Dr Steve Olusegun OGIDAN is a development planner, with experience in business strategy, rural development and microfinance. He was educated Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Bayero University, Kano, University of Lagos and Trinity College Malanga, Spain. He was also trained in the National Institute of Strategy, Beer Sheva, Israel and Vaikuth Mehta Institute in Pune, India.
His specific interests and competencies include business development strategy, Microfinance and agricultural and value chain development. He is an accredited Trainer by Centre for Management Development (CMD) Nigeria, International Labour Organization, ITC/ILO, Turin, Italy, Center for Microfinance Leadership of the Women’s World Banking, New York, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank as a Business Edge Trainer. Dr Ogidan was a team member of FGN/European Union team on the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform (WSSSR) programme. Dr Ogidan coordinated the Training and HR components of the project implemented by PricewaterhouseCoopers in a Consortium of 3 firms: ITAD Limited, UK, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria and Mott MacDonald, UK. He is also training consultant to PrOpCom (Promoting Pro-poor Opportunities in Commodity and Service Markets) and International Fertilizer Development Corporation, IFDC. He was the Team Leader for unprecedented three terms for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd FGN/IFAD-RUFIN Supervision Missions for Nigeria between 2010 and 2011. He was a consultant to the UNDP and the Central Bank of Nigeria on Microfinance Development Strategy. He is also currently a Management Strategy Consultant and Trainer to the Nigerian Railway Corporation. He was Strategy Consultant to the Central Bank of Liberia on Financial Inclusion, 2011-2012. He is the Coordinator and Team Leader of the ITC/ILO International Experts Team that developed Training Curriculum and Manuals on Access to Finance for Workers and Trade Unions in Africa 2010- 2012.
In partnership with Making Cents International, Dr Ogidan has been certified to deliver the Youth-Inclusive Financial Services, YFS another product to deepen the outreach of Microfinance in developing world. He has also been appointed as a Local Service Support LSS Provider for the German Donor Agency, Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst (EED) and Bread for the World (BfW) to train its 22 Partner Organizations in Nigeria. He was the BDS/ Grant Specialist on the World Bank MSME Rice Value Chain Project as well as the Kaduna State Coordinator of the World Bank State-Level Private Sector Policy And Institutional Mapping (SPPIM) project implemented by Nathan Associates, UK.
A Commonwealth Scholar at the National Institute Pune, India, a MASHAV (Government of Israel) Scholar at the NEGEV Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED), Beer Sheva, Israel and a MasterCard Foundation Scholar at the School of Applied Microfinance, Kenya, 2008. He is Faculty Member and Strategy Expert in Residence of Pan Atlantic University, Enterprise Development Centre as well as Centre for Microfinance Leadership, New York and the School of African Microfinance, Kenya. Dr Ogidan who is the MD/CEO of Successory Nigeria Ltd and Chairman, Global Knowledge Group also chairs the Board of Directors of a Microfinance Bank while providing management assistances to a number of Microfinance Banks and Businesses across Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, the Gambia and the Royal Kingdom of Morocco. He is married with children.