Dr Joan Osa Oviawe
Executive Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board, Nigeria
In addition to her role as Executive Chairman at the Edo State Universal Basic Education Board, she is also Special Adviser on Basic Education to the Governor of Edo State. Dr Oviawe's is also the Founder of the Africa Special Interest Group (ASIG) of the Comparative and International Education Society. She has conducted online training on violence prevention for the US Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women in conjunction with Green Dot for Universities across the United States. She is also a member of the Education Special Interest Group of the 100 Year Starship, a global initiative of former astronaut Dr Mae Jemison, to promote science and technology and to ensure the capabilities for human travel beyond our solar system exist within the next 100 years. She has a PhD Degree in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education, an MSc Degree in International and Intercultural Education, and a Bachelors in Public Policy and Administration with specialized honors. Joan is the recipient of several awards including: Woman of the Year Award, Martin Luther King Distinguished Service Award, and Excellence in Civic Engagement Award. Joan served as Visiting Fellow at the Institute for African Development at Cornell University and a Faculty Fellow at the Telluride House, Cornell University. She was previously a Visiting Scholar at Cornell’s Africana Studies and Research Centre.