Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi

Adebayo Olukoshi is a Distinguished Professor at the Wits School of Governance, University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. In 2021, Professor Olukoshi was appointed to the board of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation. He holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Leeds. He has more than 35 years of experience in areas of international relations, governance, and human rights, both in the academic sector and intergovernmental institutions. Professor Olukoshi was a member of the African Union Assessment Panel and Chair of the Board of several think tanks, including the European Centre for Development Policy Management and the West African Civil Society Institute. He also previously served as the Director, Regional Office for Africa and West Asia of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (Sweden); Director of the UN African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP); Executive Director of the Africa Governance Institute; Executive Secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA); Director of Research at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs; Senior Research Fellow/Research Programme; Coordinator of the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala; and Senior Programme Staff at the South Centre in Geneva. He has published extensively on the politics of economic relations, governance, and development, as well as on African higher education and development. Prof. Olukoshi’s report ‘The Elusive Prince of Denmark: Structural Adjustment and the Crisis of Governance in Africa’ (NAI Research Report n° 104) is among his most impactful publications.