Our Staff

Kate Campana

Kate Campana

President and CEO 

Kate Campana has been building successful coalitions and campaigns for equal access for the past 12 years. As the chief executive of The Access Challenge, Kate is responsible for the organization’s vision and strategy.  She designs and executes its powerful mass media campaigns, builds global coalitions and pushes for policy change to ensure universal access to health for the most vulnerable populations.

Before founding The Access Challenge, Kate led Speak Up Africa, Inc. for six years. In that role, she created some of the continent’s most notable mass media campaigns, including Every Breath Counts, focused on the global fight against pneumonia and Africa United, which featured football stars in a campaign meant to build public trust in health workers to fight ebola. Before joining Speak Up Africa, Kate was the first employee and founding member of Malaria No More, where she served as Managing Director. She played a pivotal role in establishing the organization as a leader in the global fight against malaria.

Kate has her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She worked as an attorney at the international law firm, Shearman & Sterling before beginning her career in public health.

“To me, universal access means reaching ALL all mothers and children -- even the most vulnerable in the hardest to reach places.”

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Liv Scott

Liv Scott

Director of Programs and Organization Strategy 

Liv is dedicated to making holistic and strategic change in the segmented systems we find ourselves in. With a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College, Liv recently completed Forum for The Future’s School of Systems Change course to augment a background in systemic change-making. Inspired by the complexity and ingenuity found within the biological world, Liv brings unique ideas to the public health arena in order to buttress and build a health system adaptive and resilient to impending environmental changes.

“Access means equity. This means looking at the past, present and future to ensure that there is equity in providing people access to resources. Solutions can come from many different places. We have a lot to learn. Access is a challenge, but it is not impossible.”

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Asad Lilani

Asad Lilani

Director of Political Strategy 

A native of Tanzania, located on the eastern coast of Africa, Asad is a recent Master’s graduate from New York University (NYU) - Gallatin School of Individualized study with a Master's in Business and Human Development in Global Emerging Markets. His Master’s thesis research was based on sustainable textile manufacturing in Tanzania and the way forward. As part of his thesis deliverables, Asad created a policy proposal for Tanzania’s Textile sector and collaborated with Tanzania’s Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, Textile Development Unit, and the esteemed Prof Benno Ndulu, Former governor of Tanzania’s central bank among other renowned economists, professors, and leaders.

While at NYU, Asad was appointed as a graduate research assistant at NYU Africa House & Development Research Institute, working directly with the Former President of Tanzania, H.E Jakaya M. Kikwete doing high-level research and had the rare opportunity to be a ghost-writer for his upcoming book: The Journey of My Life: From Barefoot Schoolboy to President" which is based on the Former President’s 40+ years of leadership experience and active public service.

Prior to NYU, Asad graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor’s in Business and Engineering, and has worked at multinational corporations such as Sunoco Inc, Exelon-Peco, and TE Connectivity in business development and corporate strategy.

These broad experiences have provided Asad with an expertise in emerging markets, business strategy, sustainable investing, high-level presidential research, presidential book writing, government affairs, diplomacy and policy planning.

To Asad, “Access means hope. Hope for a better future, for all people, everywhere.  Access to healthcare, education, and adequate living standards, is essential for the development of any nation.” 

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Bilen Seyoum

Bilen Seyoum

Program Manager 

Bilen Seyoum has built a career in business development, media and communications, driven by her interest in Africa and emerging markets. She provides programmatic support for the NTD and maternal health work being done by the Access Challenge.

A graduate of Tufts University, Bilen holds a degree in International Relations and Communications, which has taken her in to the field of development, working for international organizations and NGOs to create and execute their communications strategies. She had applied this experience in public relations, advertising, production, event planning and marketing (including digital and social media) across public and private sectors including working with start-ups.  She has lived and worked across various countries in Africa and the United States.

According to Bilen, access means “equality, opportunity, and the chance to safeguard a bright future for communities globally.”

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Banafsheh  Unger

Banafsheh  Unger

Director Of Finance 

Banafsheh joined The Access Challenge in September 2018 and is a certified public accountant in the State of New York.  She has over ten years of experience in public accounting and has supervised audits of companies of all sizes, including non-profit organizations.  She volunteers as the chief operating officer of a human rights organization, The Article 20 Network, and is a lifelong activist.  

Banafsheh overseas and manages our finances and implements our budget process.  Banafsheh believes that all people should have access to healthcare and free education as these are basic human rights and is working with us to help achieve these goals. 
 

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Dayo Oluwole

Dayo Oluwole

Country Director, Nigeria 

Dayo has 17 years of experience leading advocacy programs throughout Nigeria and West Africa. As Country Director of The Access Challenge for Nigeria, Dayo is helping establish roots for the organization on many levels. She has already developed a market entry strategic plan, has formed important coalitions with various government agencies and international donors, has recruited Program Ambassadors from Kannywood, Nollywood, sports and music, and has established relationships with social and traditional media houses and influencers.

Dayo started her career in development in Dublin, Ireland with the Irish Catholic Church’s Development Agency. She also worked with Fate Foundation, one of Nigeria’s leading non-for profits, helping to establish a major fundraising unit before joining Coca-Cola Nigeria, where she managed community projects locally and in Ghana. She worked closely with the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, developing new projects in the health, water and sanitation, entrepreneurship and education sectors. Later, she created the organization Kasher, where she was the principal consultant and responsible for driving strategy, project design and business development

Dayo has her BA in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria, and her MA in International Relations from Dublin City University, Ireland.     

For Dayo, access means “every child receives access to a safe and conducive environment to receive an education."  

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Ndolembai Njesada

Ndolembai Njesada

Country Director, Chad 

Ndolembai is a PhD candidate in Public Health, and a holder of a Masters degree in the same field. As a fellow of the Harvard University, Swiss Tropical and Public Health, and Barcelona Institute of Global Health of the Science of Eradication Malaria Leadership Course, Mr. Njesada earned certificates in Science of Eradication: Malaria, Managing the End of Malaria and a Global Health certificate from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Ndolembai started his career in public health and humanitarian work in Fort Worth, Texas with World Relief and Partners for Refugee Empowerment. Ndolembai has embarked in international public health with Malaria No More where he served as Country Director. He has worked diligently to establish country-wide public health programs on malaria education, information and interventions. His collaborative effort with government institutions and local and international NGOs led to the first ever universal mosquito treated net distribution in the nation of Chad with over 8 million nets distributed. Ndolembai also works with Chadian returnees from Central African Republic through durable solution for reintegration and pacific cohabitation with host communities through the United Nations International Office for Migration. 

For Ndolembai, access means “Every woman and every child must have access to basic health through safe and engaging environment." 

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Olasunkanmi  Olaniran

Olasunkanmi  Olaniran

Lead Programs and Communications Specialist 

Sunkanmi is a social development professional with expertise in strategy, non-profit management, human capital development, and sustainability. He develops strategy and programs for the Access Challenge.

Previously, he worked with Family Health International 360 and LEAP Africa, where he managed various projects and programs in human capital development, health campaigns, community sensitization, social impact assessment, storytelling, volunteer management, monitoring and evaluation, and academic research.

Sunkanmi holds a graduate degree in Political Science and International Relations from Osun State University, Osogbo, Nigeria, and Certificates in Global Social Entrepreneurship and Non-profit Strategy from Berkeley’s Hass School of Business, at UC Berkeley. He is a ‘Shaper’ at the World Economic Forum, Lagos Hub.

To Sunkanmi, access means, “equal opportunities for Africa’s youth population to rise, thrive and succeed.”

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Damilola Adenusi

Damilola Adenusi

Lead Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist 

Damilola Adenusi is a research and development expert. He has managed several development projects and led research in various fields, some of which are the School2Work Impact Assessment for LEAP Africa and the pneumonia landscape study for Speak Up Africa. Some of his development projects include Zoe Chinka’s Time Out with Future Leaders (for secondary school students in Lagos State) and Ikeja Electric Market Clean-Up.

Damilola is an alumnus of the Pan-Atlantic University Lagos. He holds a first degree in Chemistry from Yaba College of Technology Yaba, Lagos. He has worked as a program and evaluation manager at Junior Achievement Nigeria, a not-for profit organization with a focus on education, economic empowerment and financial literacy.

For Damilola:  “Access means a safe environment where the rate of crime is reduced and out-of-school youth are  empowered to earn a living.”

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Ajibola Olayemi

Ajibola Olayemi

Social Media Specialist and Program Manager 

Ajibola is a social media specialist and program manager for the Access Challenge. With over 2 years of  experience in social and community development service, Ajibola seeks to bridge the inequality gap in his immediate environment. He has been involved in various youth and community empowerment projects aimed at reaching the Nigerian youth.

Ajibola was a member of the collegiate chapter of the Junior Chamber International, and he currently volunteers for the national body. He was also awarded a certificate of recognition by the Nigerian National Youth Service Corps for meritorious service in 2017.

Ajibola has a BA in History/International Relations from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

For Ajibola, access means, “making inequality non-existent by ensuring inclusive human capacity development.”

 

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Adesewa Banjo

Adesewa Banjo

Finance and Administrative Specialist 

Adesewa Banjo handles finance and administrative matters for the Access Challenge in Nigeria.

She began her career as an administrative officer at Midgalor Associates, and later became an accountant at Susej Nigeria Limited.

She is a finance graduate from the University of Lagos. She is also a student member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and an associate member of the Accounting Technicians of West Africa and an associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.

For Adesewa, access means, “women and girls have a voice and are well represented.”

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Niniola Takuro

Niniola Takuro

Youth & Health Programs Intern 

Niniola is an intern with the Access Challenge, and assists the team in program development.

Niniola has over three years volunteer experience with non-profits working towards the fulfilment of Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria.

Niniola recently completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) degree at the Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Lagos.

To Niniola, access means “Nigerians having a lower mortality rate because of the availability and accessibility of affordable and quality healthcare facilities”

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