The MSA Team
Board of Directors
OKUNNU, Marc A. (MIoD, BA Political Science) (Nigerian) Chairman/CEO
Marc Okunnu, Sr. has over 38 years experience in international health and development in all geographic parts of Africa. He has served as Chief of Party for one regional (East and Southern Africa) and two bilateral (Malawi and Nigeria) projects funded by USAID and was regional director with FPIA (Central and West Africa) and IPPF (Africa).
As staff person or consultant, he has recruited, led and supported senior development project executives and technical professionals; founded and/or assisted in establishing six new organizations; led strategic review and planning processes in over 20 government agencies and NGOs, conducted management reviews and developed governance and management systems; and supported networking and partnership development. Marc has work and/or grant management experience with USAID, DFID, Packard and MacArthur Foundations, Comic Relief, UNAIDS, and The World Bank.
LASKIN, Mark J. (PhD/MSc Clinical Psychology; Master of Hospital Administration) (British/American) Treasurer
Mark Laskin has over 35 years professional experience working in health care, population/family planning programs and policy worldwide in the governmental and non-governmental sectors. He is experienced in project/program management, strategic planning, policy development, budgeting and reporting systems and advocacy/donor affairs.
Most recently Mark has managed a Foundation overseeing Hurricane recovery efforts in the Caribbean and previously was Assistant Secretary General for 14 years at the International Planned Parenthood Federation working in family planning, maternal and child health through national Planned Parenthood affiliates in over 170 countries (with annual budget of $107 million internationally and $960 million consolidated international expenditure).
Previously, Mark was in the US diplomatic service working both in Washington and in the Latin America/Caribbean region and as a White House staffer working on US Government international health policy
LUSIOLA, Grace (BSc Social Sciences) (Kenyan) Member &Chair, MSA Tanzania
Grace has over 20 years experience coordinating the implementation of community-based development initiatives in Africa, with a focus on Health and HIV/AIDS programs. Through her several years in Tanzania, she has developed a broad network of local reproductive health organizations, consultants and donors, which can be drawn upon to support the development of MSA Tanzania. Grace is currently a freelance consultant based in Dar es Salaam. Her current consultancy clients include JSI, EngenderHealth, Chemonics and JHU/CCP.
ARKUTU, Andrew A. (MD) (Ghanaian) Member & Chair, MSA Ghana
A former chair of the Centre for African Family Studies (CAFS) Board of Directors and formally UNFPA Country Director in Nigeria and Tanzania, Dr Arkutu has been in reproductive health policy and strategy development for over thirty years. More recently, he has been the Ghana Country Representative for Pathfinder International and serves on the International Board of Pathfinder International. Currently, Dr. Arkutu is the Chairman of the Board of the National Population Council of Ghana and a senior advisor to the government of Ghana on population issues and policies.
ESIET, Uwemedimo U. (M.B.B.S, M.I.L.D, MPH) (Nigerian) Member & Chair, MSA Nigeria
Dr. Esiet is co-founder and member of the Board of Trustees of Action Health Incorporated (AHI) a youth-serving NGO in Nigeria established in 1989. He has been a lead advocate for the promotion of the health and well being of young people and women as well as in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in Nigeria and beyond. His contributions are in the areas of policy development, programme conceptualisation, design, implementation, monitoring and capacity enhancement.
He has been the Convener of the biennial Africa Regional Conferences on Sexual Health and Rights since 2004. He also serves on the board of the Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College London and the Steering Committee of the African Civil Society Coalition on Reproductive Health, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. He has attended many national, regional and global consultations on youth development, sexual health and rights as well as contributed to several publications.
MINTO, John G. (MA, MSc) Secretary & Director of Operations
John Minto is MSA’s Senior Technical Advisor, holds MA and MSc degrees from the Universities of Lancaster and London respectively, and is currently in the process of completing his MBA in Project Management from the University of Wales with a dissertation focused on the increasing influence of private sector business tools on public sector institutions. John has over twenty years of experience managing and restructuring development and humanitarian projects in Afghanistan, Burundi, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa and has worked with donors such as CIDA, DFID, EU, Gates Foundation, Irish Aid, Jersey Aid, JICA, MacArthur Foundation, Packard Foundation, SIDA and USAID.
John has consulted widely for a range of INGOs and private businesses. John was also recently elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and is a regular business book reviewer for the Institute.
Key International Staff
Margaret Owusu-Amoaku (Country Team Leader, Ghana)
With a Master of Philosophy Degree, Margaret has over 15 years working experience in designing, implementing, managing, monitoring and evaluating high impact research and evidence based strategic intervention programs related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), maternal and child health, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS. Her experience includes working relations with USAID, UNICEF, JICA, and the UN International Office of Migration.
Ibidun Adeniyi (Country Team Leader, Nigeria)
With a Master degree in International Law and Diplomacy, Ms. Adeniyi has been active in development work since 1997 focusing on program and institutional capacity building. Ms. Adeniyi has experience with the UN system having worked as consultant with UNDP and UNIFEM. For four years, she was Business Manager with the DFID-funded Change Agent Program in Nigeria. Ibidun also has work experience with USAID-funded projects and with USAID Implementing Agencies such as JSI.
MSA Technical Associates
In addition, MSA has organized a network of institutional and individual associates in organisational development, strategic and performance management, health economics, financial management, and SRH and HIV/AIDS program development. These institutions and individuals contribute specialist inputs as well as advice through MSA’s technical working groups.