NCNC is a consortium of consultants. For its consultancy assignments, it draws from an international roster of over 50 highly knowledgeable and experienced specialist consulting associates to do its work. This arrangement enables it to minimize costs for its clients while providing quality service. Depending on the nature and scope of the terms of reference that it receives for a job assignment, a disciplinary, interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary team approach informs its execution of the contract.
Dr Willie Clarke-Okah addressing a group atWawasan Open University
in Penang, Malaysia
Justice Akpan, BSc, MSc, PhD
Lead Specialist, IT & Knowledge Management
Dr Justice Akpan is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Decision Sciences at Kent State University. He is also a Visiting Professor of Management Information Systems at Shanghai International Studies University in Shanghai, China. He has extensive industry experience as Software Developer, Business/Systems Analyst, Database Developer as well as Business intelligence and Operations Research Consultant for health care, manufacturing and banking operations. He has taught Management Information Systems and Business Courses at Universities in Africa, UK, Canada and USA. He has also consulted for educational institutions including Virtual Learning Environments/e-Learning solutions and platforms, and for public sector organizations including governments in the UK, USA, Canada and Africa; he was involved in a large-scale technological infrastructure implementation and deployment (both hardware and software) including knowledge management systems for a major African government.
Willie Clarke-Okah, BA, MA, PhD
Lead Specialist, Basic & Higher Education Sub-Sectors
Dr Willie Clarke-Okah (pron. Orka) is President and Principal of NCNC. He brings to the organization 40 years of experience in international education and development. He is noted for his strategic thinking and systematic approach to achieving practical results. Some of his competencies include project team leadership; monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects; results-based management; management of open and distance learning systems; education sector development programming; policy development and analysis; institutional quality audits and systems strengthening; trilateral business-government-university cooperation in development; basic education and higher education policy and administration; and strong cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity. Dr Clarke-Okah has undertaken some high-profile consulting assignments such as the Feasibility Study on Enhancing the Pedagogical Skills of University Teachers in Africa and led multidisciplinary teams, such as the NCNC team of five unique sectoral experts who reviewed the distance education office of a consortium of nine Ontario Universities in Canada under the aegis of the Council of Ontario Universities.
Robert Dibie, BSc, MBA, MA, PhD
Lead Specialist, Public Policy Sector
Prof Robert Dibie (pron. Deebièr) is a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Public Management and Environmental Studies at Indiana University-Kokomo’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He has served as Dean and senior higher education administrator for many years, including his time as Director of Graduate Programs in public administration at Western Kentucky University. A prolific and insightful researcher-writer, Prof Dibie has authored several well-regarded books published by reputable publishers such as Ashgate and Routledge. His peer-reviewed journal articles, which have appeared in internationally recognized elite journals, number over 85 in the areas of environmental policy, civil society, public management, sustainable development, public policy, NGOs, women empowerment and ethics. In these and related fields, Prof Dibie has supervised more than 55 Doctoral and Master Degree dissertations. Prof Dibie has consulted widely in USA, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean Islands and has developed continuing education material and taught professional development courses (Executive Leadership, Program Evaluation, and Ethics) for various professional organizations, including Banks, City and County Governments, Nonprofit institutions, NGOs, and some National Governments’ Departments in the United States and abroad.
Josephine Etowa, BScN, MSc, PhD, FWACN
Lead Specialist, Health Sector
Prof Josephine Etowa is a Professor & DaSilva Research Chair in Public Health Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. She is also a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing. As a nurse, midwife, lactation consultant, researcher and educator, she has worked in various capacities including clinical practice, research, education and health consultancy. Her research is in the area of health equity and ethno-cultural diversity with studies that focus on maternal-child health, research and policy development, capacity building among nurses in Canada and low middle-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. She engages in cross-cultural communication training and consulting and has facilitated institutional and policy change in Canada and the USA. Her distinguished research contributions and teaching excellence have been recognized with a number of awards.
Anne Fouillard, BA, MES
Lead Specialist, Environment Sector
Ms Anne Fouillard specializes in sustainable development, natural resources management and environment. She brings the highest level of excellence in the design of management frameworks, Environmental and Strategic Environmental Assessments and project evaluations of environmental management and sustainable development projects. Her consulting experience covers many sectors: biodiversity, water, solid waste management, air quality, land degradation, coastal zone management, climate change, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, cleaner production technologies, fisheries, integrated water management, soil and water conservation technologies, forestry and agroforestry, mining, oil and gas, and transport.
Francis Omoruyi, BA, BEd, DipTechEd, MSc, EdD
Lead Specialist, Teacher Education & Skills Development
Dr Francis Omoruyi’s training and practice puts him in the unique position of being a specialist in both teacher education and skills development. He is also a Chartered Engineer. His career includes 23 exemplary years with the Toronto District School Board (Canada) and as a Service Engineer for three years in Nigeria. An educational innovator in curriculum development and implementation, he was recognized in May 1995 by the Scarborough Board of Education for an outstanding contribution to the future of public education as a member of its Strategic Planning Team. His doctoral work was focused on teacher professional development, technical education & vocational training, and teachers’ performance appraisals.
Alison Schmidt, BA, MPhil
Lead Specialist, Quality Assurance & Qualifications Frameworks
Ms Alison Schmidt, with 27 year’s professional work experience in education, consults in quality assurance, qualifications frameworks and research in education. She has completed projects for the SADC Secretariat, Commonwealth of Learning, European Union, South Africa Qualifications Authority, Botswana Training Authority, University of Botswana and Seychelles Qualifications Authority. Ms Schmidt has lived and worked in New Zealand as well as many African countries. She has completed substantial research projects using both quantitative and qualitative methods; developed national and international quality assurance systems in regulatory and non-regulatory environments; and has been involved in the development of national, regional and transnational qualifications frameworks.
Olanrewaju Smith, DVM, MSc, PhD
Lead Specialist, Agriculture Sector
Ola Smith, a Professor of Animal Production and Health taught livestock production systems at both undergraduate and graduate levels in a developing tropical country context. He has over 30 years of experience in agriculture, food security and land resources management. His research for development activities and consulting services are multi-disciplinary and touch on several sectors: livestock and poultry management, land degradation, biodiversity including animal genetic resources, agriculture- climate change nexus. He is familiar with the global discourse on sustainable development and multi-lateral environmental agreements having once served as chair of the Committee for Science and Technology of the Desertification Convention. He has considerable expertise in project/programme development, monitoring and evaluation.