Dr Otive Igbuzor is the executive director of African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD).
Born on 5 September, 1963, Igbuzor, a native of Delta State, grew up to become a man of many parts and professions. He is a pharmacist, public administrator, author, human right activist, and lecturer, to mention a few.
Igbuzor bagged his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from the University of Benin, Benin City, in 1986. He obtained two master’s degrees, one in Public Administration and the other in International Relations, before proceeding to acquire a doctorate degree in Public Administration, specialising in Policy Analysis – all from the University of Maiduguri.
As a pharmacist, he worked as an intern at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Edo State; Awo-Omamma Community Hospital, Awo-Omamma, Imo State; and Curtis People’s Pharmaceutical Chemist Limited, Maiduguri. He also lectured at the Department of Public Administration, Delta State University, Lagos Centre.
Aside from having published many scholarly articles on democracy, gender, politics and development, Igbuzor has also participated in several campaigns against injustice, a role that earned him the recognition of the former Secretary General of United Nations, Mr Ban Ki Moon, when he appointed him a member of the Global Network of Men leaders to end violence against women.
The executive director of (Centre LSD) was a one time-international head of campaigns of Action Aid International and Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria. ActionAid International is an international organization working with people, communities, associates and partners in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe to eradicate poverty and injustice.
He was also an honourable Commissioner in the Police Service Commission (PSC) from 2008-2013, representing civil society. Prior to joining ActionAid, he was a programme co-ordinator of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an independent research, information and training institution dedicated to policy-oriented scholarship on questions of democratic development and peace building in the West African sub-region.
Igbuzor is a member of many professional associations including, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria (ISMN) and Nigerian Institute of Management. He is a fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria (ISMN). He is a former President of Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria (ISMN) and President of The Ejiro & Otive Igbuzor Foundation.
Dr Igbuzor is happily married with children