Linda Bembatoum has 14 years’ experience working in the Not-for Profit and Social Entrepreneurship spaces and currently works as a freelance International Development Consultant under her own platform, Third Sector Development Solutions (TSDS) which she set-up in September 2013. As founder of TSDS, Linda has facilitated training workshops on ‘Sourcing for Grants and Grant writing’ for social entrepreneurs, NGO executives and creative entrepreneurs. These workshops are on a quarterly basis in collaboration with Enterprise Creative, Lagos. Some organizations and individuals that have benefitted from her workshops include staff from Freedom Foundation, Lagos Comic Convention, Pronatura International, Nigeria, Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, The Ayo Bankole Centre for Arts and Cultural Expression, W-Tec, The Future Project, LEAP Africa Social Innovators Fellows and staff from the National House of Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to name a few. Linda has also provided rapporteur services at conferences, provided consulting services to social entrepreneurs and non-profits and has co-organized Edutainment events geared towards entertaining and educating children and adults on social issues.
Prior to this, Linda worked for Pro-Natura International, Nigeria (PNI), a locally and internationally registered NGO working on sustainable community development issues across the Niger-Delta and the South-Western states of Nigeria. She held the position of Senior Programme Advisor in the Lagos office from 2010 to 2013. Linda provided support towards the implementation of community development and CSR projects in the Niger-Delta and South-West Nigeria. These projects were sponsored by international donor agencies and members of the oil and gas sector. Her duties included proposal writing, reporting feedback liaising with multilateral donors and corporate sponsors in Lagos and Abuja, project implementation and monitoring. She has written proposals and co-implemented projects for the EU, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Refugee Action UK, Oando Foundation to name a few.
Linda worked as a research assistant for the think tank ‘Centre for African Policy and Peace Strategy’, CAPPS (now called CAPPS Consult) where she conducted a study on Return and Cyclical Migration issues of Nigerian nationals living in the UK. Results of the study were published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) UK. She also worked for the Chris Ogunbanjo Foundation where she collaborated with UN Information Centre UNIC to train youth in Basic IT skills and inculcate as sense of social awareness. Linda interned at Human Rights Watch in Washington DC, in the Africa Division in her final year of her BA programme at American University, Washington DC.
Linda attended Corona School Victoria Island and later attended The British School of Lome where she received most of her primary school education. She attended Atlantic Hall Secondary School Ikeja, Lagos (now located in Epe, Lagos State). Her professional interests include the attainment of Socio-economic and Political development for Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora and the promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility/Social Impact Investment Initiatives.
She also has a keen interest in the performing arts (specifically music and theatre) and sings with the ‘Board Members Entertainment Band’ in her spare time.
Linda has a BA in International Studies with a minor in French from American University, Washington DC. She also has a Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London and is currently enrolled in an online PhD in Public Policy and Administration at Walden University, Minnesota, USA. She is a member of the American Society for Public Administrators (ASPA), The Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business and is on the youth committee of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) Human Capital Development Commission.