Serah Makka is the Executive Director and has over 20 years’ experience in the global development and public sectors working in Nigeria, Afghanistan, and the United States. She currently leads ONE’s advocacy work across Africa guided by a passion to contribute to building an impactful Continent.
Current campaigns she is leading on includes, incorporating Africa’s perspective in the global financial architecture reforms, increasing financing for Africa’s plan on food sovereignty by identifying financing opportunities in the global north and advocacy and deepening attention on sectors for job creation in Africa by attracting investments from development finance institutions to also catalysing growth in the sectors. Her vast experience also includes managing a US$10 million grant Fund to develop low-income products and services (microinsurance, microloans, microsavings, micropensions) to deepen financial inclusion in Nigeria while working as Policy and Innovation Fund Manager at Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access. She also worked as the Policy and Partnerships Manager at Indigenous African philanthropy in Nigeria, where she reformed several Federal Government policies including the National Youth Service Corps.
In honor of her work in the global development and foreign policy space she has been recognised in the ‘Global Top 35 Under 35 in International Affairs’ and is an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow. Serah holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies from the University of North Florida and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.