Who We Are

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Her Excellency Mrs Toyin Saraki     

A lawyer and mother with a personal testimony on child mortality, Her Excellency Toyin Saraki is the Founder-President of Wellbeing for Women Africa and the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), which, as a Global Partner to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ initiative, advocates for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in Africa.  Through a multi-layered strategy of research, lobbying, policy development, educational program facilitation, advocacy, as well as the development and international circulation of personal health records, Wellbeing for Women Africa & WBFA are making tangible inroads towards the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Three, Five and Six.

Toyin was born shortly after Nigeria’s independence, studied law at the University of London and was later called to the Nigerian Bar. Having built a successful career in the realms of law, banking and property development, coupled with her capacity as the First Lady of Kwara State, Nigeria, from 2003 until 2011, Toyin reoriented both her wealth and expertise towards the philanthropic realms of human rights, social welfare, education, arts and culture, citizenship, and democracy.

 
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Stephen Sobhani                              

Stephen is a global health expert with over 19 years of experience building impactful health and development partnerships across public and private sectors.  As Chief Executive Officer of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa —Nigeria’s first foundation — he is charged with operationalising its global mission to reach more women, children, and communities under the visionary patronage of Madame Toyin Ojora Saraki.  His areas of professional experience and expertise span a broad range of critical development issues including, maternal, newborn and children’s health, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), HIV/AIDS, nutrition and reproductive and sexual health across countries around the world.

Prior to joining The Wellbeing Foundation, Stephen served as Vice President for Global Impact and Regional Manager of Africa for The Sesame Workshop, the non-profit educational organisation behind Sesame Street - the largest informal educator of children in the world - whose multi-media programming reaches children in over 150 countries. There, he was responsible for creating, expanding, and funding Sesame’s new global development programs which focus on children’s health in Africa.

 
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Felicity Aliana Ukoko            

Mrs Felicity Aliana Ukoko was born in Gweru, Zimbabwe.  Soon after graduating as a nurse at Parirenyatwa Hospital Harare in 1992, she moved to the United Kingdom, where she earned her B.A. Honours in Midwifery and Women’s Health Studies, and Masters in Public Health at Anglia Ruskin University. She has studied Sociology of Health & Illness and Environmental Health at Kings College London, and holds qualifications in project management.

Felicity’s career in women’s health services spans a period of 20 years, encompassing clinical practice, policy development, and project management.

She joined Guys and St Thomas Hospital in 2003 as a Specialist Midwife for pregnant asylum seekers awaiting dispersal in the London Borough of Lambeth, receiving the British Journal of Midwifery Community Midwife of the Year award in 2005.

 

Sagal has a breadth of experience in global health communications. She started her health communications career at MHP Communications working mainly for the global pharmaceutical company AbbVie on neonatal health.

After MHP, Sagal worked for Raitt Orr and Associates for nearly two years on projects varying from human rights to political campaigns. Whilst working at Raitt Orr, Sagal helped with high level health events on guinea worm for the Carter Centre and Leprosy for The Nippon Foundation.

Sagal was born in Mogadishu, Somalia and has lived and studied in Nairobi, Kenya and Madrid, Spain. She holds a graduate degree in Public Policy and Management from Birkbeck University.

 
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Dr Luther-King Fasehun      

Dr Luther-King Fasehun is a qualified medical doctor with expertise in health economics; healthcare management, and health policy analysis/development, especially in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), and broader issues of global public health and international development.

His clinical work experience spans both the private and public health sectors, including primary care, secondary care, and tertiary care. He has also had the privilege to gain clinical experience working in urban healthcare facilities as well as some of the most rural healthcare facilities in Nigeria. His health economics, health policy analysis/development, healthcare management and research experience spans both globally and regionally, from the Ministry of Health in Nigeria, as well as the World Health Organization global headquarters in Geneva.

 

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Audrey Baffour                 

Hailing from Ghana, Audrey Baffour has risen through the ranks of Wellbeing Foundation Africa through the roles of Operations Manager, Country Representative for Ghana, and now, Chief of Staff for Nigeria.

Having held executive positions across a range of financial institutions, Audrey’s passion for aiding the less-privileged has seen her sit on the Board of both the Hunger Alliance Ghana and Autism Awareness Care and Training Centre of Ghana, operate as an Executive Member of Ghana Civil Societies Association for Scaling Up Nutrition, and participate as a member of Scaling Up Nutrition’s Communication Group representing Ghana. Audrey is the Patron of BASICS International Ghana, an organisation which caters for children in very poor communities in Ghana, and is passionate about contributing to a more sustainable West Africa, and beyond.