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Nicholas Ozor

Kenya  
African Technology Policy Studies...
Joined March 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy & Governance
Dr Ozor holds a B. Agric. (Nig., First Class Honours); MSc, Agricultural Administration (Nig., Distinction) PhD, International & Rural Development and Agricultural Extension (Reading, UK & Nigeria respectively), is the Executive Director of the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) Nairobi, Kenya, a transdisciplinary network of researchers, policymakers, private sector actors, and civil society actors promoting the generation, dissemination, use and mastery of Science, Technology and Innovations (STI) for African development with coverage in 30 countries (27 in Africa and 3 Diaspora chapters in the Australia, United States of America, and United Kingdom). Prior to this appointment, he worked as the Senior Research Officer at the ATPS where he provided leadership in Research, Communication, Training and Outreach. He was formerly a Senior lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Extension, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Dr Ozor is a Commonwealth Scholar and holds the Best PhD Thesis Award in Agriculture in Nigeria in 2006, and the Wellcome Trust Award for the Best PhD Presenter in 2006 from the University of Reading, United Kingdom. He is a Teaching Fellow and Mentor, African Climate Change Fellowship Programme (ACCFP). Dr Ozor has led and is currently leading many internationally funded research projects bordering on science, technology and innovation (STI); agriculture, food and nutrition; innovation systems; climate change; policy development, analysis and advocacy; technology management and transfer; and private sector engagements. Dr Ozor is a member of many professional organizations and has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and other multimedia channels. He sits on the Board of many international bodies including a Member of the Governing Board of the International Research and Training Center for Science and Technology Strategy, a category 2 Center under the auspices of UNESCO. He is also a Member of the International Advisory Committee for the Global Bioeconomy Council.

Dr. Ozor’s Key Skills include: Fundraising from multiple donors in areas of STI; Core research, teaching and programme implementation across the STI areas; Network building with stakeholders; Capacity building and training of varied stakeholders in STI; Policy analysis and advocacy across STI issues for empowering policymakers to utilize homegrown research evidence in policymaking processes that enhance development and good governance; Knowledge valorization across STI issues that aim at bringing technology and innovation to the market place; Outreach and Communication that aim to increase awareness and understanding of key STI issues among relevant stakeholders for use in development objectives; Publications; and Leadership and mentorship by providing strategic direction for organizations and teams to achieve their goals as well as grooming the future leaders through informed mentorship and support systems.

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