Dr. Joseph Peter Ochogwu has taken over as the Director General of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, following the expiration of the tenure of Bakut Twah Bakut.
Before his appointment as the Director General of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Dr. Joseph Peter Ochogwu was the Director of Research and Policy Analysis, in the Institute.
He worked as Special Assistant in the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President from 2011 – 2016. He served as Conflict Adviser to the erstwhile British Department for International Development (DFID) for one year (2017 – 2018) before returning to the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
He has an innovative approach to facilitating and supporting interactions and engagements in emerging areas of policy making, parliamentary reform, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, countering and preventing violent extremism. He is vastly experienced in research and programme design, training, result based management, and programme monitoring and evaluation. He served as Member and Technical Expert to the Presidential Committee on Community Policing and Internal Security.
Dr. Ochogwu is widely published on peacebuilding, security, democracy and governance subjects. He won several fellowships including the prestigious British Government Chevening Fellow – 2004/2005, Israeli Mashav Fellow – 2007, UN University of Peace/IDRC Africa Programme Doctoral Fellow – 2008/2011, and IPCR Director General’s award for independent research, and a Commendation from the Chief of Staff to the President.
Dr. Ochogwu is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Nile University of Nigeria, Bingham University, and serves as a Facilitator and Examiner with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). Also, he consults for several International Development Partners in Nigeria including: British Council, British Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, United States Institute for Peace, Konrad Adeneur Foundation, Search for Common Ground, Institute of Development Studies, BASIC Research programme, amongst others.