Just 8 months after taking up his first position in the company, Mr Gabriel Okeowo has just been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian CivicTech Startup, BudgIT, in place of Founder, Oluseun Onigbinde.
BudgIT has appointed Gabriel Okeowo as its new CEO https://t.co/6ccOmFDZ3H
— Techpoint Africa (@Techpointdotng) August 30, 2018
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This replacement is coming about 2 months after CEO and Founder, Seun Onigbinde announced his “few months-break off BudgIT” which was later found out to be a 10-months break from his company to further his education/long-term goals at the Obama Foundation Scholars Programme at Columbia University, New York City.
The Scholars Programme empowers individuals with a proven commitment to service with the tools they need to make their efforts more effective. It also identifies innovative solutions to complex global problems as well as promote change through values-based leadership.
I will be taking few months off BudgIT. I am seeking a new radical revelation. I am not running for public office in 2019. Details out tomorrow.
— Olúseun Onígbíńdé (@seunonigbinde) June 27, 2018
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In order to keep things going smoothly during his period of absence, BudgIT General Manager Operations, Gabriel Okeowo has been appointed as new CEO. Gabriel, a graduate of the University of Ilorin with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, was appointed to his former post as GM Operations at BudgIT in January 2018. He also holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the National Open University (NOUN) as well as a Master’s degree in Project Development and Implementation from the University of Ibadan.
With over 11 years of experience working in the NGO sector, Gabriel has worked with several international organizations across West African countries including International Centre for Gender and Social Research, Family Strengthening Programme (a Dutch-funded programme), and others.
His duties as CEO BudgIT would include overseeing all operational management and stakeholder communications within the company while Founder, Seun Onigbinde will continue to support fundraising efforts.
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BudgIT is a civic organization that uses creative technology to intersect citizens engagement with institutional improvement for societal change. A pioneer in the field of social advocacy melded with technology, BudgIT uses an array of tech tools to simplify the budget and matters of public spending for citizens to easily understand, with the primary aim of raising the standard of transparency and accountability in government.
Founded in 2011, BudgIT also partners with different key players of the society including civil society, public institutions, and the media, chiefly in the areas of fiscal analyses, civic technology, and data representation.
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