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Abolade Sobola

I joined the United Nations (UNEAD/UNDP) in March 2003 as a Consultant (SSA) to oversee the Admin and Finance support to the 2003 Nigerian elections. Thereafter in 2004 I moved over to UNICEF as a Finance Assistant in the Nigeria CO. In October 2004, I joined UNFPA as a Finance Associate in the Country office in Abuja, Nigeria, and served in UNFPA Nigeria CO until March 2015 when I moved to the UNFPA Finance Branch in New York as Accounts Specialist.

I am a Chartered Accountant, and hold professional membership of the following Professional Accountancy bodies:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, United Kingdom).

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA, United Kingdom).

Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).

Previous Staff Representative positions I have held are as follows:

President of the Locally Engaged Staff Association (LESA) of The British Council in Nigeria (2001 – 2003)

Local Salary Survey Committee (2007-2015).

2nd Vice Chairperson of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS/UNWOMEN Local Staff Council in the Nigeria Country office (2009 – 2015)

I have been on short international assignments to Zimbabwe (2009 to assist with audit preparation) and Zambia (2014 as Operations Manager). I am a member of the Staff Council, and my interest is in the area of creating a ‘respectful workplace’ where ‘every one matters’.

Email: shobola@unfpa.org