Thomas acts as UKNIAF’s Programme Director, responsible for the overall management of the programme’s delivery, governance and finance.
In addition to his role on UKNIAF, Thomas has held a number of positions of responsibility across the Tetra Tech group of companies including Director of Major Projects and Operations (WYG International B.V.) and Principal, Economic Growth (Tetra Tech International Development Europe).
Prior to joining Tetra Tech, Thomas has worked extensively on the management of development programmes and on the creation and management of operations services companies across West Africa and the developing world.
Prof. Chidiebere Onyia
Prof Onyia is UKNIAF’s Managing Director/Team Leader. He has strategic oversight of technical programme delivery and senior stakeholder management across government, development finance institutions and the donor communities.
Prior to joining UKNIAF, Prof Onyia was the Senior Infrastructure Advisor under DFID’s PDF II and the Power Sector Component Lead during NIAF2. In addition to his work in development, Prof Onyia has over 25 years of experience as an educator in the United States and Nigeria, a thought leader reforming Nigeria’s education sector and a senior government advisor. Prof Onyia also serves as a Senior Advisor to Globethics.net based in Geneva, Switzerland and sits on other international advisory boards in West and East Africa and North America.
Deputy Team Leader
Obinna is the Deputy Managing Director of UKNIAF. He manages the Component Leads in the delivery of the respective logframe targets and ensures quality and effective risk management of UKNIAF at all levels of the programme.
Obinna brings over 18 years hands-on transactional experience in infrastructure investment, privatisation and commercialisation, public policy, reform, project finance and international development.
Prior to joining the UKNIAF leadership team he was the Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager at the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). Before that he served as Special Advisor to the Honorable Minister of Power where he participated in the acceleration of Nigeria’s power sector reform. He was central to the development of the Nigeria Power Sector Roadmap and the creation of the Presidential Task Force on Power supported by NIAF 1.
Power Component Lead
Frank is the Lead of the Power Component at UKNIAF.
Earlier, Frank was a Senor Power Consultant in NIAF 2 and before that was the Senior Special Adviser on Gas to the Honorable Minister of Power.
Frank was the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Neconde Energy Limited, an Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Company with operations in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. He was the Commercial General Manager at the greenfield Olokola Liquified Natural Gas project where he represented Shell in the Joint Venture. Frank had also previously held several key positions, including Senior Business Adviser for Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestments and Chief Information Officer, at Shell locations in various countries.
Roads Component Lead
Bill leads the UKNIAF Roads Component, which is working to support reform of the road sector in Nigeria, along with improvements to roads asset management and the delivery of maintenance works on the Federal Road Network.
Before joining Tetra Tech, Bill worked for over 26 years in civil engineering research and consultancy and has led large delivery teams in the UK and on development programmes in Africa, with particular experience of the NIAF1 and NIAF2 programmes in Nigeria.
Richard is the Director of Quality, responsible for the UKNIAF approach to quality and risk. He has worked on 4 facility type projects and led the PMU on the Presidential Task Force on Power in NIAF 1. He was also Deputy Team Leader for EIAF 1 and Team Leader for FOSTER and AiiN-APPIIC working on infrastructure, sector reform and increasing private investment in infrastructure. He was a Director of PwC and has worked in programme, project and change management in both the private and public sectors in the UK, Europe, Asia as well as in West, East and Southern Africa.
Khadijat is UKNIAF’s Director Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) responsible for establishing and overseeing UKNIAF’s MEL function and supporting systems, delivered by a team of 7. This function covers monitoring results against Logframe targets, tracking project definition and delivery, value for money, learning and adaptation, reporting and evaluation.
Prior to UKNIAF, Khadijat worked extensively on donor programmes with the World Bank, DFID and key government MDAs (inc VP’s office and Budget) playing a number of MEL leadership roles. She led MEL on NIAF2. She also did a decade of public service with the Bureau for Public Enterprises structuring and executing divestiture public enterprises