Ijeoma Nwagwu, PhD (Harvard Law), LL.M. (Harvard Law), B.L.(NLS, Abuja) earned her doctorate in Law (S.J.D) and Masters in Law (L.L.M) degrees from Harvard Law School and was awarded the Landon H. Gammon prize for academic excellence. After attending the Nigerian Law School, Ijeoma worked as legal counsel for the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), where she also produced documentaries on law, human rights and development themes with Channels Television Lagos and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA). A talented researcher and lecturer, Ijeoma taught International Trade Law and Human Rights at St. Mary’s University College, London and was on the research team for the World Bank Assisted Science and Technology Education Post-Basic (STEP-B) project in Nigeria. She has also conducted research trainings for the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Senegal. Ijeoma is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.
An active member of the community, Ijeoma volunteers on youth/education programmes and is passionate about finding creative solutions to education and development challenges in Africa. She currently manages the First Bank Sustainability Centre at Lagos Business School where as part of the faculty she teaches courses on strategy, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, and social entrepreneurship.
Ijeoma also speaks and writes extensively on law and sustainable development, as well as governance and the private sector in emerging markets. She is on the Board of Afro-tech girls, a non-profit that encourages girls to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Ijeoma also serves on the advisory board of the Network for Business Sustainability, a collaborative of international academic experts and business leaders focused on sustainability issues.