Consulting Profile: Ben Arikpo Ben Arikpo is owner/manager of Akada Konsults (AK), an Organisation Development (OD) and Capacity building Consultancy firm based in Lagos – Nigeria. Ben holds a Masters Degree in Industrial Sociology from the University of Calabar, were he lectured for six years before leaving to work with various international development agencies and donors. Ben is a Certified Organisation Development Consultant and member of the International Organisation Development Association (IODA), Organisation Development Network (OD Network), and Chairs the Capacity Building for Organisation Development in Africa (CODA), the continental training institute for OD. He is an Executive Committee member of IODA and chairs the Host Country Organizing Committee for the 19th IODA Conference in Abuja - Nigeria. Experience He has more than twenty years of work experience in development, training of trainers, facilitation and moderation, Organisation Development Consulting, Institutional Development and Capacity Building consultancy with small medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), non-government organizations (NGOs), multi-lateral and bilateral donor agencies (such as DFID, USAID, GTZ, CIDA, British Council, etc) and churches. Currently, he spends his time mentoring a team of OD Facilitators in Nigeria, coaching executives of SMMEs and NGOs as well as facilitating processes of institutionalisation of these organizations. Among the interventions facilitated include Business Plan Development, Strategic Planning, Policies and Procedures Development, Board Development and Succession Planning, Marketing and Sales Planning, Change Management, Building Cross-Cultural Work Teams, Multicultural Project Management, training and facilitation. Recent Among the recent assignments Ben has undertaken are training of a team Assignments of 9 consultants undergoing OD training for DFID – CBDD Project in Nigeria, Training of 19 OD Consultants from across Africa by CODA, various NGO training programs in fundraising, leadership, change management, multicultural project management, financial management, trainer of trainers, etc. He is one of the lead facilitators on the State and Local Government Programme (SLGP), a Reform programme in Benue, Ekiti and Jigawa States of Nigeria. The programme is funded by DFID and Managed by Hunting Development Ltd-UK. Some of his clients are, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Ford Foundation, International Federation of the Red Cross, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Department for International Development (DFID), German Red Cross, British Red Cross and Nigeria Red Cross, ActionAid Nigeria, Forward Africa, Youth Resources Development Centre (YORDEL- Africa), Nigeria Organisation for Solidarity and Development, Society for Family Health, Family Health International and Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), USAID, National Centre for State Courts, etc. Among the SMMEs supported are Edifem Nigeria Ltd, Transerve Nigeria Ltd., DevMedia Nigeria Ltd., Tanzanian Industrial Machines Tools Ltd, Arusha, etc. Networking As owner/manager of AK, he has collaboration and networking relationships with organizations and agencies across Africa, Europe and North America. Among these are, International NGO Training and Resource Centre (INTRAC) based in Oxford - UK, Swiss Association for Applied Psychology (SAAP) – Switzerland, International Organization Development (IOD) UK, Participatory Development Forum (PDF) Ottawa- Canada, Community Development Resources Association (CDRA) South Africa, OLIVE, South Africa, Eastern Africa NGO Support Unit (EASUN), Tanzania. Extra- In addition to being a practicing consultant, Ben is also an Assistant Pastor curricular at The Redeemed Christian Church of God - Abundant Grace Chapel located in Ajao Estate – Isolo, Lagos. Finally, Ben is married to Felicia and Activities both have two sons, Ben Arikpo Jr. and Yojosam. Contact 14/16 Nduka Osadebey Street, Off Benson Anorue Str., Ajao Estate- Isolo, GPO Box 4896, Ikeja – Lagos, Nigeria Details Tel: +234-1-774-0295,Tel/Fax: +234-1-222-2522, Cell: +234-(0)803-403- 5001 Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; Website: http://www.akadakonsults.net .
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