Director-General Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution
Professor Oshita O. Oshita is the Director-General of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria. He is an expert in Governance, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Programming and Security Sector reform. Professor Oshita has consulted for Humanitarian Dialogue, Geneva, GIZ, USAID, Catholic Relief Services, WACSI, ECOWAS (Political Affairs Department and Early Warning Directorate), UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDP-DPA New York/Uganda, among others. He coordinated Nigeria’s first Strategic Conflict Assessment (SCA) jointly sponsored by the UNDP, World Bank, USAID and DFID. He also led the UNICEF-IPCR national processes for Mainstreaming Peace-building in Development Programming. Professor Oshita led Nigeria’s pioneer efforts in the development of a Draft National Peace Policy for the country, and a member of various professional associations, including the British International Studies Association (BISA), the Network for African Peace builders, and the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP), where he served as FCT Coordinator and later was 2nd Vice President. He is a fellow of the Society of Peace Studies and Practice (fspsp) and distinguished Ambassador for Peace of the UN POLAC Peace Programme. His current research interests include Peace building, Peace Education, Conflict-sensitive development programming, Post-conflict peace-building, Community early warning systems, and Public Policy Analysis.
Professor Oshita O. Oshita is a Chevening scholar of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (2nd Class Upper), MA in Philosophy, Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Education, MA in Conflict Resolution, and a PhD in the Philosophy of Social Science. He was educated at the Universities of Calabar and Ibadan in Nigeria, and Bradford University, United Kingdom. He is a trainer and facilitator, and has published locally and internationally; in 2011 he was appointed Professor of Peace and Development Studies. As Director-General of IPCR he effectively involved the institute in programming around violence-free 2015 general elections and related activities before, during after the elections in Nigeria. He also worked with the National Peace Committee for 2015 general elections.