Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, Non-Excecutive Director, Zenith Bank

Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, a Distinguished Professor of Systems Engineering and former Vice Chancellor (2000-2007) of the University of Lagos and former Vice Chancellor of the new Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo Ebonyi State Nigeria (2011 -2016); was the President of the Nigerian Academy of Science from 2009-2013. He attended the University of Lagos from 1968-1971.

He was awarded a Bachelor of Science [B.Sc. (Hon)] degree in Mathematics in the 1st Class Division by the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1971; a Master of Mathematics (M. Maths) degree in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science in 1973 and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Civil Engineering with specialisation in Applied Mechanics/Systems in 1976 both from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

He attended the Round Table at Oxford University in 2003 and also the 2007 MIT Research and Development Conference and Innovations for Economic Development Course as well as Harvard University of Kennedy School of Government in 2013.

Professor Ibidapo-Obe was also a Commonwealth Scholar (Canada) (1972-1976); an NSERC/CIDA (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council/Canadian International Development Agency (1977-1980) and a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar (1980-1981).

He served the University of Lagos from October 1, 1972 as a Graduate Assistant through 1976 as Lecturer Grade II till 1983 as Professor. He was the Chairman of the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities. He was awarded the Best Vice Chancellor’s Prize (2004, 2005) for the Nigerian University System (NUS).

He was conferred with the national honour of the Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) by the Nigerian Government in 2004.

He serves as an honorary International Scholar-in-Residence at the Pennsylvania State University and a Visiting Research Professor at Texas Southern University (2007 – present) both in the United States. He has similar recognitions with Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany.

He has provided several consulting services on Science, Technology including Human Resources development to the United Nations and several of its agencies (UNDP, UNESCO, ILO et al) as well as the World Bank.

Professor Ibidapo-Obe was invested in 2004 with the prestigious Fellowships of the Academy of Science and Academy of Engineering Nigerian Computer Society and Mathematical Association of Nigeria.

He was elected Fellow of the African Academy of Science (AAS) as well as The World Academy of Science (TWAS) in 2012. He was the Vice President of NASAC (Network of African Science Academies) (2011-2013).

A distinguished scholar who has authored several books and journals, Professor Ibidapo-Obe sits on the board of many companies as well as international organisations.

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