State Ministry of Education; after putting in 30 meritorious years of teaching and administrative proficiency. In recognition of her gallant and unmatched commitment, she was given the traditional title of Gimbiya Takad in her native community. A community steward par excellence and role model to many women and groups, she volunteers her time to many organizations and has been involved in membership and leadership capacities with the prestigious Young Men Christian Association (Nigeria), Christian Association of Nigeria, Christian Rural Developemnt Association of Nigeria (CRUDAN), National Council for Women Societies (a past secretary and president of the, Kaduna State Chapter,  an ex-officio of the Council till date and Nominee to National Executive Position) and  Attarkar Women Association of Nigeria (Current National president) amongst other women groups. She is a recipient of a number of distinguished awards and has visited a number of countries which include Israel, Germany, South Korea, China, South Africa, Togo, Kenya and Egypt.

SURVEYOR RUFUS OLUKAYODE OGUNLEYE

Surveyor RufusRufus holds the traditional of Asa of Ado-Ekiti, has a Bsc. (Hons) in Surveying, Master of Environmental Management and Certificate in satellite imageries. He is a Consultant Registered Surveyor and Environmentalist. He attained the peak of his career while working with the Nigerian Livestock project division (NLPD) under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources. Till date, he has handled, supervised and accomplished several environmental surveys, studies, management as well as related consultancy tasks. He is the C.E.O/Managing Director of Landmarks Surveys and Services Limited (a Multi-disciplinary consultancy services firm), a fellow of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (FNCF), Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (FNIS) and was elected 1st Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Environmental society, Kaduna State Chapter in 2007. As part of his official and study tours, he has visited several countries which include Tunisia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Israel and the United States of America. His outstanding leadership qualities have earned appointments as patron of the Survey Students Association, Federal School of Surveying, Oyo and Survey Students Association, Kaduna Polytechnic respectively. Till date, he is a Federal and State Consultant on Sustainable development and Management of Grazing Reserves in Nigeria.