Dr. Obasesam Okoi is a broadly trained scholar with a multidisciplinary background that includes peace and conflict studies, political science and international relations, international public policy, international development and global political economy, and civil engineering.
Dr. Obasesam holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a Master’s in International Public Policy from University Of Windsor, Canada
Dr. Okoi previous academic employments include University of St Thomas, Minnesota, USA, the University of Winnipeg, and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, where he directed and taught undergraduate courses in teaching Justice and Peace Studies and Public Policy Analysis and Advocacy, human rights and international development. He was the Coordinator of the Africa Working Group Consortium. This initiative united scholars, students, and practitioners to explore peace and conflict issues on the African continent.
Dr. Okoi interdisciplinary research includes natural resource conflict and conflict resolution, governance and peacebuilding, the connection between engineering and peace. He also examines the alleviation of inequities that are emerging in Africa as a result of globalization, digitalization, and artificial intelligence as well as global pandemics. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Conflict Resolution Quarterly, African Security, World Development, International Journal on World Peace.
Dr. Okoi has contributed to a global policy response to address the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on vulnerable groups through the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at The Lauder Institute, The University of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the high-level expert advisory team mobilized by GovLab, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, to advise political leaders from Argentina, Bahamas, Ceará-Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago on supporting marginalized and vulnerable populations during their COVID-19 response.
He is the author of The Spirit of Change: Rediscovering Our Humanity in a Precarious World, a highly sought-after book which earned him several invitations to international leadership forums where he speaks and trains hundreds of leaders on transformational leadership. In 2016, the Universal Peace Federation awarded him the Ambassador for Peace Award in recognition of his contribution to peace leadership.