We Are Springboard

Meet Our Awesome Team Members

Lawrence Afere (Founder/CEO)

Founder and CEO of Springboard. A Nigerian social entrepreneur and farmer, he is a founding member of the Innovative Cooperative for Optimal Nutrition, ‘ICON’ (Launched by 17 Social Entrepreneurs, Ashoka fellows with support from CTA, to scale up social innovations for Nutrition in West Africa).

  • Landscape Hero by Global Landscapes Forum
  • Ashoka Fellow
  • Mandela Washington Fellow, a U.S Government program for Young African leaders.

Studied Business and Social Entrepreneurship at:

  • Covenant University, Nigeria
  • Northwestern University, USA
  • Kanthari Institute, India
  • DO School, Germany
  • CEWAS, Switzerland

Helen Afere (COO/Co-Founder)

Helen Afere, a Business Administration graduate from Covenant University, Nigeria and also a professional in business Management, Helen is the co-founder of Springboard. Helen focuses on the running and operational management of the organisation. She is also a professional photographer and serves as one of the Springboard mentors for Rural Girls in Nigeria under the Springboard Community Development program.

Itohan Iyawe

(Head of Finance)

Blessing Emmanuel

(Head, Farm To School Africa)

Ogunleye Ayo

(Training)

Gbenga Adeyemi

(Head, Seed Centre & Demonstration Farm)

Demehin Oluwatosin Jeremiah

(Research and Development)

Obina

(Demonstration Farm)

Olorunyomi Abiodun

(Demonstration Farm)

Moses Johnson

(Driver)

Ogunleye Sayo

(Plantain Chips Factory)

Kabirat Jamiu

(Head, Marketing)

Victoria Ojeniyi

(Sanitary Assistant)

Advisors/Members of Trustees

Andras Nevai

Founder/CEO,
The Crystal Master Gallery Budapest, Hungary.

Wale Akinyanmi

Founder/CEO, Accent Academy, Nigeria.

Bola Akinyanmi

Director, Ministry of Environment, Nigeria

Ajayi Ademola

Department of Horticulture,
Federal College of Agriculture, Nigeria

Advisors from Ashoka, USA

Francois Barbier

Seasoned business professional, consultant, and long-time member of the Ashoka Support Network

Philip Trotter

Experienced business consultant
and friend of Ashoka