Eniola Mafe was named on of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33, or the “99 Under 33,” by the by Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy in 2011, as well as 13 Young Africans Business/Economic Leaders to Watch in 2013 by Ventures Africa Magazine.
Eniola Mafe is the Program Manager for the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation (NDPI), established by Chevron Corporation in 2010 to invest in socioeconomic development programs in the Niger Delta region. Under this initiative, Chevron established a US$50 million fund to support a portfolio of projects and partnerships aimed at reducing poverty in the region. As a partnership initiative, NDPI generates collaboration among a diverse collection of partners including bilateral and multilateral aid donor agencies, federal and state government agencies in Nigeria, private companies and civil society organizations.
Eniola served as Program Manager on Africa at Vital Voices Global Partnership with a special focus on organizational development, entrepreneurship, and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Eniola managed the Africa Businesswomen’s Network (ABWN), a partnership among local African businesswomen’s organizations that enhances the management, business development, and leadership skills of businesswomen. Eniola also manages other programs focused on the growth of women-led small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Since its formation in 2008 the network has developed member associations in six countries and has served more than 21,000 women.
Prior to joining Vital Voices, Eniola worked with Women’s World Banking Ghana (WWBG), where she developed social impact methodology to quantify the social and community impact of the microfinance institution on its clients, investors, and wider community. She also worked at APCO worldwide, where she focused on corporate responsibility research and market analysis. Eniola began her career as an Equity Financing Analyst for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
She is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on the topic of economic development and women’s entrepreneurship development in Africa. Eniola holds a M.A. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, specializing in International Business and Development, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with B.A in International Studies from Spelman College.