IFIT Staff / Local Coordinator
Bimba Thomas Jr is the Local Coordinator of IFIT’s Middle Belt Brain Trust.
He has worked on various projects with GIZ, Search For Common Ground, Mercy Corps, and Mennonite Economic Development Associates in Northern Nigeria for the past 9 years. Specifically, he worked with Mercy Corps on community reconciliation and joint economic projects amongst divided communities (farmer-pastoralist conflicts) and an inter-religious peace building project in Northern Nigeria empowering religious, community, youth, and women leaders to resolve intra and inter-community conflicts. Other projects worked upon include building a community-led peace architecture that involves diverse stakeholders from the communities, business, security, and government with Search for Common Ground. Most recently he worked on youth and women-led agro-entrepreneurship, processing, and market systems with Mennonite Economic Development Associates.
As an entrepreneur at heart, he has an interest in entrepreneurs as peacebuilders. He has experience working in the private sector setting up an agro-processing business. He has a passion for problem solving and entrepreneurship. In his spare time, he works on the Irish potato value chain by growing, processing and improving the Irish potatoes market system in Nigeria.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from Manchester University.
Working languages: English and Hausa