Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi

Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi serves at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) as Regional Director for Africa and West Asia.

He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Leeds.

He has more than 35 years of experience in the areas of international relations, governance, and human rights, both in the academic sector and in intergovernmental institutions.

Olukoshi was a member of the African Union Assessment Panel and Chair of the Board of several think tanks, including the European Centre for Development Policy Management and the West African Civil Society Institute.

He also previously served as Director of the UN African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, as Executive Director of the Africa Governance Institute, Executive Secretary of the Council for Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Director of Research at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Senior Research Fellow/Research Programme Coordinator of the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, and Senior Programme Staff at the South Centre in Geneva.

He has published extensively on the politics of economic relations, governance, and development, as well as on African higher education and development.

Prof. Olukoshi’s report ‘The Elusive Prince of Denmark: Structural Adjustment and the Crisis of Governance in Africa’ (NAI Research Report 104) is among his most impactful publication. 

“The Bank is fully engaged to enhance transparency in resource use and management, governance in the public sector, the rule of law and building institutional capacities and frameworks for investment.” – Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, AfDB Group 

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