Innocent Chukwuma

About Innocent Chukwuma
  • Regional Director, West Africa, Ford Foundation

Innocent Chukwuma works at the foundation's office in West Africa. From Lagos, he oversees all grant making in the region, supporting efforts to ensure that all people have equal access to economic and social opportunities. In managing this work, he has addressed issues of democratic and accountable government, freedom of expression, and sexuality and reproductive health and rights.

Innocent is a globally renowned advocate for human rights and good governance. Before joining the foundation in 2013, he founded and led the CLEEN Foundation, to promote public safety, security, and accessible justice in West Africa. CLEEN was the first African nongovernmental organization to receive the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. In addition, Innocent has held various posts within the Civil Liberties Organization, one of Nigeria's first human rights organizations. He was also the chair of the Altus Global Alliance, a global network of nonprofits.

Innocent is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Reebok International Human Rights Award. He served as visiting lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he designed and taught a course on the management of nonprofits in the Global South. He holds a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Leicester and a bachelor's degree in religion from the University of Nigeria.

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