TAConnect Board

We are grateful to have innovative and committed leaders to provide oversight to our organization.

Dr. Mohammed Kamal Abdurrahman

Dr Mohammed Kamal is a Medical Doctor with about thirty years’ experience in clinical and public health practice within and outside Nigeria. He trained as a medical Doctor in University of Maiduguri, Royal college of Surgeons in Ireland and the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College University of Dublin Ireland.
Prior to his present appointment as Physician to the First lady of Nigeria and subsequently Senior Special Assistant to the President on Health and Development Partners in the office of the first lady, he served as a Deputy Director in the Programme Coordination Department of the National AIDS Control Agency (NACA) where he rose to the position of a Director in the Resource Mobilization Department.
He also worked for the government of Swaziland where he held many clinical and management positions including being the National Coordinator of their Drug Resistant Tuberculosis Programme and Medical Director of the Swaziland National drug resistant tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS hospital.
Dr Mohammed Kamal has extensive local and international experience in health system management, programme management, resource mobilization and partnership coordination. Since 2015 he has been responsible for the coordination of the activities of development partners who support the developmental initiatives of the first lady through her Future Assured Programme, which implements for the Aisha Buhari Foundation which he helped to conceptualize.
He is a recipient of Nigerian achievement award in Swaziland and Letten foundation fellowship of Norway.

Eyamba Theresa Nzekwu

Eyamba T. Nzekwu is a public finance expert with over 30 years of diversified experience in key leadership roles in the private and public sectors in Nigeria.

Eyamba began her career at the London office of Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) from where she joined Chase Merchant Bank Nigeria’s office. She was the first female Accountant-General, Cross River State Nigeria and also served as pioneer Executive Commissioner (Technical) on the board of the National Pension Commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, where she and other board members played a pivotal role in the establishment and implementation of the new pension scheme in Nigeria.

Eyamba is a chartered accountant by profession, an associate member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK, and an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School USA, currently sits on the boards of several companies.

John Pilaku

John Pilaku is a public finance, operations, and grants expert with over 18 years of experience providing financial, organizational, and administrative leadership over large-scale donor-funded budgets of up to $150M in the health, nutrition, and governance sectors, including USAID and other USG-funded activities.

He has managed multi-million USAID contracts, supervised teams, managed and administered grants under contract, and coordinated implementation of project operations some of which include human resources, subcontracts, audits, development of accounting systems, facilities management, IT services, and procurement procedures.

Pilaku began his career as a Budgeting and Grants Compliance Officer with Catholic Relief Services, PEPFAR, AIDS Relief Nigeria. He served as the Finance & Administrative Manager at GRM International, DFID, State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI), Abuja and as Director, Finance and Administration at Population Council, Nigeria. He was also Director of Finance and Grants at Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation (HSDF), and later moved to Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) as Senior Finance and Administrative Manager. He is currently Head of Operations at GAIN working with other senior managers to manage donor funds and ensure compliance.

He holds a Master of Business Administration and member of several professional bodies in Nigeria.

Manasseh Igyuh

Manasseh is a Human Resources generalist with over 20 years’ hands on experience managing every aspect of core human resource management value chain which he applies with great passion towards every opportunity to build efficient institutional management strategy, systems and processes required to promote a positive work environment and drive high performance.
An astute trainer/facilitator of group learning activities using the participatory approach, he has established for managing teams of high calibre professionals to effectively deliver the support services remit i.e. general administration; travel and logistics; facilities and assets management; information technology; human resources; security, health & safety and procurement in multiple organizations. These include Head of Administration and Human Resources (and later Organizational Development Advisor) for Catholic Relief Services; Associate Director (Human Resources & Administration) at Columbia University-ICAP where he led the transition process to its successor organization, Centre for Integrated Health Programs (CIHP) and subsequently, as Head of People and Organizational Development at WaterAid.
Manasseh obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (1994) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and subsequently, a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy in 2007 from the same university. He is at full Member status of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN) and also a member of the International Association of Facilitators.
He is currently the Chief Operating Officer of GSCL, a multi-disciplinary consultancy firm with its base in Abuja, Nigeria.

Dr. Lilian Anomnachi

Dr. Lilian Anomnachi is a global health development expert with over 20  years’ experience in clinical health, technical programming across various health diseases areas including HIV, Malaria, SRH, MNCH, Nutrition, TB, CVD, NCDs, communication, research and behavior change, new business development and health systems strengthening with focus on Primary Health Care.

 She currently serves as the Executive Director, TAConnect, where she oversees a portfolio of about $200m, spanning Primary Healthcare (PHC) systems' performance and increase the uptake of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) and Malaria reaching over 50,000 direct beneficiaries’. Dr Lilian is an alumnus of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Baltimore MD, USA and Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Sokoto State, Nigeria with several professional memberships.

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