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