A senior project manager with Nigeria’s Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, Danlami Gomwalk ’01 is supporting the construction of essential services in his home country, a relatively new democracy.
“The need for top-rate infrastructure is critical to our economy,” explains Gomwalk, who guides government agencies through national policy on public-private partnerships and helps make road, port, and health sector projects financially attractive for private investment. “It’s hard to imagine the scale and scope of these projects and their ability to impact millions of people.”
Gomwalk, an A.B. engineering graduate, holds a master’s in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. He says increasing political stability in Nigeria is improving investment in his homeland.
“Nigeria has had over a decade of uninterrupted, even if imperfect, democratic processes. With every election, the confidence of the people is growing and the effectiveness of the institutions is being tested, making them stronger,” he says. “It’s an honor to be part of an organization that is contributing to making things better in Nigeria.”
Looking back, Gomwalk believes that his willingness to leave his native country and get involved with student organizations that facilitated connections, such as International Students Association and Lafayette African Caribbean Students Association, provided skills and perspective essential to his current success.