Tolu Okitika is the program manager for the Malaria Atlas Project and oversees the grants, finances and overall administration of MAP. Tolu also leads strategic projects within MAP, typically geared towards capacity building, expanding collaborations and enhancing stakeholder engagement. She has extensive experience in facilitating the development and implementation of research projects across various health areas, with a focus on maximising resource efficiencies to drive excellent performance and innovation in research.
Tolu has international experience working with universities, non-profit organizations and government agencies in Australia, Nigeria and the United States. Prior to joining MAP, she worked with the malaria team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Washington Superfund Research Program and most recently, with the Telethon Kids Institute Children’s Lung Health team. Here, she managed a portfolio of respiratory health initiatives including the Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI) to develop global, all-age, multiethnic reference values for various lung function tests.
Tolu holds a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree and a graduate certificate in Global Health both from the University of Washington Seattle. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).