Our Team

Our small core team works with our fantastic broad network of skilled part-time and volunteer members on the ground whose dedication to our cause is crucial to our operations across 5 countries to deliver vital projects to women, youth, and whole communities in rural African communities.

Our members work in media, programmes and marketing departments to bring Ripples Foundation projects to life for those in need.

Anne Toba Founder & CEO

What made you establish Ripples Foundation?
Ripples Foundation started life as BME Concern, to help women who come to the UK from overseas, and ethnic minority women who are suffering from violence and don’t know their rights. They are offered support by referring them to Government and non-profit support services. My goal was to eventually serve the women in villages in Africa, having experienced the impact of the misuse of culture on women myself. If I with a MSc degree holder could suffer from the misinterpretation of culture, what chance did the average African village woman stand? Doing nothing to alleviate the suffering of the African village woman is not an option.
What is the best thing about working at ripples?
The feeling that I get, when I see how our programme has directly improved the life of someone, is why I work with Ripples. I can actually see the change in people and see the person behind the suffering; there is nothing more exhilarating and it re-energising.
Interesting fact about myself:
I love to create my own perfumes and lotions using the pure/wholesome oils and butters produced by Ripples women in Africa.
Top of my bucket list:
Sailing around the world.
 

Funke Owonubi

Regional Director of Enterprise (Nigeria)

What is the best thing about working at Ripples?
I love working at Ripples because Ripples Team’s approach to challenges makes them less daunting by breaking them down into simple processes, no matter how big the project.
Interesting fact about myself:
I am generally a very calm person, nothing phases me.
Top of my bucket list:
To go on a wildlife safari trip.

Gloria Razafimahazo

President Ripples Madagascar

What is the best thing about working at Ripples?
The best thing about working in Ripples is beeing part of a great project to touch lives of people concern and make change happen.
Interesting fact about myself:
I am fun, caring and serious person who likes to be in touch with people
Top of my bucket list:
To be on a roller coaster with my kids.

Madam Rabi

President Ripples Ghana

What do you do for Ripples?
I’m the president and CEO of Ripples Ghana
What do you like about Ripples?
I like our presence in Ghana to help the poor women who have nowhere to go for help. I want to expand the presence of Ripples Ghana to reach more women in more communities.
Top of my bucket list:
I want to establish more Processing Centres in more village communities; so that the mothers can help improve the future of their children

Zoliariseheno Rakotondralambo

Vice President Ripples Madagascar

What do you do for Ripples?
I am the Vice President of Ripples Madagascar, I’m actively involved in the delivery of Ripples Madagascar projects.
What do you like about Ripples?
Being with Ripples is such a great honor and opportunity for me to do what I couldn’t do before Ripples Madagascar. I really enjoy how we empower women, it will give me a new perspective to help those who are in need. Ripples Madagascar offer meaningful and rewarding project that touch poor people lives.
Top of my bucket list:
All I want is to help poor people, that is what will make me happy.

Fara Mialy Rakotonirina

Treasurer of Ripples Madagascar

What do you do for Ripples?
I am the Treasurer of Ripples Madagascar, I’m responsible for keeping the Accounts. I am also very active in the delivery of Ripples Madagascar projects
What do you like about Ripples?
I have two hands, those hands, if I can give these hands to help someone who needs them, that would be an opportunity for me to help. With Ripples, I can be one of those willing to make a change in women lives, being a change maker in someone’s life is the best part that I like about Ripples.
Top of my bucket list:
As a mother, bringing joy to my family is the most important thing, so wish that happiness and joy will never be taken away from us.

Maltiti Bilal Abubakari

Logistics - Ghana

What do you do for Ripples?
I handle the logistics of all local and international orders
What do you like about Ripples?
Ripples Ghana has really made a big effort to help rural women in deprived communities in Ghana. I like being a part of an organisation that change women’s lives. I see the impact of our work every day, it is very humbling.
Top of my bucket list:
I want to be part of growing Ripples Ghana and helping even more communities

Dr Maryam Nasir Aliyu

Medical

What is the best thing about working at Ripples?
I love working with Ripples because it has given me the opportunity to touch more lives. It’s also wonderful because it doesn’t feel like work, it feels like family.
Interesting fact about myself:
I love cooking and knitting and I’m relatively good at both.
Top of my bucket list:
To learn Spanish.

Dr AnthOny OJO

Medical

What is the best thing about working at Ripples?
Ripples has helped to restore hope to very many less privileged African women endowed with potentials. That fulfilment you have when you see a woman empowered.
Interesting fact about myself:
Life is about living for others. Dream Big, With optimism & strong will, nothing is impossible.
Top of my bucket list:
Holidays in Paris.

Dr Abdurrahman Nasir

Media

What is the best thing about working at Ripples?
I like the flexibility and adaptability of Ripples’ Programmes. Their working model is different from most other organizations. One has the freedom to do what you do best and yet be able to make a difference. The team is very great with virtually no limitations except the extent of our abilities. That is very great!
Interesting fact about myself:
Interesting facts about myself I love challenges (the bigger the better) and I’m always in when it comes to learning something new.
Top of my bucket list:
Help establish a first class center of learning Visit the Faroe Islands Learn to play the Piano.