ayisha osoriAyisha is a lawyer and consultant with over 13years experience in corporate & regulatory practice, change communications and gender advocacy. She has worked in oil and gas, financial services and FMCG sectors. Since 2012, Ayisha has led the World Bank DFID Gender Dialogue Sessions and the UNDP’s national multi-stakeholder dialogue for increased political representation of women and partnered with various organisations on social, good governance and gender issues. She is the founder of Advocates for Change & Social Justice and the current CEO of the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund, a non-profit organization created from a public-civil society partnership to increase the quality and quantity of women in government.

She kept a weekly column for five years, first as the ‘Pedestrian Lawyer’ in Thisday’s The Lawyer and most recently, ‘Nigerian Citizen’ for Leadership newspaper where she covered social issues ranging from security and good governance to politics and values. She is a published writer with a series of children’s textbooks on social studies used in primary schools and a children’s reference book on Nigeria. As her contribution to drive electoral and civic education during the 2011 elections in Nigeria, she hosted and co-produced a local radio program “Women Talk Politics’ between November 2010 and June 2011. Ayisha is a regular media commentator on radio and television and has been involved in numerous campaigns to improve social justice for women and girls and to improve governance in Nigeria. She was recently appointed to the Board of Open Society Initiative West Africa.

Ms. Osori, an Eisenhower Fellow, is a graduate of law from the University of Lagos and Harvard Law School and most recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Masters in Public Administration. She was called to the Nigerian and New York State bars in 1998 and 2000 respectively.