Areas of Expertise: Political Science, Elections, Environment and Conflict
Okechukwu Ibeanu is a Professor of Political Science.
He was previously programme officer of the MacArthur Foundation overseeing its human rights and Niger Delta programmes. He was also special rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the adverse effects of illicit movement and dumping of toxic waste on human rights. He was appointed Chief Technical Adviser to the INEC Chair in 2010 and subsequently became a National Electoral Commissioner in 2016.
He is a former Fellow of the United Nations University, Tokyo, and the Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington D.C. He was also Dean, Faculty of the Social Sciences at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Director of Institute for Development Studies and Dean of Postgraduate Studies at the University. He has published extensively on the Niger Delta and Nigerian politics in general.
He holds a postgraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Nigeria where he also obtained his PhD.