Career and International Business Expert
Dr Akanimo Odon holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Rehabilitation, a PhD in Environmental Management from Lancaster University, UK and business and enterprise certifications and fellowships from Cambridge University UK, Stanford University USA and MIT USA under the Roundtable for Entrepreneurship Education (REE) and The Enterprisers Programmes. He specializes in cross-border education and innovations in research and is an expert in navigating, developing and managing relationships between academia, government and industry in Africa for economic viability, research impact and student employability. He has been Africa Strategy Adviser for Lancaster University; Aberystwyth University, University of Strathclyde; University of East Anglia; and currently he is the African Regional Adviser for the University of London, a role he has performed in for the last two years. He recently founded Flexy-Learn International a one-stop online shop for distance learning provision for Africa. He is also the creator of the UK Certified Careers Enhancement Programme Online, one of the most comprehensive career programmes in Africa.
In the UK, he has been an Adviser to the British Government on developing international education policies under the National Student Forum; Education Consultant for British Council; Business Development Consultant for the Grow Creative Scheme under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); Local Content Consultant to City and Guilds UK; and Local Content Adviser to BG Group. In Africa, he has been Strategy Consultant for the National Centre for Energy and Environment under the Energy Commission of the Presidency, Nigeria; Technical Adviser for Lagos State Ministry of Environment; Non-Resident Research Fellow of the African Centre for Technological Studies, Kenya; Adviser for Africa Centre for Energy Policy in Ghana; Consultant for Trust Africa Senegal, reviewing capacity building policies in Nigeria, Mali, Bostwana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gabon and Egypt; Adviser to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Tanzania; Local Content Consultant to the African Development Bank; and also consulted for the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas on capacity building.
He has been Adviser to the National Economic Empowerment Council Tanzania under the Prime Minister’s Office; the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT); and a visiting professor to Strathmore University Kenya. He has delivered training to over 50 African Universities especially on internationalization of education and research strategies and bridging gaps between academia and industry. He is also an expert in resource mobilization and international research funding and have won in excess of 40 million pounds in the last two years for over 20 African research partners. He is also currently the Africa Adviser on the 7 million pounds UK Government Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Lancaster University RECIRCULATE project which focuses on capacity building for a circular water economy in six African countries – Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana. He was Africa Adviser on the 20 million pounds UK Government GCRF Strathclyde University One Oceans Management project and now sits as a member of the Board of Directors of the largest and most reputable Think-Tank organization in Africa, the Africa Technology Policy Studies Network, ATPS, headquartered in Nairobi Kenya.
In the last ten years, Odon has organized and facilitated over 50 Africa-focused international workshops and conferences; liaised and collaborated with government, industries and academia in over 30 African countries; developed over 100 strategic educational, research and commercial partnerships between UK and African organizations; facilitated and supported the setting up of over 30 African-focused SMEs; designed and implemented over 40 strategic capacity building and knowledge transfer schemes and programmes; delivered innovative research impact and management training to over a thousand African researchers and mentored over 1000 young African researchers and entrepreneurs under XN Foundation a UK NGO he founded ten years ago. He is an author of two literary books (a novel and an anthology of poetry) and a practical career transformation book titled ‘The Graduate Code’. He is a poet and a multi-award winning film producer for his recent feature-length movie DRY and sits on the governing board of one of the most reputable arts and theatre organization in England, The Dukes Theatre UK.