• Assessment, Innovation, Strategy and Evaluation

Dr. Emilomo Ogbe


Dr. Emilomo Ogbe is a medical doctor and researcher with experience in gender mainstreaming, Bioethics and sexual and Reproductive Health, programme management, policy analysis and research in West and East Africa and South East Asia. She is a Board member of the Postpartum Support Network Africa, Ethics Review Member of Marie Stopes International and Researcher at the University of Gent, where her research is focused on the influence of social networks on health decision making and utilisation of GBV services by refugees. She is currently a Steering Committee member and one of the Principal Investigators for the ‘Personal and Family Coping with Covid 19’ Consortium across over 22 Low and Middle income countries. She has a Masters in Gender and Development with a focus on Health, from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK and a MD degree from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. 

Emilomo worked as a consultant with the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organisation, Geneva and as a Project coordinator for an EU FP7 project focused on postpartum maternal and infant health across 4 sub-Saharan African countries at the International Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Ghent, Belgium. She has co-coordinated and evaluated other sexual and reproductive health projects in Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines and the United Kingdom, focused on vulnerable groups for multi-donor projects for DFID, USAID and WHO. She has conducted a strategic assessment of a Women’s rights’ Organisation in Nigeria (WRAPA) and also supported a strategic assessment for the Global Funding Facility project for the World Bank. She has and continues to provide Gender technical advice to the World Health Organisation, Geneva and the International Organisation of Migration.

Emilomo has lived and worked in Nigeria, Belgium, Kenya, India, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the Philippines, and worked on global health and development projects that span across over more than 20 countries. She is fluent in English and speaks some French and Dutch. She has published several peer reviewed publications.

Dr. Muktar Gadanya


Dr. Muktar Gadanya is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Honorary Consultant Public Physician. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (FMCPH). He has a  Masters of Science (MSc) degree from the University of London/ London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research. He won the 2nd Prize for  a Higher Education Academy Essay Competition during his time at LSHTM. 

He has consulted widely for local and international governmental, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations like the  WHO, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates  Foundation funded project, Futures Group, Management Science for Health (MSH/USAID), CapacityPlus/USAID, Palladium, M-Space. He has worked as a Principal National Investigator for different research studies in Nigeria- UNICEF MenAfriVac Survey Phase III; WHO  MenAfriVac Survey Phase IV; Equal Access International multi-states survey 2015; and Arewa 24/ Equal Access multi-states survey 2017.

He has extensive experience in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research. He is proficient in quantitative and qualitative data analysis. He has over 42 peer reviewed publications. 

Muktar is fluent in English and Hausa

Genna Byrd


Genna has almost 10 years’ experience in strategic partnerships, business development, and social impact. She works across sectors to grow strategic collaborations for business and social change – most recently as Senior Manager for Partnerships at Plan International USA and formerly as a Senior Officer, Corporations and Foundations for the Global Fund for Children, Washington, DC., Business Development Consultant, the George Washington University and Development manager, Empire State Pride Agenda. She has identified, launched, and grown initiatives with clients including Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Estée Lauder Companies, Johnson & Johnson, and more. She is also the Founder of Start DC, an online community that fostered a network of women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color in Washington DC by applying community knowledge and market gap insight, resulting in the launch of the city’s first website for this audience from 2015 -2018. 

 Genna Byrd received her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Cambridge and her Master’s in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. 

 Genna has lived and worked in 4 countries across 3 continents. 

Dr. Oritseweyimi Ogbe


AISE Consulting Nigeria is led by Dr. Oritseweyimi Ogbe and our Founder, Dr. Emilomo Ogbe. Dr. Oritseweyimi Ogbe has 20+ years of experience working on and leading health systems strengthening and development projects across Nigeria for the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), having served as the Deputy Director of the NPHCDA, and now the Chief Medical Officer. He has supported the implementation of World Bank and Gates Funded development projects in Nigeria while working at the community level to develop capacity for co-management of health and development services. He led the development of the national Minimum Health Care Package for Nigeria. He also anchored the development of the national Primary Health Care Management Systems (PHCMIS; tools and manual) by an Expert Technical Committee.

External associates

Deborah Spindelman


Deborah Spindelman has 15+ years of experience working in inclusive education, capacity development, and systems strengthening among marginalised communities in low-, medium-, and high-income countries. She also brings 4 years of teaching and facilitation experience with graduate and executive students addressing issues of sustainability and development in communities across six continents. 

Her work is committed to equity and justice, grounded in an appreciation for diversity in all its forms. She is a research fellow at the Research for Equitable Access in Learning (REAL) Centre, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and paid advisor to KIOO Project, an organisation using photography to transform gender relations among youth around the world.  Deborah is a PhD Candidate in Education from the University of Cambridge, where her research interests link early childhood health inequities with cognitive development and learning needs among primary school students in northern Ghana. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and her Bachelor’s of Arts magna cum laude in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from California State University, Long Beach. 

Deborah Delgado Pugley


Dr. Deborah Delgado Pugley is a Principal Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. She has extensive experience as a consultant and researcher in environmental governance and climate policy, particularly regarding Indigenous Peoples and Tropical Forests. She has conducted interdisciplinary projects and extended fieldwork following on gender, indigenous social movements, human and environmental rights, natural resources management. During the last 10 years, she has followed the UNFCCC process as a multiscaled agenda.

Els Leye


Els Leye is  an External Associate at AISE and Assistant Professor at the Ghent University. Els has over 15 years’ expertise in the field of harmful cultural practices, and more specifically female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriages and honour related violence. She is currently coordinator of the Focal Programme on Harmful Cultural Practices at the International Centre for Reproductive Health. She was co-founder and board member of the European Network for the Prevention of Harmful Traditional Practices from 2005 to 2009. She is co-founder and member of the board of the association La Palabre, which is establishing a refuge for vulnerable children and women in Senegal. She’s a member of the advisory board of the END FGM European Campaign and performed several consultancies, among others for several UN agencies and technical cooperations of Belgium and Germany. She was one of the principal investigators of the Study for the European Institute for Gender Equality, to map FGM in the EU (2012), and has many publications on her name on the topic of female genital mutilation and other harmful practices.

Els holds a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Welfare Studies and obtained her PhD in Comparative Sciences of Culture at the Ghent University in 2008, on the topic of female genital mutilation in Europe.

Els speaks Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish.

Ana Baptista MD


Dr. Baptista is a Mozambican physician, human rights and violence against women and girls advocate with eleven years of experience working in the public health field advising the Ministry of Health and PEPFAR funded implementing partners in Gender-Based Violence (GBV), HIV/AIDS biomedical prevention, targeting adolescent girls and young women. Currently, Dr. Baptista is team leader overseeing all GBV, Adolescent Health and Male Engagement portfolio at Jhpiego an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the WHO international board developing and reviewing curricula and quality assurance tool for GBV response in the health sector recently adopted by World Health Organization and CDC for global scale. 

Her background includes consultancy for Mitigation and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment related to development projects funded by IDA – World Bank. In her current position, Dr. Ana Baptista serves as Gender-Based Violence and DREAMS Team Leader for Jhpiego affiliate of Johns Hopkins University in a PEPFAR funded project in Mozambique providing technical and programmatic leadership, and leading GBV related research on GBV acting as principal investigator. Dr. Ana Baptista is also providing technical leadership to the DREAMS Initiative for HIV prevention among adolescent girls and young women and technical SBCC advisor for Social Behavioral Change Communication on viral load patient literacy, pediatric HIV Care and Treatment patient literacy, and male engagement in clinical services. To date, under Dr. Ana Baptista’s leadership, Jhpiego is taking the leadership on GBV portfolio and promoting innovations on using digital health technologies to monitor and maximize the impact of DREAMS interventions. DREAMS Mozambique was awarded by PEPFAR as the best program within 12 countries in 2017. Dr. Baptista has a thorough understanding of the health sector reality in Mozambique.

Pascal Vandenbussche


Consultant with 18 years of work experience, mainly in Latin America, in the public and private sector and international organizations, related to constructive conflict management and ‘Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance’ (ESG).

In recent years he has worked mainly in conflict prevention and transformation, especially in the field of labor relations, through restorative practices and good labor practices. He has a special interest in generating social change through CSR, but especially through the ‘creation of Shared Value’ and ‘Collective Impact’.

He has a degree in International Affairs and Economics from Vesalius College - Vrije Universiteit Brussel in association with Boston University, and a Master's degree in International Relations from the Brussels School of International Studies - University of Kent at Canterbury, and studies in Conflict Management and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Tracy Nnanwubar


Tracy Nnanwubar is leading our Communications Strategy. She is an English Expert currently en route to a Ph.D. in English Language and Communications with a Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) focal point. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants for Communications, an Awardee for the Economy Booster Program by Impact Hub in Austria, and the 2021 Communications Coordinator for the GSA at  Trinity Western University in Canada. The youngest Editor in Nigeria at age 18, Tracy was a Creative Writing Scholarship recipient of the Pan African Literary Forum at New York University.She was aMasterCard-sponsored Resident Writer at the 2012 London Olympics and was hosted by the German government at the Goethe Institute's “Author's Talk”. In 2017, she won a World Bank scholarship to attend Lagos Business School as a “WomenX” Scholar, became a McKinsey & Company Next Generation Women Leaders Award Finalist, and a Finalist for the Youth Enterprise Scale-Up program supported by the THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam. She is a British Council Partner for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Affiliate of TakeIELTS by the European Association For Education,  and Author of "Red Pepper and English Tea" published in India (Award Winner for Best New Fiction).  She is a member of PEN America, the Association of Nigerian Authors, and the Society for Book & Magazine Editors of Nigeria.Post-COVID-19, she pioneeredThe Online Lady lending her voice to literacy advancement through book parties, linguistic projects, and English language consulting. She is a Mentee of AFRISOC’s Scholarships and Access Committee at the University of Oxford, and contributed to the passing of the motion by the Brampton City Council in Canada for Incoming Investment Opportunities with African and Caribbean Markets”, with a special focus on Education & Creative Arts. 

Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain


Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain is a Senior Consultant at AISE and empirical bioethicist with astute skills in ethical community engagement in sexual reproductive health research. He is a Research Fellow at the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health (LIIRH), and public health (global health) professional specializing in empirical research methods in bioethics (clinical and research ethics). He is passionate about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, health systems strengthening for low and medium-income countries, core abortion and contraception research in Sub–Saharan Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali), and most especially, access to safe abortion services for adolescents. He also works on projects involving adolescent-friendly reproductive health services (safe abortion care and contraception), stakeholder analysis, community dialogue, and engagement in safe abortion services access. His portfolio also includes Health systems research with a focus on rendering primary health care systems responsive to sexual reproductive health needs (This is an ongoing consultancy with UNFPA Mali and the Ministry of Health in Mali). He is adept in abortion laws/policy mapping - conscientious objection and safe abortion care in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), including evidence synthesis and data mining from Demographic and Health Survey Data on drivers of abortions in SSA.

Dr. Darja Dobermann


Dr. Darja Dobermann is our Project Manager and Senior Associate at AISE Consulting. She is a values-driven professional with interdisciplinary yet intersecting expertise in nutrition innovation, sexual and reproductive health, and circular agriculture with seven years of experience managing and implementing projects, carrying out research, and organizational governance strengthening. Her career history is a melting pot of work done with NGOs, academic organizations, the United Nations, and as an independent consultant on high-level projects. She is great on cross-cultural teams having lived and worked in Asia and Europe, gaining cognitive skills through bilingualism (German and English). She has a doctorate degree in biosciences and nutrition.

David Miracle Olorogun


David Miracle Olorogun supports AISE Nigeria as a Project Assistant. He has experience in field, quantity, and qualitative research and data collation. He provides technical and other related support services to projects executed in Nigeria including managing project finance and budget performance for our Nigerian office. His broad-based background and skills are in the areas of project management, administrative management, and field research. He has exceptional knowledge of field research and its various procedures including progress reporting. He conducted field research on the 2019general election in FCT Abuja and Gombe state to determine citizen participation in the general elections; successfully collating data from over 1000citizens in both towns to determine the factors hindering citizen participation in elections, voter apathy, and reasons why voters’ demography is low. David holds a graduate degree in History and Diplomatic Studies from the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.


AISE provides and contributes to ethical and sustainable solutions to development and health system reforms in low- and middle-income countries. We do this by providing our clients with opportunities to co-create interventions, drawing out evidence-based solutions through evaluations and implementing them in a sustainable manner.