Governing Council

Professor Ebere Onwudiwe

Professor Ebere Onwudiwe has been elected Chairman Governing Council of the Diaspora Business Investment Development Advisory (DIBIDA).

A bona fide Diasporean, Professor Ebere is a political scientist (Ph.D.), economist (M.Sc), and policy scientist (graduate certificate). All his advanced degrees [including International Relations (M.A.)] were earned at The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. He is currently, the publisher of SDGs Monitor Magazine

Before now, he was respectively, a full professor of behavioral sciences at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he was the Director of the National Resource Centre for African Studies, and later, Executive Director of the Centre for International Studies. He has been a visiting professor at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio; and the United Nations University of Peace, Costa Rica.

He was a governance consultant to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and until recently, a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Democracy and Development, Abuja. Before these, Prof. Onwudiwe was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Economics, Lagos Business School, 2002-2006. He held the same position at the Centre for Ethnic and Federal Studies of the University of Ibadan. He was the editor of the defunct The International Journal of African Studies, previously, The Journal of Human Relations. Prof. Onwudiwe has edited, co-edited and authored 12 books on Africa including Afro-optimism: Perspectives on Africa’s Advances (Praeger, 2002), Nigeria’s Struggle with Democracy and Governance (University of Ibadan Press, 2004), Nigerian Federalism in Crises: Critical Perspectives and Political Option, (John Archer, 2001). He was co-writer of the African Governance Report published by the Oxford University Press.

He has given lectures and participated in seminars in many institutions in Africa, Europe and the United States including, The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, The University of Ibadan, The University of Nairobi, Kenya; University of London, (MSU program) Northwestern University, UCLA, Stanford University, Michigan State University, American University, Washington, DC; Harvard University and the State Department. Washington, DC, among many others.

He has served as a consultant to USAID, The German Development Corporation, (GTZ), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, (UNECA), NEPAD, and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Prof Onwudiwe was the Chief Consultant on Community Relations to Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, 2009 to 2010. He also served as Training Consultant to the Government of Akwa Ibom State on Internally Generated Revenues (2010). He was the Chairman of the Discovery Cycle’s Technical Working Group for the Code of Conduct Bureau of Federal Republic of Nigeria (since 2011). Prof. Onwudiwe was a founding member of the Consortium for Development Partnership of Northwestern University and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).  While at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, Prof. Onwudiwe helped to arrange state scholarships for 93 francophone Africa students,  In 2001, he was awarded the national honor of Officier de l’Ordre du Mono (Officer of the Order of Mono)OOM, by the Republic of Togo. He is currently an independent scholar in Abuja, Nigeria, where he is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Development, and a Member of Board of Advisers to the Chief Economic Adviser to the President of Nigeria