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Lookman Oshodi, Commonwealth Professional Fellow is the Project Director of Arctic Infrastructure (AI), a multi-disciplinary private organization with a broad focus on infrastructure delivery, urban development and the environment. Lookman Oshodi is an infrastructure, urban development and city system strategist. He, alongside other 10 global experts, was a member of the Technical Committee for 2018 Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (4th Guangzhou Award for Urban Innovation) and was appointed in May 2018 as one of the four International Jury Members by the Metropolis, the world association of the major metropolises, based in Barcelona, Spain. He joined three other global experts from Canada, the Netherlands and Argentina to assess and selected 6 pilot projects from the submissions by the governments of major cities across the world as part of the 2nd edition of the Metropolis Pilot Projects 2018 – 2020.

He led the formulation of the Abeokuta Capital City Master Plan under the Future Cities Nigeria and United Kingdom Global Prosperity Fund. Lookman Oshodi is the Nigerian coordinator for the Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Urban Development in Africa (DASUDA’s) Lagos Lagoon City Project which is exploring Lagos lagoon as a key element in flood management, housing delivery, transportation, water and green space in Lagos. He led a team of local and international experts to support Edo State Government in the process of establishing a new urban development and infrastructure planning institution.

He is also leading multiple study projects with the Heinrich Boll Stiftung (hbs) covering housing types and mortgage systems for low-income groups, transportation and climate-resilient infrastructure in the city of Lagos. He is the Technical Lead for the formulation of new housing funding architecture for the city of Lagos under the auspices of the Lagos State Ministry of Housing in conjunction with the Heinrich Boll Foundation and ARCTIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AI).

He is working with WaterAid Nigeria and Mangrove Partners Limited on water and sanitation projects in four States in Nigeria. He was the project manager for urban water and sanitation project with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Development Innovations Group (DIG) in Bauchi and Kaduna States, and a Technical Assistance Consultant to Eko Urban Development Project (EKO-UP), a multiple infrastructure delivery project of the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Lagos State Government, Nigeria.

He is working, as a Consultant, with Save the Children International, SUPPORT of Switzerland, Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), Peru, Water Aid UK and Community Energy Scotland on various healthcare, water and sanitation, housing, energy and other strategic urban infrastructure delivery projects. He prepared the institutional reform document for the restructuring of organizations tasked with the regeneration and urban development in the city of Lagos among which is Lagos State Urban Renewal Agency (LASURA), served as the Program Coordinator for the reform of Nigerian Land Use Policy under the auspices of Land Use Act Amendment Advocacy Group (LUAAAG) and worked as a consultant to review and update the National Human Settlement Policy and National Urban Housing Policy for the Republic of Rwanda. He led the preparation of the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge finalist Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront Regeneration Plan.

He is a Registered Town Planner with membership of local and international professional associations including, the Nigerian Environmental Society, Chartered Institute of Housing, United Kingdom, and the International Federation for Housing and Planning, The Netherlands.

Oluchukwu Ezeokwelume (RTP, MNITP) is the Head of Projects at ARCTIC INFRASTRUCTURE. She is passionate about creating a sustainable and liveable environment for everyone irrespective of their status.

She was part of the team that carried out the topographic mapping, land use planning, Environmental Impact Assessments, and procurement of development permits for Lagos Business School, Pan African University, Amity Estate, and Novare Mall.

At ARCTIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AI), some of the projects she coordinates include:

1          The multi-dimensional project of Heinrich Boll Stiftung (hbs)on Housing Types and Mortgage Systems for Low-Income Groups in Lagos Nigeria, which includes the proposed Lagos Affordable Housing Development Fund, the proposed Mixed Income Housing Policy for Lagos State, and the Flood Resilience Action and Finance Plan for Idi Ori Community.

2          The multi-sectoral project of Wateraid UK (WAUK) involves collaborations from public ministries/agencies and development organizations and private entities on climate finance for infrastructure improvement and building the resilience of Lagos State against climate change.

3          The Ojodu Infrastructure Improvement Project where she and other colleagues are working towards the implementation of sustainable and climate-resilient infrastructure improvement within the Ojodu Local Council Development Area.

Oluchukwu obtained a B.Sc. and 2 Masters’ degrees in Urban & Regional Planning and Geographic Information Systems all from the University of Lagos. She is registered with the Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC) and is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP). She has equally served in various capacities as an executive of the Association of Town Planning Consultants of Nigeria (ATOPCON).

She is presently a doctoral student at the University of Lagos and her research interests include urban sustainability, climate change, climate finance, city resilience, and disaster management. 

Hannah Balogun is a City Management and Sustainable Environment enthusiast. She is a member of the Nigerian Environmental Society and has a background in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria. She also has certificates in Health, Safety, and Environment, Levels 1, 2, and 3 from the British International Safety Organization. She is a pro-poor city management strategist and her interests cut across research, policy analysis, housing delivery, WASH, disaster management, and sustainability.

Hannah Balogun’s expertise includes research, stakeholder management, WASH, project management, data, and policy analysis, pro-poor urban planning, community health advocacy, and sustainable development.

Some of the projects she has participated in include the Lagos Development Envision Laboratory (LAGDEL), Housing Types and Mortgage Systems for Low-Income Groups, the Kosofe Model City Plan, the Ojodu Infrastructure Improvement Project, the Makoko/Iwaya Primary Healthcare Project, Political Economic Analysis and Capacity Needs Assessment tool for a Lagos State Government Agency, Flood Resilience Action and Finance Plan for Idi Ori Community, and research on the Lagos City of Systems.

Ahmed Abdulrahaman is the Project Officer – Cities and Climate at ARCTIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AI). He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Federal University of Technology Minna, which he obtained in 2016. He has a Master’s degree in Geography, Remote Sensing at the University of Lagos.

He has worked on some projects, including the Lagos State Land Bureau project on Enterprise Geographic Information System (Lagos eGIS), where he contributed to the digitization and automation of the Land Administration System by utilizing his GIS skills. Additionally, he was involved in the ipNX vectorization project, which focused on digitizing the roads and streets mapping of Lagos, along with other GIS experts. Ahmed is proficient in the use of GIS and Remote Sensing software such as ArcMap, ERDAS Imagine, SNAP, and QGIS for geospatial analysis, satellite image analysis, visualization and monitoring land use changes.

Ahmed Abdulrahaman is an enthusiastic advocate of forest and urban trees. He volunteered for the Nigerian Montane Forest Project, Ngel-Nyaki Forest Reserve at Mambilla Plateau, Taraba State, using his GIS and Remote Sensing skills to map and monitor forest cover changes, and vegetation, contributing to the decision-making process regarding forest management. Aside from his professional specialization in sustainable urban development and climate change, he is passionate about academic research in remote sensing of ecology and vegetation. He has published a research paper in a reputable journal on land use and land cover change and detection.

Rebecca Okoruwa is the Finance and Administrative officer at the ARCTIC INFRASTRUCTURE. Rebecca Okoruwa holds a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from the prestigious Yaba Technology Polytechnic (Yabatech) Lagos, Nigeria. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Management, (CIPM). 

Rebecca has worked in numerous industries and gathered great exposure and experience. She is keen on the use of Data and skilled in Arithmetics. She demonstrates a high knowledge of accounting principles. Rebecca is driven by hard work and her willingness to learn.

Adedeji Adegoke is the Project Assistant in the Cities and Climate department at ARCTIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AI). He holds a First Class Honours degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Ilorin. Before joining our ARCTIC INFRASTRUCTURE, Adedeji worked as a graduate assistant at a tertiary institution, where he gained valuable experience in research and teaching. He was also a research assistant for the revised Lekki Comprehensive Master Plan and contributed to the development of a sustainable and inclusive urban plan for the Lekki region. Adedeji similarly has experience in urban planning and city improvement projects, as well as in campus master plan development.

Adedeji is deeply passionate about climate change, and its impact on human society, and the world at large. He is keen to explore ways to integrate climate change policies and actions into development projects and human livelihoods to promote the sustainability of the planet. As a dedicated and enthusiastic urban planner, Adedeji is committed to creating sustainable and liveable cities. He enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures and is a reader of literature on urban planning, photography, and design.

Ahmed Sulaiman is a student of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Ilorin. A GIS enthusiast and former intern at Cityscape Planning Services. He is a former second runner-up, Surulere District IV best student.

Sulaiman has an interest in Climate Change and its impacts on the environment and was a finalist at the Babatunde Raji Fashola Administration Climate Change Competition. He is skilled in ArcGIS and QGIS.