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Professor Nwajiuba appointed Senior Fellow of the Center for Climate Change and Development AEFUNAI

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Professor Nwajiuba has been appointed Senior Fellow of the Center for Climate Change and Development AEFUNAI. Professor Nwajiuba will join hands to realise the Center’s vision to become a world-class think tank and the leading centre of innovative learning, research, and policy guidance in the areas of environmental sustainability, climate change and green development in Nigeria and Africa more broadly.

Led by Professor Chukwumerije Okereke, a globally recognized leading scholar on climate governance and international development, CCCD is focused on providing research analysis consultancy services, training, advocacy, stakeholder, and policy engagement of the highest international quality.

Chinedum Nwajiuba, is the immediate Past Vice-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike (February 2016 to February 2021), Pro chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Zuru in Kebbi state since June 2022, and currently Visiting Professor at the National Universities Commission, Abuja. He was a Visiting Professor at the SciencesPo (Paris School of International Affairs, Paris, France in the Winter Semester of 2021/2022. Currently, He represents Nigeria on the Board of the West Africa Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), Accra, Ghana/Bonn, Germany. He has also served as a Member of the Board of the National Agricultural Seeds Council, a Federal Government Parastatal.

A Professor since October 2004, he holds a B. Agric. (1986) and M.Sc. (1989), both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, and a Ph.D. from the University of Hohenheim, Germany (1994), all in Agricultural Economics. He studied with the German Government DAAD scholarship, and has severally been a DAAD Fellow at a number of Universities in Germany. He also holds an M.Sc. in Development Economics from the Imo State University Owerri (2007).

He served as Executive Director of the Nigerian Environmental Study Action Team (NEST) Ibadan. He also was Project Coordinator of the Building Nigeria’s Response to Climate Change (BNRCC), a CIDA-funded initiative collaborating with the Special Climate Change Unit of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nigeria, in developing the National Adaptation Strategy and Plan of Action on Climate Change in Nigeria (NASPA-CCN). He has been on the Federal Government Team of Negotiators for the UNFCCC Conference of Parties. He is currently the Chair of the Board of the Nigeria Environmental/Study Action Team (NEST).

He is a Consultant whose works include, but not limited to Assessment of the State of Green Economy in Nigeria funded by the GIZ, the New Green Deal on Agriculture for Nigeria sponsored by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the Status of Climate Smart Agriculture for Nigeria, Cameroun and Democratic Republic of Congo sponsored by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), Ghana, and also the National Erosion Watershed Management Programme (NEWMAP)-funded by the World Bank, on producing a climate change manual, guiding Project implementation (2021/2022).

He is married to Prof. Chinyere Nwajiuba mni, and they have five children, one grandchild, and two sons-in-law.

Professor Sunday Elom, the Vice Chancellor of AEFUNAI says, I am delighted that Prof Nwajiuba has agreed to join CCCD-AEFUNAI as a Senior Fellow.  The Center is his own creation and I am delighted that he has returned to work with the current leadership of the Center to help realise the vision behind the creation.

I am very proud of the outstanding work that Prof Okereke and his team has done to elevate the profile of the University through the work of the Center.

By Emma Ogodo

Communication Officer CCCD-AEFUNAI