Ike Osakwe

Technical Adviser, Public Financial Management

Ike Osakwe is a Chartered Accountant and practicing Management Consultant. He holds two Degrees in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, England and is an associate Member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants both for Nigeria, and for England and Wales.

He is Managing Director of GRID Consulting Ltd, Health Partners International’s associate company in Nigeria, and a consulting firm specialising in the planning and implementation of change processes and systems in commerce, industry, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Background and relevant experience

Ike has more than 30 years of experience in financial managment, strategic and corporate planning, organisational systems reviews, accounting systems development and feasibility studies. He has designed and implemented effective and appropriate financial management systems for the private and public sectors.

Ike has led and supported initiatives in financial management, strategic and corporate planning, organisational systems reviews, accounting systems development and feasibility studies. He has designed and implemented effective and appropriate financial management systems for the private and public sectors. Specifically he has extensive experience in the health sector assisting in the development of accounting systems, including computerised accounting systems, for the Ministry of Health in Tanzania and Ghana as well as within Nigeria on several major projects.

In the last ten years, he has been directly involved with reviewing and building health systems and capacity at grass-roots level across many states in Nigeria. He directly coordinated the design of ‘drug revolving funds schemes’ and ‘deferral and exemption schemes’, which are in operation at Primary Health Care and Secondary Health Care levels in a nearly half the states in Nigeria.

Over the last 12 years Ike has served on the Managing Boards of a number of substantial Nigerian DFID-funded programmes; these include Partnership for Transforming Health Systems 1 (PATHS 1) programme (2002-08), Partnership for Reviving Routine Immunization in Northern Nigeria / Maternal Newborn and Child Health (PRRINN-MNCH) programme (2006-14), Support to National Malaria Programme, Nigeria (SuNMaP) (2008-15), State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) programme (2008-15), and Women for Health, Nigeria (W4H) programme (2012-16).

Ike has also served as an independent director on the boards of four quoted Nigerian companies. Notably he has served on several public commissions charged with introducing efficiency measures into the operations of key government parastatals in Nigeria. These have included the Nigerian Presidential Implementation Subcommittee for the commercialisation of Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd, as well as the Ministerial taskforce to develop policies on corporate governance and control in all government parastatals within the Nigerian petroleum industry.