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Professor Emeritus Umaru Shehu CFR



Professor Umaru Shehu, distinguished physician, academic and administrator, is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN). Professor Shehu's extensive clinical experience in community medicine continue to be of great value to the Board and our country, Nigeria.


Professor Shehu, who was educated at universities of Ibadan and Liverpool, is a distinguished fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College. He was a Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic) of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1977-1978. In 1978-1980, he was the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; and Chairman of Board of Management of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan in 1991-1994. He was also Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of Bayero University, Kano and the University of Lagos between 1993 and 1999.


A one-time President of the Academy of Science and consultant to the World Health Organization, Professor Shehu holds the prestigious national award of the Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR). A world renowned scholar with many publications to his credit and membership of international and local professional bodies, Professor Shehu is a Professor Emeritus of Community Medicine, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.


Barrister Kanu Godwin Agabi, SAN, CON


Barrister Kanu Godwin Agabi, one of Nigeria's foremost legal practitioners, is a Director in the Board of
Directors of the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria. He comes on board of IHVN with very rich and wide experience in the legal profession spanning a period of over 44 years having been called to bar in 1972. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria since 1997, and a former Attorney-General and Minister of Justice for the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 1999-2000 and again as minister of Justice from (2002-2003). He was also the Minister of Solid Minerals Development from 2000-2002.

He specializes in constitutional law, criminal law, administrative, commercial law and practice. Others include electoral law and practice, public and international law and general litigation. Kanu Agabi is currently the Principal Partner at Kanu G. Agabi & Associates, a leading law firm in Nigeria, which heads the consortium representing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other corporations.

A holder of the national honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) for his contribution to national building, Kanu Agabi was also a former Minister of Solid Minerals Development.


Dr. Patrick Olabiyi Matemilola


Dr. Pat. O. Matemilola, medical doctor, researcher and former National Coordinator, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), is a Director on the Board of
Directors of Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN).


An inspiring leader and scientist, Dr. Pat has contributed immensely to HIV mitigation interventions both nationally and internationally. As National Coordinator of NEPWHAN for nine years, Dr. Pat was actively involved in building the organization through program development and advocacy at various levels. While in NEPWHAN, he also managed several funds and projects such as; Nigerian Organizations Response to AIDS (NORA) project, World Bank Assisted HIV and AIDS Fund (HAFI), Ford Foundation grant for PLWHA mobilization at Community level.


Prior to his stint at NEPWHAN, Dr. Matemilola, a Paediatrician, worked for over 20 years in the Nigerian Army Medical Corps in several capacities such as Commander Garrison, Headquarters Medical Centre and Deputy Commandant/Acting Commandant of Nigerian Army Medical Corps Training School. Dr. Pat has to his credit several awards including, "Outstanding Leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria" by UNAIDS.


Prof. Aba Omotunde Sagoe


Prof. Aba Sagoe, a renowned Consultant in Hematology and Blood Transfusion is a Director on the Board of
Directors of Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN).

Prof Sagoe brings into the board an invaluable wealth of experience, having worked in several, administrative, university and government capacities for 45 years. She was a former secretary to the Lagos State Government and has served as a consultant to world organizations such as WHO and UNESCO. She schooled in the United Kingdom and Nigeria and has a PhD in Hematology from the prestigious University of Ibadan.

Prof. Sagoe, who has many publications to her credit, participates as a member, and has held leadership positions in professional bodies including International Society of Blood Transfusion, International Medical Women's Association and Nigerian Society of Hematology and Blood Transfusion. She was instrumental in the completion of the National Blood Transfusion Policy for Nigeria as well as draft legislation for the National Blood Program. She is the Omolafin of Lagos and the Yoloye of Ode-Remu, Ogun State.


Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Abdul Mutallab CON


Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Abdul Mutallab CON, prominent business leader, banker, chartered and certified accountant, with many years of experience in development, commercial and merchant banking, is a director on the board of Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria.

Dr. Mutallab, one of Nigeria's most respected bankers, was former Minister for Economic Development in 1975 and of Cooperatives and Supplies in 1976. He served as a member of Nigeria's Federal Executive Council from 1975 to 1978. He was former Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria, the oldest and biggest bank in Nigeria. He was also the former Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the United Bank for Africa. He is the current Chairman of Jaiz Bank International Plc.

His extensive experience of serving on the Board of Directors of several companies such as Nigeria Agip Oil, Arewa Textile Limited, Nigerian Communications Commission and other organizations has been invaluable to IHVN, a local organization mitigating the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases.

Alhaji Mutallab, who holds the title of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), one of the highest national honors in Nigeria, was also the chair of Business Support Group (BSG), an arm of Vision 20: 2020, which is one of the corner stones of the economic policies of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

He is a graduate of South-West London College, Achimota College, Accra and Barewa College, Zaria. He was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Benue State University, Makurdi.

Alhaji Mutallab is happily married with children.


Professor William Blattner


Professor William Blattner is a Director of the Board of
Directors of IHVN. He is involved in developing Nigeria's capacity to implement the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in the country by supporting laboratory and clinical capacity building, training of providers and developing implementation structure to ensure that antiretroviral therapy is administered well to avoid the development of drug resistance.

Also as scientific leader in the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention of the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland, Baltimore MD, Professor Blattner is directly involved in the research activities of the Division's scientists and their science, in mentoring their career development as independent academic investigators, and in building structures to support their research. Division scientists engage in research involving four areas: Operations and Implementation Research; Clinical Epidemiology; Cancer Epidemiology; and Pathogenesis Research. In most cases, these research projects take advantage of the substantial clinical and laboratory infrastructure built through a $240 million PEPFAR investment in IHVN.

Over the years, Professor Blattner has integrated laboratory science into his epidemiological research and this continues to be a major focus, abetted by Dr. Jean Carr's molecular epidemiology expertise and collaborative interactions with the Institute and some scientists outside IHV.

A graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, Professor Blattner – an internationally renowned expert on AIDS and the viral epidemiology of cancer – is a Professor of Medicine; and Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. He is also Co-founder and Associate Director of the Institute of Human Virology based in Baltimore, USA.


Dr. Patrick Dakum


Dr. Patrick Dakum is the Chief of Executive Officer & Project Director of the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) as well as a Director on the Board of
Directors of IHVN. He coordinates the interdisciplinary responsibilities of the Institute for effective program output in addition to providing overall management of the Nigerian team in implementing the AIDS Care and Treatment in Nigeria (ACTION) Project, now ACTION-PLUS Up.

He also liaises with other US Government partners and the Government of Nigeria partners to ensure the success of the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) ACTION-PlusUp Project in the country. He also coordinates IHVN participation in implementing the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria programs.

He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine in the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore. Through the Fogarty-sponsored UM-IHV AITRP research training grant, Dr. Dakum is brokering a research training agenda to build capacity of IHVN and several academic and research partners linked through the PEPFAR program. Former Information and later Health Commissioner in the Government of Plateau State of Nigeria, Dr. Dakum trained as a medical doctor at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria and Lagos University Teaching Hospital where he earned a Masters Degree in Public Health. His public health career has spanned through the telecommunication industry (NITEL), multilateral agencies (UNFPA), bilateral agencies implementing partners (AVSC, CEDPA, CIDA) and local NGOs (Help International).

Dr. Dakum, who was also a UNFPA local consultant to the French Embassy and Canadian CIDA on health sector bilateral assistance, loves to play table tennis and is a biblical scholar.


Mr. Charles Olalekan Mensah

Ex-Officio Director

Mr. Charles Olalekan Mensah is the Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer (MD/COO), of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria and also an Ex-officio Director of the Board. He is responsible for the effective and efficient corporate operations of the Institute including administration, finance, contract administration, and supply chain to support treatment, care and support activities for thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and other diseases in Nigeria.

Mr. Mensah in this technical and administrative position provides comprehensive oversight for the management of key areas of corporate operations including; strategic planning, financial management, human resources management, grants management, and supply chain management for the Institute in providing HIV/AIDS testing, counseling, treatment, and education to more than 220,000 clients throughout Nigeria. He also develops short and medium-term strategic plans for resource management and space acquisitions, establishing site agreements with community organizations and external facilities. The MD/COO provides technical input and leadership in the daily management of IHVN accounts ensuring timely analysis, reconciliation, and reporting of transferred funds.

Charles Mensah is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA), and a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and the International Society for Research Administration (SRA). He trained at the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria where he earned Higher National Diploma in Accountancy in 1985 and the University of Baltimore, where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree in 2001. He is presently working for his PhD degree in Health Care Administration at the Walden University, USA. He is married with children and loves to play soccer, badminton, table tennis and lawn tennis.


Foluso Phillips


Mr. Foluso Phillips is a renowned business and management consultant and the founder and Executive Chairman of the respected Phillips Consulting Group, which is an industry leader in the provision of business advisory services, strategy development, training and human capacity management, corporate performance and recruitment services. He has steered the group with offices in Nigeria and South Africa for 20 years.

Mr. Phillips, who is also the immediate past Chairman of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group and Nigeria/ South Africa Chamber of Commerce, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and a Chartered Management Accountant of the United Kingdom. He brings into the Board of Directors of Institute of Human Virology Nigeria his wealth of experience and insight in management.

Several sectors and personalities in the Nigerian economy have benefitted from his experience in reputation management, organization development, general management, accounting, finance, and costing and management systems. He has also served as a consultant for Government agencies and departments, ministries, banks, insurance companies, manufacturing companies and other organizations

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Technology) degree in Industrial Economics and has management work experience both within the country and in the United Kingdom.


Ralph Oluwole Osayameh


Mr. Ralph Oluwole Osayameh is a finance and management expert with a career in management spanning over 45 years. He joined the Board of Directors of Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria with an invaluable experience in general, corporate, strategic and financial management.

Mr. Osayameh is the Chairman and Chief Executive of GF Investment Group, a company that handles securities and portfolio management among other services. He has held several management positions that include: Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; former Chairman, Chairman Lagos Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria; former President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria; and former President of the Association of Banking Institutes in West Africa.

He is an alumnus of the University of Lagos, where he earned a law degree, and also the University of Ibadan, where he was the best graduating student of the M.Sc Banking and Finance program in 1988. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators and a fellow of the Yaba College of Technology (Honoris Causa) Lagos.

Mr. Osayameh has attended various management programs at foremost institutions including Harvard Business School, Boston I.M.I, Geneva and Cranfield School of Management in Bedfordshire. He is well versed in banking, administration, accounting and personnel management.


Sir Steve Bamidele Omojafor OON


Sir Steve Bamidele Omojafor, accomplished marketing communication and advertising expert, is a Director on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN). His extensive knowledge of mass communication and social marketing will enrich the national response to mitigating HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases.

Sir Omojafor earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the prestigious department of Mass Communication of the University Of Lagos, Nigeria in 1972 – specializing in marketing communications. He has also attended several advertising seminars and workshops in the United States of America including a short program at the Columbia University, New York; Australia, Holland, United Kingdom and around Africa.

He was co-founder of the famous Rosabel Advertising Agency and Former Group Managing Director/CEO of STB-MCCANN – a leading marketing communication company providing services to multi-national companies like Coca-Cola, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Peugeot Automobile, and British Airways amongst others. He has also held the position of President of the Association of Advertising Practitioners of Nigeria (AAPN).

Sir Omojafor, who is a former Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc., is a director of several companies in Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone. He is well known for his philanthropic activities through his tireless involvement in many non-governmental organizations. For example, he is Director, Bloom Cancer Care and Support Center; Trustee, National Association of Handicapped Persons; Golden Pillar (Goodwill Ambassador), National Cancer Prevention Program and Member, National Society for the Blind. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Marketing (NIMARK) and also a Fellow of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON). He is married with three grown children.

 He is also a recipient of the national award of the officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) for his contribution to national development.


Tapgun Josephine Yinoe(Ms)


Former Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Ms. Josephine Tapgun is a Director in the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria's Board. She is an expert psychologist with extensive experience in the Federal Civil Service where she has worked in varying positions for many years.

She provided oversight for the Nigerian Bank of Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria and other organizations and liaised with International Organizations in implementing policies of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry as Minister. Ms. Josephine was also Assistant Director in both Ministries of the then Power and Steel and that of the Youth Development.She worked as Administrative Officer with the National Planning Commission. She was also responsible for monitoring activities and areas of conflicts between tiers of government as Assistant Chief Consulting Officer for the National Council on Inter-governmental Relations (NCIR).

Ms. Josephine is an alumnus of the University of Jos where she earned a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Psychology in 1989 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Psychology.


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