Ms. Ramatu Umar Bako has over 18 years of experience in international development with a focus on good governance through human rights, gender equality, and
youth empowerment. She has expertise in organizational development, project management, grant administration, institutional capacity building, audit and diagnostic review of governance structures, internal processes and financial management.
Mrs Bako is an alumnus of the UK Chevening and UK Common Purpose programmes. She has an LLB (Hons) in Law from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, BL from the Nigerian Law School, Abuja and an MSc Global Conflict and Peace Processes from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. Mrs Bako also has numerous qualifications including a PGD Certificate in War, Conflict and Development from the UK Open University, Certificate in Gender Equality from the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa among others. She has delivered high level trainings and presentations across Nigeria, the UK and across Africa.
She has worked as a legal practitioner under a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), G. Offodile Okafor SAN and with various local and international organizations: League for Human Rights, International Human Rights Law Group and at the British Council Nigeria as a Governance Manager and later, Portfolio Manager Public Diplomacy. She was the Country Director, Speakers’ Corner Trust Nigeria, a UK Charity organization promoting freedom of expression, public debate and active citizenship for 6 years. She was a past Executive Director of the Nigerian Bar Association, a 140,000-membership organization with 125 branches across Nigeria.
She is a member of several local and international organizations namely: Association of Project Managers (APM) UK, Institute of Customer Service (ICS) UK, Open University Alumni UK, Nigerian Institute of Public Management and the Nigerian Portfolio Management Institute among many others. She has contributed to many publications, is a regular contributor to public discourse and carried out consultancies for a series of local and international organizations.