Meet Our 2019 Honorees: Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode
Jonathan F. Fanton Leadership in Education Award
Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode is a development specialist, international NGO expert and human rights activist specializing in women and girls’ initiatives. Aisha founded and serves as CEO of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF), a non-governmental organization that promotes good governance and is dedicated to engendering socio-economic change on the African continent. On the Foundation’s platform are stakeholder driven interventions and advocacy activities that have impacted education and capacity building, with a focus on the girl child, women empowerment, disaster risk reduction and management. The MMF is one of the organizations driving the reconstruction of the northeast of Nigeria devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency and is in the fore of advising the Government on the policy of humanitarian response.
Aisha is a co-founder of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) activist group formed in the aftermath of the abduction of over 200 girls from their school premises in the Chibok village of Borno State, Nigeria. She is a member of the Northern Nigeria Governor’s Committee on Boko Haram. Aisha is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Harvard Kennedy School – Women and Public Policy Program, and an Advisor and Country Expert to the University of Pennsylvania Law Global Women’s Leadership Project. She is an advisor to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), as a Member of its Senior Working Group on Northern Nigeria.
Aisha is also the Group CEO of Asset Management Group Limited (AMG), a company founded in 1991, specializing in real estate development and management, a non-Executive Director of Lekoil Limited, an AIM listed Company of the London Stock Exchange, with a focus on oil and gas exploration in the African region. She is also Director of Cambridge Growth Partners, an African focused investment company, co-owner of Bo-Concept Nigeria, Pandora Nigeria, and several International retail brands. Aisha has an LLM in Public International Law from King’s College, University of London and an MBA in Finance from Imperial College, University of London and is currently a PHD researcher in Law with a focus on gender in conflict at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.