ABUJA, NIGERIA (September 24, 2018) — Experienced leader Tunde Ojei has joined the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) as the Country Director for Nigeria. Mr. Ojei brings more than two decades of experience, both in the nonprofit and private sectors, to lead a growing team across Nigeria.

“We are pleased to welcome Tunde Ojei to our global team,” said CIVIC’s Executive Director Federico Borello. “Mr. Ojei’s breadth of experience, having worked across many regions, and depth of insights, including in program operations management, stakeholder engagement, capacity building, and advocacy, are a powerful combination. As we expand our work with communities, military, and government to prioritize the protection of civilians throughout Nigeria, we welcome Mr. Ojei’s leadership and dedication.”

“This is an exciting and important time to join CIVIC and promote protection of civilians caught in conflicts around the world, including here in Nigeria,” said Ojei. “The needs of civilians must be brought to the fore and appropriate steps must be taken to ensure they are not harmed. I look forward to working with my team and all relevant stakeholders to advance the protection of civilians.”

Ojei has worked in Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, the Netherlands, and Canada. He has worked at leadership and management levels for numerous nonprofit organizations, including as the Nigeria Country Director for Oxfam Great Britain and the Deputy Country Director and Director of Operations for Save the Children in Nigeria. Ojei earned his BS from the University of Ibadan and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

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Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)

Center for Civilians in Conflict is an international nonprofit based in Washington, DC and dedicated to promoting the protection of civilians caught in conflict. CIVIC’s mission is to work with armed actors and civilians to develop and implement solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond to civilian harm. CIVIC was established in 2003 by Marla Ruzicka, a young American activist and humanitarian who saw first-hand the impacts of conflict on civilian casualties and their surviving family members. In April 2005, Marla was tragically killed by a suicide bomber in Baghdad. She died advocating for civilian war victims and their families. Since then, CIVIC has continued her extraordinary legacy and expanding its presence around the world. In Nigeria, CIVIC engages with the national and state governments, military, and communities to promote the protection of civilians. We support the development of policies, programs, and training to minimize civilian harm during the conduct of military operations. In the northest, CIVIC works closely with communities affected by the conflict as well as security providers. Visit civiliansinconflict.org for more.

Source: Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC)

Media Contact: CIVIC Communications

comms@civiliansinconflict.org / (202)709-7537

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