Senior Research Officer, M&E
National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS)

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Egwuatu U. ONYEJELEM in Brief

Born in Obibii, Nguru Mbaise of in Imo State, Egwuatu U. ONYEJELEM had rural primary and secondary education in his hometown, Obibii. Currently a PhD candidate in Nigeria, Egwuatu holds an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies, from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a Certificate in Independent Approaches to Sustainable Development Practice-IASDP from The Earth Institute, Columbia University, a Proficiency Certificate in Management from the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), a BSc (Hons) Economics/Education from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and the Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) in Economics/Social Studies from the Alvan Ikoku (Federal) College of Education, Owerri.

In June 2011, Egwuatu was privileged to be the only graduate student-participant of the Institute of African Studies of the University of Ibadan at the Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV), University of Ibadan’s first ever Leadership and Governance Programme, ‘Mentoring & Succession Planning in Tertiary & Research Institutions.’ He is a core Development Worker. Egwuatu has worked and volunteered in the educational and health sectors, as well as CSOs both in Nigeria and overseas.

Mr. Onyejelem, who chaired the first review of Peace and Conflict Studies Students Association (PACSSA) University of Ibadan 2002 Constitution in 2010, is a member of the Partners for Peace (P4P) in the Nigerian Niger Delta Region, Peace and Collaborative development Network (PCDN) and the Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace (GAMIP). He is also an Associate Member of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP) and a foundation Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria), where he coordinated the New Projects Group for two years. He also belongs to the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). In addition, he is a freelancer with Africa News. His MA thesis in Peace & Conflict Studies at the University of Ibadan titled, Peace-Building and the Socio-Economic Transformation of Guinea as supervised by Dr. Rasheed Olaniyi of the Faculty of Arts of the University was inspired by Dr. Anthonia Okoosi-Simbine’s coursework on Problems of Peace-Making and Peace-Keeping.

Mr. Onyejelem is currently a Senior Research Officer (Monitoring and Evaluation) at the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Abuja. In 2014, he joined the Capacity Building Project the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILS-CAP). It was an African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)-funded Parliamentary Capacity Development Project for West Africa. He was the foremost Project Administrative Officer, where he co-administered the implementation of parliamentary capacity development programmes for West African parliamentarians and parliamentary staff and was retained by the Institute at the completion of the project. Previously, he coordinated the Peace & Security Projects Unit of the Centre for Peace Across Borders (CePAB) domiciled in Owerri, the capital of Imo State. His responsibilities include: Leading peace and conflict research missions to communities, Conflict Assessment, Emergency Assessment, Report Writing, Editing and Documentation, Monitoring & Evaluation, Workshop Facilitation, Inter-organisational Networking/ Liaison, Chasing calls for Proposals and assisting in Project Proposals Development, General Unit Administration. PIND Foundation is currently consulting with Egwuatu through CePAB in its Conflict Assessment Project in the Niger Delta Region (Abia and Akwa Ibom States).

Egwuatu, as a promoter of Social Capital Development, participated in the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) Zambia 2013 from 1st-31st July, 2013 where his inspiration of a Zambian innovator to speak out through a PowerPoint presentation during the summit shortly after earned the innovator a project development funding. He has also participated in varied capacity building trainings/workshops and conferences. He is fluent in both English and Igbo languages and proficient in French.

Mr. Onyejelem has special interests in Public Policy, Conflict Resolution, Peace-Building, Security and Development, Research, Counselling, Fundraising and Community processes. His hobbies include Reading & Writing, Volunteering, Travelling & Exploration, Photography, Making & Keeping Good Friends, Cooking, Gardening, Walking, Cycling, Racket Games and Swimming.