Eniola Mafe is taking strides to bring income balance to Nigeria

She was named on of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33, or the “99 Under 33,” by the by Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in 2011, as well as 13 Young Africans Business/Economic Leaders to Watch in 2013 by Ventures Africa Magazine. With all these awards under her belt she still does not stop and keeps striving to make this world a better place in particular in balancing the poverty and gender ratio.

Eniola is a strategist, international development leader and expert on private sector led development in Africa. She manages the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) Foundation, a $90 million corporate social enterprise that applies a market-based approach to development, builds partnerships, and develops innovative projects for sustainable development. At NDPI, Mafe works with a range of partners to tackle the myriad of complex and interrelated impediments to sustainable development, with a focus on the development of robust infrastructure and markets, markets that link Africa to international markets, that are inclusive of vulnerable populations such as women and youth. Mafe joined NDPI in 2013 after serving as program manager on Africa at Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, D.C. focusing on organizational development, entrepreneurship and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Previously Eniola Mafe worked at the Women’s World Banking Ghana in Accra and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City. She is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on the topic of economic development and women’s entrepreneurship development in Africa and holds a M.A. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. and a B.A from Spelman College (Phi Beta Kappa).

Eniola managed the Africa Businesswomen’s Network (ABWN), a partnership among local African businesswomen’s organizations that enhances the management, business development, and leadership skills of businesswomen. Eniola also manages other programs focused on the growth of women-led small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Since its formation in 2008 the network has developed member associations in six countries and has served more than 21,000 women.