WAPSI FORUM PANELIST

Omolara Balogun

Panelist

Omolara currently heads the Policy Influencing and Advocacy Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), a civil society capacity strengthening institution based in Accra, Ghana. She is an international development practitioner; a civil society specialist, and an advocacy strategist with over fifteen years progressive experience in strengthening civil society ecosystem in Sub-Saharan Africa. Omolara offers strategic direction to the institute’s ambitions to connect organized and organic civil society actors in thoughts and actions; and influence regional and global policy discourses around good governance, democracy, social justice and human rights, and sustainable development. Before joining WACSI, she served as the Programme Associate with Women in Peace and Secueity Network Africa;

She is an ardent advocate for a citizen-driven social change, open societies and civic space. She is a certified Change the Game Academy (CtGA) trainer, and World Bank/International Financial Centre (IFC) facilitator. Omolara sits on the board of many local and international non-profits including Redefine African Foundations in the UK, Naymote Partners for Democratic Development in Liberia, and serves as advisor to many other CSO platforms. Omolara has academic background in History, International Relations, Public Policy and citizen advocacy; and Peace and Conflict studies.