About Me

Ekemini Akpakpan is a trailblazing Social Impact Leader with 13 years of non-profit management experience who has evolved through a career in the gender space.

Often wearing strategic management hats from Head of Operations to Institutional Capacity Consultant she has a knack for building systems and designing programs to create systematic change.

Ekemini believes she is an intrapreneur first and draws from these competencies to build strong institutions.

Background and Expertise

Ekemini Akpakpan believes that strong institutions are anchored on the strategy and systems that drive them. With 13 years of managerial experience and a background in Business Administration, she has been instrumental in transforming non-profit organizations – developing the underlying structure, processes, and governance that sustain them.

Impactful Initiatives

Her strategic management experience also brings to bear in designing results-based programming. She leads the implementation of the annual African Women in Leadership Conference. Over the years she has facilitated the growth and strategy of many women-led organizations including Women Impacting Nigeria, Africa Women CEOs Network, WILAN Global, Paper Crown Rwanda, and others. As a sub-contractor for Heifer International, she was a consultant on developing their Africa gender strategy.

Commitment to Strengthening Institutions

Ekemini’s passion for women, girls, and the vulnerable deepened with a newfound commitment to strengthening public institutions to better serve vulnerable populations. This was sparked during the institutional capacity building for the Nigerian Police Force Gender Unit to better respond to violent crimes.

Ekemini has been recognized by numerous organizations including the International Youth Foundation, International Congress and Convention Association, and Women in Successful Careers among others. She was awarded a Sustainability Leader by United People Global and Social Innovation Fellow by the Donors for Africa Foundation in partnership with the African Union Youth Envoy. Her thought-leadership op-eds are published by the World Economic Forum and She Leads Africa.


Let's Collaborate

Contact me to collaborate, share a project brief, or hire me; I'd love to help.