Toluwalola Kasali is the Founder of My Internally Displaced Persons; a cause focused on reintegrating forcibly displaced persons into society with dignity. She recently completed an MSc in Public Policy at the London School of Economics, winning the Lloyd Gruber Prize for the Best Policy Paper in the School of Public Policy for her work promoting self-reliance in protracted displacement. In 2019, she was selected as a British Council Emerging Policy Leader in Nigeria for her work on Forced Displacement. As part of this programme, she engaged global leaders including Members of the U.K. Parliament and the International Development Committee of the House of Commons on policy issues regarding forced displacement.
She published her first book in 2019 titled, “My Name is Aisha – A Collection of Stories from Internally Displaced Persons.” Her book aims to educate and create awareness about the plight of IDPs. In 2018, she was a speaker at a high-level meeting organised by the World Bank Group and Canada’s Public Health Agency on Mental Health Stories from Around the World. She presented a summary of her report with a focus on the Mental Health effects of Displacement. She was also invited to the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit hosted by the U.K. Government. She presented a paper on an Integrated Approach to Rehabilitating Internally Displaced Persons with Dignity under a Multisectoral Investment Programme.
Toluwalola has published several reports on Internally Displaced Persons. In 2015, she published her first report titled, “An Integrated Approach to Rehabilitating Internally Displaced Persons with Dignity.” This report was referenced by the World Bank publication, “Mental health amongst displaced persons and refugees: making a case for action at the World Bank Group.” It was also featured on the World Bank Blog and the Huffington Post in an article titled “Mental health services in situations of conflict, fragility, and violence: What to do?” She also published a report titled “A Multisectoral Approach to Internal Displacement.” and an expert opinion for the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), on lessons learned to close the transition gap from aid-dependence to self-reliance.
She has implemented bottom-up interventions to promote self-reliance among displaced persons and build the evidence required to inform humanitarian and development policies. Together, she has provided humanitarian support, dignity kits to support the hygiene needs of girls & women, self-learning educational materials, psychosocial & physical health support, vocational skills training, equipment, and business start-up grants.
Toluwalola is a finance and public policy consultant and previously served as a Special Adviser on Macroeconomics, Research, and Reporting to the Minister of Finance, Nigeria. She is a well-rounded investment and finance professional. Toluwalola holds a BSc (Hons) in Accounting from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and an MSc in Energy Studies from the University of Dundee, Scotland. She is a Fellow Chartered and Certified Accountant and has passed Level II of the CFA Examination.
Toluwalola intends to continue devoting herself to causes that make a difference in the lives of others and seeks to drive sustainable change by influencing policy. She hopes to make an impact in the world.