Dr. Akanimo Odon - Non-Resident Research Fellow
Dr. Akanimo Odon is an international business and strategy development expert who has gained experience working in several capacities to several global and international bodies. With a specialization in education, energy and environment, oil and gas, media, charities and government, he has an indepth understanding of global issues but with special reference to Africa. He was an Adviser to the British Government on developing international education policies under the National Student Forum, International Ambassador for Lancaster University for two years, On-call Education Partnership Consultant for British Council, Nigeria for three years, Business Development Consultant for the Grow Creative Scheme under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for two years and Africa Adviser for several UK and African organisations.
He has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Rehabilitation from the University of Wales UK and a Doctorate Degree in Environmental Management from Lancaster University. Recently, he was appointed the African Strategy Adviser for Lancaster Environment Centre, one of the most reputable Environmental Centers in Europe. He has also been the African Strategy Adviser for Scada Access US (www.scadaaccess.com) – oil and gas communication monitoring and field optimization Company and Smart Metering Solutions Ltd (www.sms-plc.com), an international gas and electricity metering company.
Dr. Odon also holds enterprise and business development certifications from Judge Business School of Cambridge University UK and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA under the Enterprisers Programme and an International Fellowship Award from Stanford University Business School, USA under the Round-table for Entrepreneurship Education (REE) programme. He is a multi- award winner with awards including the DFID Scholarship Award, the British Council best UK international student Shine Award, Stanford University REE Fellowship Award and the Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (YES) Award in a programme sponsored by BBSRC, Unilever, BIA, Lonza and a host of other reputable companies.
For two years, Dr. Odon was the Local Content Adviser for one of the world largest Oil and Gas firms (BG Group, UK) and provided advice on strategy, capacity building, policy development and market entry for their Nigerian operations. As a Local Content expert, he was recently asked to support in the development the Local Content Policy for the Extractive Industry of the Tanzanian Government and also leads Local Content Strategy for First Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, an indigenous Nigerian operator. He has worked as a Strategy Consultant for the National Centre for Energy and Environment under the Energy Commission of the Presidency, Nigeria and was recently appointed an Editorial Board Member for the first International Journal on Energy and Environment in West Africa.
Currently, he is the Principal Consultant/CEO of Envirofly Consulting Limited UK (www.envirofly-group.com) which is a strategic and sustainable solutions company with expertise in bridging the competence gaps between Africa and the rest of the world using different capacity building and knowledge transfer models.
Dr. Odon is also the Co-Founder of Xn Foundation (www.xnfoundation.org), a UK, Canada and Nigerian based NGO, and currently the UK Country Director (voluntary) of the same and has helped develop several charitable projects aimed at youth and community development including the International Conference of Nigerian Students (ICONS), which is the single largest programme for African Students in the UK. In the past eight years, five UK Universities, involving liaison with over 20,000 African students, the delivery of over 40 workshop seminars to over 3000 students, and garnered over 100 top profile speakers, have hosted this programme.
Dr. Odon is a seasoned poet, novelist and international award winning author, who has published two outstanding literary works in London. The first being a book of poetry titled ‘Rhymes from the Heart’ (www.amazon.co.uk) and the second being a fiction novel titled ‘A Parallel trail’ (www.amazon.co.uk), with best seller reviews including full features in the media. Recently, he was one of the Producers of an international feature length movie titled DRY, which tackled the issue of Child Brides and VVF in Africa, a global human right and health crises with over 2.5 million women suffering from this in Africa alone – www.themoviedry.com.
Akan, as he is usually called, currently lives in Lancaster, UK, with his wife Ifeyinwa and they have a daughter, Kaela and a son, Kanaan. He plays the bongo drums and football.