Professor Isaac Olawale Albert is the Chairman of NIDPRODEV’s Board of Trustees. He is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, and is the current Director of the Institute of African Studies. He initiated the Peace and Conflict Studies Programme of the University, which started in 2000. He is a specialist in early warning systems, conflict analysis, process planning and “Track II” diplomacy. He was the UNDP (Accra, Ghana) Consultant for the establishment of the MA Peace and Development Studies course of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in 2006.
Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin began her career in activism as the Secretary of Women in Nigeria (WIN) Kwara State from 1981-1991 and the Coordinator of Women in Nigeria (WIN) Kwara State Branch (1991-1996) Chairperson, Rethink Nigeria (1987-1982) Chairperson, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, Kwara State Branch (1990-1996). Her foray into human rights activism was at a period when the Babangida dictatorship was baring its fangs on locking up critical voices. She became one of the targets of the administration as she was arrested and detained not less than seventeen times at different locations.
Mr. E. E. Doyah-Tiemo, a charted banker and devoted community leader, He was the Chairman of Egbema and Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation (EGCDF) from 2009 – 2012, having been the pioneer General Secretary from 2004 to 2009. The EGCDF is a community development organization that encourages communities to own the development process. It is actively involved in capacity building, human capital development, economic empowerment and skills acquisition programs for youth. Mr. Doyah-Tiemo is widely traveled.
Mr. Joel Bisina is both the Founder and Executive Director of Niger Delta Professionals for Development. He has vast experience in conflict management and mediation. He has played a role in peace brokering in various conflict zones in Nigeria, including the OPC-Ijaw Youth Conflict of 1999 in Lagos, and the Warri Crisis. Mr. Bisina has made substantial contributions to the body of knowledge on conflict management, peace-building and advocacy in regional and international publications, and international speaking engagements.
Professor Yusuf Dankofa hails from Kano State though he was born in Ibadan in 1963. He had his Primary education at Omolewa Nursery and Primary School Oritamefa Ibadan and proceeded to Ahmadiyya Grammar School now Anwar Islam Grammar School at Eleiyele Ibadan. He thereafter enrolled at the University of Sokoto now Usman Danfodio University where he bagged an LL.B Hons in Law in 1987 from where he enrolled at the Nigerian Law School in Lagos, where he earned his BL and was admitted into the Nigerian Bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1988.
Ms. Egondu Esinwoke is currently the Executive Director of Community Initiative for Enhanced Peace and Development (CIEPD), a non-profit organization. She has a first degree in Political Science and Administrative Studies, a post-graduate diploma in Public Administration and a Masters degree in International Law and Diplomacy. She has obtained many certificates in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Austrian Study Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, the United Nations Department for Safety and Security and the Peace Operation Training Institute, among others.