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Program Manager


Tolu Okitika is the program manager for the Geospatial health and Development (GHD) team and oversees the grants, finances and overall administration of the team. Tolu also leads strategic projects typically geared towards capacity building, expanding collaborations and enhancing stakeholder engagement. She has extensive experience in facilitating the development and implementation of research projects across various health areas, with a focus on maximising resource efficiencies to drive excellent performance and innovation in research.

Tolu has international experience working with universities, non-profit organizations and government agencies in Australia, Nigeria and the United States. Prior to joining the GHD team, she worked with the malaria team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Washington Superfund Research Program and most recently, with the Telethon Kids Institute Children’s Lung Health team. Here, she managed a portfolio of respiratory health initiatives including the Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI) to develop global, all-age, multiethnic reference values for various lung function tests.

Tolu holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and a graduate certificate in Global Health both from the University of Washington Seattle. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

  • Education and Qualifications