Kemi Asuni is an independent consultant working with SDDirect on the LINKS Programme in Nigeria.
Kemi has 14 years’ experience working in Nigeria with DFID projects, many of them based on Market System development, with background In economics, a graduate of the Bayero University Kano- Nigeria, received training on gender and human rights from MS-TCDC in Arusha Tanzania. Kemi Started her career as an administrator, later developed interest in women’s economic empowerment in private Sector.
Kemi has previously worked on GEMS1 ( Growth and Employment in States support to meat and leather industry a project managed by DFID where she worked as the administrative manager of the project , With experience working in Northern Nigeria, she has worked on the Business Innovation Facility which was funded by DFID co-managed by CBI and PWC , she worked as the gender manager on the project, working directly with women small holder’s farmers in various value chains to increase income and productivity and ensure that there is a business case for empowering women in the value chains especially with the private sector.
Kemi is currently the GESI Advisor on the LINKS program. LINKS is a seven-year programme launched in September 2019, with funding from the UK Government. LINKS aims to support development of a vibrant and diversified economy in the three key northern Nigerian states of Kano, Kaduna and Jigawa, acting as a powerful engine of northern economic growth funded by DFID programme, LINKS has an ambitious target to increase 3,000,000 household incomes by 25%, 100,000 new FTE , Kemi’s role is to ensure that 40% of women are beneficiaries and 6% of people with disability are reached .