ASR Africa appoints Ubon Udoh as pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive

NIGERIAThe Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa (ASR Africa) initiative has announced the appointment of Ubon Udoh, as its pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive, aconsummate International Development and M&E expert, effective immediately.

The ASR Africa Initiative, which is the brainchild of industrialist and Philanthropist, Abdul Samad Rabiu, was recently set up with an annual pledge of US$100 million dedicated to Health, Education and Social Development issues within the African continent – with Nigeria to benefit US$50million yearly and the rest of Africa, US$50miilion dollars in what is the largest private philanthropic giving of its kind by an individual in Africa.

Speaking on the appointment, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Chairman of ASR Africa, who is also the Founder/Chairman of the African conglomerate, BUA Group, said Mr Ubon’s appointment signalled the seriousness with which the initiative intends to carry out its mandate with a focus on systems, programme development and deployment, monitoring and evaluation as well as sustainability.

“We are pleased to have Ubon Udoh lead the team at the ASR Africa initiative which has been set up to help bridge the development gap in these key areas of health, education and social development within Africa,” he said.

“A well respected and proven expert in building systems and processes and managing donor funds and grants, with an exceptional record of tangible results and value for money.”

“A well respected and proven expert in building systems and processes and managing donor funds and grants, with an exceptional record of tangible results and value for money.”

Abdul Samad Rabiu – Chairman, ASR Africa

With over 20 years of international development and project management experience, Ubon Udoh has a strong Monitoring & Evaluation background, and an operational track record of programme coordination and results management of international donor funds and loans from Multilateral development banks.

“Ubon has added immense value to every institution he has been a part of, and we believe he is a perfect fit for the goals and aspirations of ASRi,” Rabiu added.

“He brings with him many years of experience as well as the expertise needed to drive the ASR Africa Mandate whilst also engendering sustainable partnerships for development across the African continent. ASR Africa is confident that he will bring these to bear in developing a sustainable programme for the initiative’s annual US$100million Africa Fund for Social Research & Development.”

Prior to joining the ASR Africa Initiative, he was the Head of Monitoring & Evaluation at the North East Development Commission – North East Recovery and Stability Programme.

It included responsibility for over 1 billion dollars in loans and grants (World Bank, AfDB, Islamic Development Bank) across various projects dedicated to the recovery of North East Nigerian states from the ravages of the Boko Haram Insurgency, and multilateral interventions with national coverage for COVID 19 response.

Over the course of his career, Mr Ubon has provided expertise and support in several capacities with multiple agencies like The World Bank (North East Nigeria Multisectoral Crisis Recovery Project), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).

Others included African Development Bank (Nigeria Inclusive Basic Services Development Programme), GIZ, UN Women Peace and Security Programme, Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI), North East Development Commission, North East Recovery and Stability Programme (NERSP) and several state Governments in Nigeria.

Mr Ubon Udoh was responsible of the overall coordination of M&E of the World Bank supported Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project – NERSP at the Presidential Committee on North East Initiative – a role he joined from being an M&E consultant to the UN Women in Peace & Security Programme (WSP-UNSCR 1325).

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