The Water Trust is excited to welcome Patricia Obozuwa to its board of directors. Patricia is the Director of Communications & Public Affairs, GE Africa – a position she has held since April 2012 when she built the function at GE.
“I’ve aspired for some time to join the board of an organization that delivers meaningful impact in Africa,” said Patricia. “The Water Trust has been improving lives in Uganda for 10 years and I look forward to using my experience to contribute to expanding the impact of this great work.”
Patricia brings to The Water Trust significant expertise building brands and developing partnerships. At GE, Patricia leads a team of communicators working across Sub-Saharan Africa to build and protect GE’s brand and reputation. She established GE Africa’s corporate social responsibility platform, GE Kujenga aimed at empowering people by building valuable skills, equipping communities with new tools and technology and elevating innovative ideas that are solving Africa’s challenges.
“Patricia brings a great set of reputation-building skills to The Water Trust,” said Paul Schrimpf, board chair. “Adding a highly-respected executive based in Lagos, one of Africa’s largest commercial hubs, will be a tremendous help as we work to grow our impact and visibility.”
In 2016, Patricia established the ‘GE Lagos Garage’ a hub for advanced manufacturing skills development that has produced over 250 graduates in Nigeria. She is the founding co-hub leader of the GE Africa Women’s Network. She is a member of the Lagos State Industry Advisory Board for the Yaba ICT Hub/Cluster project. She is also the West Africa co-regional leader for the Africa CEO Forum Women in Business Network and she is on the jury of the “Africa Excellence Awards” (since 2016).
Prior to joining GE, Patricia was Head of External Relations, Nigeria, and Corporate Communication Leader, Sub-Saharan Africa at Procter & Gamble (P&G). Before joining P&G in 2005, Patricia was the Arts and Sponsorship Manager for the British Council in Nigeria.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Patricia’s caliber join us at The Water Trust,” said Executive Director Chris Prottas. “As we work to expand our visibility and partnerships across the region, Patricia’s insight and counsel will be invaluable.”
“I’m super excited to join the board of The Water Trust,” said Patricia. “I am truly honored to work with the impressive members of our board of directors in furthering the great work of improving water, sanitation and hygiene in African rural communities.”