GEMS4 Team

Michael Clements | Team Leader |

Michael has over 30 years of high level international business strategy, finance and development experience. He combines private and public sector operational and consulting experience, providing the project with relevant and applied understanding of market development approaches. He is used to managing large programmes and organisations, bringing the right mix of diplomacy and know-how to effectively run such a complex project.

Between 2011 and 2012, Michael worked on the Design of Market Development interventions in the Niger Delta. He also has a strong understanding of market systems approaches, and has worked with the informal sector. He has worked for the past five years on several market development projects and demonstrated robust results. For instance, while working on PIND in Nigeria as the Senior Economic Development Advisor, he reviewed market systems and value chains for aquaculture, cassava, and palm oil, identifying systemic constraints and designing interventions to address underlying constraints. He led the design and implementation of a three-year transformation plan at Botswana Meat Commission, based on Value Chain Optimisation and commercial sustainability, resulting in significantly increased incomes for smallholder cattle producers.


Olatunde Oderinde | Deputy Team Leader | 

Tunde in the last 15 years has acquired experience relating to private sector development in Nigeria; specifically focusing on incorporating vulnerable populations into higher value markets. He worked for five years on a market development tractor intervention to improve the flow and efficient operation of the agricultural machines service markets, particularly in a manner that it achieved systemic and sustainable impact on participants, particularly the poor and women, and also upon the political-economy environment

As the Deputy Team Leader for GEMS4, Tunde provides technical lead on intervention design that utilises the making markets work for the poor (M4P) approach combined with a focus on women’s economic empowerment, to improve the performance and inclusiveness of key market systems. He provides guidance during the market system analysis and development of the interventions logic and plan. Established numerous linkages between market actors and stakeholders in the states, providing continued support to the dissemination of timely and accurate market information and technical support.


Becky Kalu | Head of Finance and Administration |  

Becky is an experienced Chartered Accountant with a 12 year track record of providing financial and accountancy advice and support to ensure the sound running of projects and private sector operations. She brings with her a unique knowledge of DFID’s project finance systems, with the ability to establish efficient financial and administrative procedures that have been pre-approved by DFID. Becky’s financial management input is leveraged across different projects of Coffey Nigeria, in order to maximize the efficiency of staff resources and provide value for money.

Becky has proficient experience of financial management legislation, regulations and procedures required to ensure sound financial management and compliance with the financial regime in Nigeria. She has developed strong external relationships with relevant bodies and statutory organisations whose responsibility it is to carry out audits and annual financial monitoring.



Md. Arafat Hossain | Senior Intervention Manager | 

Md. Arafat Hossain is a social science graduate with Masters Degrees in Sociology and Development Studies from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He started his carrier with SEDF-IFC, The World Bank Group under Poverty and Gender team and was actively involved in developing Poverty Outcome Tracking System for the project of The World Bank back in 2005.

Later on he moved into Katalyst c/o Swisscontact and worked there as Group Manager under Services Group till November 2012. In Katalyst he worked with ICT and Media as an enabler for enhancing the growth and productivity of SMEs and farmers of rural Bangladesh. Under ICT, he has worked extensively with mobile phone operators for developing a financially viable business model for establishment of telecenters.

His experience also includes developing mobile telephony based application and solutions for rural farmers and entrepreneurs with a commercial model in order to ensure sustainability of these kinds of initiatives. Mr. Hossain has also closely worked with different government agencies at policy level for forging public private partnerships (PPP) in the area of private sector development for enhancing the growth and productivity of rural farmers and entrepreneurs. He has participated in various national and international training and conferences on ICT and BDS in development etc.

Click here for one of the interviews that summarizes Arafat’s views on ICT and private sector development.


Emeka Eluemunor  | M&E Advisor |

Emeka brings over nine years’ experience in quantitative and qualitative research, data analysis, policy analysis, programme monitoring, impact evaluation, and Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P). He has provided research, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) services for various DFID funded programmes including ENABLE, PrOpcOm, SAVI, GirlHub, PDF, CONCUR, LoCoPE and GEMS2.

Before joining Coffey Nigeria, Emeka served in different roles including: Managing Partner at Fusion Consulting, Director of Strategy & Business Development at NOI Polls, Head of the Economic Intelligence Unit at Access Bank Plc, Economist at the Central Bank of Nigeria, and Relationship Manager at Broad Bank Nigeria Ltd. He has both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Economics, and is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), Nigerian Economic Society and the Royal Economic Society, UK. Emeka joined Coffey Nigeria in May 2013 as Monitoring and Evaluation Lead, GEMS4.


Richard B. Ogundele | Intervention Manager |  

Richard has been involved in Private Sector Development Since 2007 as a Value Chain Development (VCD) expert working in agricultural and non-agricultural sectors. He was also a consultant on the development of the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan with then GTZ International Services  in Port Harcourt Rivers State.

Before joining GEMS4 in October 2012, Richard worked with the German International Development Corporation now GIZ, as a Value Chain Officer initially, and grew to the position of Value Chain Adviser in 5 years. He worked on Sesame, Shea Butter, Cashew, Potatoes, Cassava and Maize to mention a few within the agricultural sector.

Richard was the lead intervention manager for cassava and construction value chain development activities in Niger, Plateau and Ogun States of the GIZ SEDIN programme between 2011 April and 2012 August while he worked with the GIZ. Setting up out-grower schemes, brokering Value Chain Finance (VCF) mechanisms and improving extension delivery services (EDS), creating linkages and access to private sector markets for the SMEs at farm level and developing business cases as incentive for engagement by the private sector were major parts of his task at the GIZ.  In all of these activities, he applied effectively the Value Links Practitioner’s modules for Value Chain Development (VCD) of the GIZ and attained a trainer status.

Sheriff Mohammed  | Intervention Manager |

Sheriff started his career as an NYSC engineer with Chevron Nigeria Limited in 1997. He joined Procter and Gamble

Nigeria as an Account Executive in 1998, Insight Communications-Optimum Exposure 2000 and the Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company in 2001-2008. He enrolled for a full time MBA at the Athens ALBA Business School 2008-2009 and later joined Barini and Partners Limited Nigeria as a Managing Partner in 2009.

He has over 16 years work experience in Nigerian wholesale and retail operations spanning Supply Chain, marketing, sales and distribution. He has engaged partner companies in the ECOWAS sub region for the distribution of Nanophos range of waterproofing chemicals. He has international work experiences in Greece, ECOWAS and South Africa.

Currently, Sheriff manage a a skills intervention and assessing the Wholesale and Retail Sectors of Clothing and Footwear in Nigeria.

Kikelomo Koya | Challenge Fund Manager |

Prior to joining Coffey Nigeria, Kike worked in a management position in one of the leading commercial banks in Nigeria, which has a presence in West Africa and Europe. She has also done short term consulting for organisations in the UK on assignments ranging from strategic management and HR to improving monitoring & evaluation processes. Kike holds an MA in Management (Human Resource Development) & Consulting from Lancaster University and has a proven ability in financial and business advisory services, project management investment risk analysis, and MSME financing.

Kike is responsible for managing the GEMS4 challenge fund known as Market Modernisation Fund.


Enene Elayo | Knowledge Management & Communications Specialist |

Enene has 10 years’ experience working in knowledge management, programme management, and retail banking in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom.  She holds a BA in English Literature and a Master of Letters in English Studies from the University of Dundee,  in the UK.

She is a member of the knowledge management and technical team for HDgN – a professional body of development practitioners in Nigeria and an associate of the Society for Editors and Proof readers, UK. Previously, as a Programme Management consultant, she functioned as part of a team employing public health approaches to support managers in 19 Nigerian states on behalf of USAID funded MAPS and DfID/UKaid funded SuNMaP.

Her expertise and specialization is in Knowledge Management,  Development Communications, technical writing and training/facilitation. As GEMS4 Knowledge Management and Communications specialist, Enene is responsible for streamlining the creation and dissemination of knowledge related to programme activities and results.


Aisha Lawal- Ahmed | Women’s Economic Empowerment Coordinator |  

Aisha has been involved in social development since 2003 and also got involved in economic development from 2007 to date. She has a B.A English Language Major and a M.Sc. International Affairs and Diplomacy.

As Women, Gender and Development Consultant, Aisha along the years has built her wealth of experience around: Research & Documentation on Gender Issues, causes and effect on women; Capacity Building, Conflict resolution, mediation and counselling for women of different classes and backgrounds; Bridge Building among women of diverse culture, religion and understanding; Women and Career Management; and Entrepreneurship Development Initiatives for Women.

Aisha Joined Coffey Nigeria in August 2012 as a Gender Specialist. Within Gems4, she coordinates Women’s Economic Empowerment through a Gender/M4P approach within the Wholesale and Retail market systems in Nigeria. She has been working on understanding women as players within the Nigerian Wholesale and Retail Sector, mapping the constraints and challenges and showcasing the opportunities available to women and vulnerable people towards achieving sustainable jobs and income creation.



Oluwasayo Idoje  | Finance and Administration Manager |

Oluwasayo is a chartered accountant with over 10 years professional experience in accounting and contract management in Nigeria. She is currently the Head of Finance and Administration for GEMS 4 programme funded by DFID and World Bank. Oluwasayo manages finance and operations of the programme with her expertise in accounting practices, budgeting and financial planning.

Prior to joining GEMS 4, she began her career working in the public sector specialising in Government accounting and also held challenging position as  the Accountant and Administrative Manager of the EU-funded Support to Reforming Institutions Programme (SRIP) at the Programme Management Unit (PMU) and six EU-SRIP focal states.

Oluwasayo holds a Master degree in Business Administration specialising in Financial Management. She is also a  member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant and Institute of Chartered Public Accountant of  Nigeria.


Toochi Enyioha | Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant | 

Toochi obtained her first degree in economics from the American University of Nigeria where she graduated with cum laude honors and was awarded the Honors Award for Economics. She obtained her masters in Economics at the University of Warwick, UK in 2012 and was one of five students sponsored by the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust.  Toochi has a passion for economic development and based several of her academic research projects on poverty reduction in Nigeria.


Amarachi Kalu | Business Development Coordinator | 

Amarachi attended the Abia State Polytechnic in Aba and obtained a higher national diploma (HND statistics). He worked on “Statistical Analysis of the Impact of Economic Meltdown on Nigeria Economy: A Case Study of Aba Metropolis” and subsequently as a graphic and web designer.

Within GEMS4, Amarachi’s main tasks are supporting the M&E unit and Intervention Managers in the implementation of specific interventions.



Chinwe Igwe | Finance Officer | 

Chinwe studied Secretarial Administration at the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, and Management Science at Imo State University, Owerri.  She is a Chartered Administrator with the Chartered Institute of Administration.

Chinwe has over seven years of experience in the banking sector and since 2011 as administrative officer in Coffey Nigeria. Her expertise spans across different aspects of corporate administration and management, including maintenance, records management, store management, negotiation, and provision of a conducive operating environment for all stakeholders (staff, customers, etc.).

As Finance Officer of GEMS4, Chinwe is responsible for financial administration of the project, reporting to the head finance and administrator at Coffey Nigeria.




Jessica Ilesanmi | Finance & Administrative Assistant | 

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Business Administration from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria and the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) respectively. She is also a graduate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) with a Proficiency Certificate in Management. She has four years of experience as a front office executive in which she was involved in managing day-to-day administrative activities.

Jessica joined GEMS4 in March 2013. She is responsible for administrative and logistical tasks and also supports the Finance Manager of the project.