Forum 2021 Facilitators

Chairman: His Excellency, Ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR

His Excellency, Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR served meritoriously as President of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015 and was the first incumbent President in Nigeria’s history to concede defeat in an election. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010 under the administration of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007.

Ex-President Jonathan has distinguished himself and etched himself in gold as a global leader, an international statesman and mediator since leaving office. In October 2019, the United Nations (UN) appointed him as its Special Envoy on Crisis Management and in 2020 appointed as Special Envoy of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lead mediation talks during the 2020 Malian protests. In 2021, the former President was appointed as the Chancellor of Cavendish University (CUU), Uganda. He is an Honorary Special Adviser to the Bayelsa State Education Trust Fund Board and Chairperson of the International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP).

Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is the founder and CEO of the GEJ Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting civic awareness, political participation, transition and reformation across Africa. The Foundation supports youth and women enterprises with capability development programmes.

Special Guest of Honour: His Excellency, Chief Mike Ayegbeni Oghiadomhe CFR

His Excellency, Chief Mike Ayegbeni Oghiadomhe is a soil scientist, a diligent businessman and an astute politician. He climbed to national limelight when he served as Deputy Governor in Edo State and Chief of Staff to former President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR.

Chief Oghiadomhe was conferred with the National Honours of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) and Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) in 2008 and August 2010, respectively. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM) and member of the Board of Fellows of the Institute, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Administrators of Nigeria and Justice of Peace (JP).

Chief Mike Oghiadomhe is a three star Paul Harris Fellow and also a Melvin Jones Fellow. He is decorated with over 30 traditional titles spread across the entire spectrum of the country. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Chairman, Board of Trustees of Fugar Progressive Union.

Guest Speaker: Prof. Omokhoa Adeleye

Prof Omokhoa Adeleye is a Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine. He is a senior lecturer in the Department of Community Health, School of Medicine, University of Benin, Benin City and a consultant Public Health and Community Physician at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where he also heads the Research and Ethics portfolio.

His higher educational qualifications include: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, University of Benin (1990); Master of Health Planning and Management, University of Benin (2000); Master of Public Health, University of Benin (2004); and Master of Science in Bioethics, University of Ibadan (2010). He is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians (2002); Fellow, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (2009); Member, National Institute of Training and Development (2010); and Fellow of the Institute of Health Insurance and Managed Care of Nigeria (2018).

Prof Adeleye won a scholarship award that supported his study and research in bioethics in 2007. It was provided by the United States’ National Institute of Health and funded by the Fogarty International Centre and the National Human Genome Research Institute, USA.

His lecturing and research experiences are mostly in reproductive and family health, statistics, research methods, health management, ethics and epidemiology. He has numerous publications in local and international journals and has a vast experience as consultant in public health projects with local and international development organizations.

Prof Adeleye has been a volunteer consultant with LAPO for many years, within which period he served as a Board Member and a Sabbatical Consultant. He has contributed to LAPO’s development programmes in health, social empowerment, agriculture, organizational mentoring, business development, human resource capacity building and strategic planning, amongst others.