The Center for Public Policy Alternatives (CPPA) is an independent, non-partisan public policy think-tank committed to rigorous research through which public policies and processes are examined, supported and best practices disseminated. The CPPA aims to help sub-Saharan governments and their agencies realize the goal of rapid development and a prosperous future for their citizens.

To create a demand driven research organization dedicated to addressing issues affecting Nigeria in particular and sub-Saharan Africa in general.

To be quoted, referenced or engaged in 80% of all policy issues by 2014.

CPPA aims to promote proactive research that is not limited to current affairs across a broad range of subjects and is independent of immediate or obvious demand with the hopeof:

  • Strengthening the decision-making capacity of government by transmitting policy-relevant information derived from high quality research and analysis to policymakers.
  • Creating an informed citizenry through public education about key issues and choices.
  • Facilitating the dialogue between policymakers and their constituencies.
  • Strengthening civil society by providing a forum for discussion and analysis.
  • Identifying, articulating and evaluating current or emerging issues and provide alternative solutions.
  • Stimulating public debate by adding high-quality research and analysis to the voice of the people in order to bring about policy change.
  • Serving as an informed and independent voice in policy debates.
  • Providing a constructive forum for the exchange of ideas and information between key stakeholders in the policy formulation process.
  • Ensuring continuity of programs even after departure of development partners or program funders.

Our Team
  • Board of Trustees
    • Folarin Gbadebo-Smith: Dr. Gbadebo-Smith is a graduate in Public Policy of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He was attached to the Ash Institute for Innovation in Government at Harvard University as a Fellow in 2008. He has conducted research on the health, public sector and Food and Agribusiness. He has worked as an independent consultant with DFID, Lagos state and other international organisations and has conducted independent research on Performance Contracting for the public sector and Food and Agribusiness. His areas of policy emphasis include:
      • Advocacy for innovation in government
      • Performance Measurement
      • Food and Agribusiness policy
      • Pubic private partnerships
      • Health Policy
    • Soji Apampa: Mr Apampa is currently CEO of RTA Intelligence Ltd, a business research, intelligence and ethical due Diligence Company. Prior to that he was Managing Director of SAP Nigeria Ltd, and Regional Manager (West Africa), for SAP where he worked for 8 years since early 1999. He is also Director of Centre for Business Integrity, Lagos where he has acted as resource to the World Bank Institute on giving Civil Society organizations’ insight into the role service delivery and service delivery surveys (especially at the local government level) can play in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) process. He has also actively participated in several DFID projects and conducted political economy studies in a few states in Nigeria. His areas of interest are:
      • Political Economy
      • Anti-corruption
    • Femi Oyetunji: Mr Otetunji is currently Managing Director of Alexander Forbes, the leading actuaries firm based in Nigeria. He has a First Class Honors degree from University of Manchester, a Masters from Imperial College, London and a PHD from University of Manchester. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. His areas of policy interest are:
      • Statistics and Data Management
      • Risk Management
    • Oshuwa Gbadebo-Smith: Mrs. Gbadebo-Smith is a trained lawyer by profession as an alumnus of the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). She practiced law for several years and was company secretary and legal adviser for a large Nigerian bank before leaving to pursue and MPA in Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. She is presently Managing Consultant for Harriet Davidson Ltd, a public policy consulting firm and worked as a consultant to many organisations including Ford Foundation, DFID, EU, The Federal Government and several state governments both in Nigeria other African countries. Her areas of policy emphasis include:
      • Law and Private Sector Development
      • Governance
      • Monitoring Evaluation
  • Management
    • Folarin Gbadebo-Smith - MD | CEO: (See CV above).

    • Olufemi Olarewaju (PhD): Dr. Olufemi Olarewaju is very passionate about solutions to local and national developmental challenges, with specific interest in energy, environment, and transportation sectors. He completed a comprehensive project on solar energy utilization for rural dwellers for his doctoral dissertation. He is a consummate professional with very diverse academic background in the sciences (BSc. Applied Geophysics, Ife), business (MS. Information Systems Auditing, California) and public policy (Ph.D. Public Affairs, Texas). His professional experience spans over two decades in private, public, and non-governmental organizations. Before joining the Center for Public Policy Alternatives, Dr. Olarewaju most recently served as a Research Fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis, a think-tank with offices in Dallas, Texas and Washington, District of Columbia, the United States of America.

    • Adeola Pacheco (MPH): Dr Pacheco holds a Master of Public Health degree from University of Nottingham, UK. She worked in organisations in the Health and Financial Services Sectors before pursuing a career in Health, Safety and Environmental Management. With experience in Environmental Health and Health Promotion, she currently focuses on policy development and research with emphasis on:
      • Health Policy
      • Sustainability and the Environment
      • Public Sector Capacity Building
    • Olamide Harrison: Olamide Harrison is a graduate student at the University of Rochester pursuing a PhD in Economics. His research interests are in macroeconomics and, more specifically, frictions in financial and labor markets. He is currently investigating the mechanisms through which the boom in securitization and credit risk transfer affected the market for housing services. He holds M.As in Economics from the University of Rochester and Virginia State University and received his B.A in Mathematics and Physics from Hamilton College.

    • Jennifer Obado-Joel: Jennifer Obado-Joel is a trained policy analyst with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan, Masters of International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos and Masters in Public Policy from the Central European University, Budapest. She also holds a certificate in Health Law and Policy from the University of Latvia, Riga. She has worked on projects with international organizations such as Goldman Sachs, The Open Society Institute Think Tank Fund and Habitat for Humanity Central and Eastern Europe. Her Research Areas of Interest are:
      • Governance
      • Urbanization and Environment
      • Energy
      • Evidence Based Informed Policy Making
  • Research Associates
    • Ikechukwu Ejekwumadu | B.Sc, MA Sociology
    • Napoleon Abakpa | B.Sc. Economics & Statistics , MA. Economics and Finance
    • Josiah Aramide | BSc, MSc Physics
    • Tosin Osasona | Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws in International crime and Justice
    • Michael Falade | B. Sc, Zoology
    • Omolade Ogunye | B.A. Political Science, MA. International Studies
    • Olatawura Ladipo-Ajayi | B.Sc Economics , MSc. International Development
    • Olufunmilayo Makinwa | B.A. Law & Society, MSc.Negotiation & Conflict Resolution