Board of Directors
Anthony B. Ebeigbe, Ph.D.
ebeigbe@geifon.org
Dr. Anthony Ebeigbe is a Professor of Physiology at the College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin City, Nigeria. He was recently a Richard A. Bernstein Distinguished Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, USA. He obtained the B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Physiology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Glasgow, UK. Dr Ebeigbe has held several key University positions, having served as Head of Department, Dean at the College of Medicine, Edo State University, Nigeria and Provost of the College of Health Sciences at UNIBEN.

He was recently the director of International Program at UNIBEN and has been a Visiting Professor to a number of institutions in Europe (Switzerland, France, Belgium, UK). A former Fulbright Scholar/visiting scientist at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, USA and Chairman of the Research Committee at UNIBEN, Dr. Ebeigbe brings considerable experience in Research Administration to the proposed project.

He also possesses special skill in Information & Communications Technology and will provide this skill in the maintenance of electronic channels of communication, for the project. Dr. Ebeigbe’s field of specialization is cardiovascular physiology/pharmacology, with particular interest in vascular smooth muscle/endothelium-dependent mechanisms.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and
Director, International Programs,
University of Maryland Eastern Shore,
USA

Joseph M. Okoh, Ph.D.
jmokoh@umes.edu
jmokoh@geifon.org
Dr. Okoh is Chairman and Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), USA. He received his baccalaureate degree in chemistry with honors from the University of Lagos in Nigeria and a doctorate degree in inorganic Chemistry from Howard University. Dr. Okoh has served as Director of the UMES MARC Program and was responsible for the development and teaching of various novel MARC courses.

An expert in acquiring funds, Dr. Okoh has received over $17,000,000 in external funding for research and program development since joining UMES. He also has expertise in energy research. In his current position as chairman, he has developed many new science research laboratories and served on over 20 PhD and MS committees.

He has also initiated effective liaisons and partnerships with various agencies and research-intensive institutions, including Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, University of Maryland Baltimore, US Department of Energy, the Center of Marine Biotechnology for the University System of Maryland, the US Army, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to name a few.

Cyril O. Usifoh, Ph.D.
Dr. Usifoh is Chairman and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Nigeria. Dr. Usifoh received his B.Pharm (Hons) degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, an M.Sc. degree in Organometallic Chemistry from Sussex University, England and the Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from Westfalischen Wilhelms-University, Munster, Germany.

He has wide experience in Analytical Methods, having held several postdoctoral positions and worked with reputable Scientists abroad: he was the recipient of the prestigious German award, DAAD Fellowship, on 3 different occasions resulting in his exposure to advanced research techniques in the laboratories of Professor Blaschke (University of Muenster) and Professor Scriba (University of Jena) in Germany. He was also the recipient of a National Science Council award for postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Prof. JW Chern, in Taiwan.

Dr. Usifoh has been an active member of University of Benin Research and Publications Committee and is at present, a member of various boards and committees at UNIBEN.

Elsie O Adewoye, Ph.D
elolade@yahoo.com
Dr. Elsie Adewoye is a Faculty at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Ibadan, .Nigeria. Dr. Adewoye is a former British Scholar at the School of Pharmacy, London and currently, a Fellow of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates ( ECFMG ), affiliated to Duke University School of Medicine, Durham North Carolina, USA.

Her field of study is pathophysiology with particular interest in Biomembranes. She has a keen interest in Medical Education, a project she is currently undertaking at Duke University. She also has considerable experience in cross-disciplinary education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Dr. Adewoye has held a number of academic and administrative positions at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, including: Hall Warden, member, Academic board, member, Faculty Board of the College of Medicine and member of the University Senate.

Nosa O. Egiebor, PhD, PEng
Dr. Nosa Egiebor is currently a Professor of Chemical Engineering & US Department of Energy-Samuel Massie Chair of Excellence in Environmental Engineering at Tuskegee University. Dr. Egiebor received his PhD degree in Chemical-Mineral Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada, an MSc degree in Chemical Metallurgy from the University of Manchester in England, and a BSc degree in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria. Dr Egiebor is a registered professional engineer, and has held numerous senior academic administrative positions in Canada and the United States over the past 20 years.

He has served on several congressionally mandated national technical committees, and has received numerous national and international awards, including a National Research Council (NRC) award and the Alexander von Humboldt Senior Fellowship award. Having researched and worked in several developed and developing countries, including Canada, USA, Germany, Australia, UK, Nigeria, Turkey and Ghana; Dr. Egiebor brings a tangible international academic and technical collaborative management experience to the organization. Dr. Egiebor is an Associate Editor for the international journal “Developments in Chemical Engineering & Mineral Processing”. Dr. Egiebor’s area of specialization is in industrial water treatment and solid waste management and engineering.

Joshua U. Otaigbe, PhD, FIMMM, CSci
Dr. Joshua Otaigbe joined The University of Southern Mississippi faculty in 2002 as the Professor of Polymer Science & Engineering after a successful career at Iowa State University where he was a tenured faculty member in both Depts. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Enginering, and Leader of Polymers and Composite Research Group. Before joining Iowa State, he worked as a Project Leader for Corning Incorporated in New York. Earlier, he held academic positions at the University of Alberta, Canada, and University of Benin in Nigeria. Dr. Otaigbe earned his B.S. degree in industrial chemistry in Nigeria and the Ph.D. degree in polymer science and engineering from the University of Manchester (UMIST), England.

In 2002, Dr. Otaigbe was elected a Fellow of the United Kingdom Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining for contributions of international significance to the polymer and composite materials field. This is the highest honor bestowed upon professional members of this international science and engineering institute. He is also a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and a member of the SPE Board of Directors. Dr. Otaigbe is the recipient of numerous national and international awards including the prestigious U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a visiting professorship at the Swiss Federal Institute of technology (ETH-Zurich) in Zurich, Switzerland. Dr. Otaigbe's research is in the areas of polymer engineering, rheology and materials science. His research blends chemical engineering with materials structure and property principles to understand and improve processing and properties of advanced materials.

Isoken Tito Aighewi PhD., M.P.H
Dr. Isoken Tito Aighewi is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Ann, MD, USA. He obtained his Diploma (Associate degree) in General Agriculture from the University of Ife Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IAR&T) in Akure, Nigeria, a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy and a Master of Science Degree in Plant and Soil Sciences from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, AL, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Soil Chemistry/Fertility from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN; a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health sciences from Columbia University in New York and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI) in Indianapolis, IN.

Dr. Aighewi has held numerous research and teaching positions in academia, including educational administration as Head of Department of Soil Science at the University of Benin in Benin City Nigeria. His current research interests are in the area of GIS Applications in Agriculture, Environmental Science, Health and Safety .

Adebayo Oyekan DVM, PhD
Dr Adebayo Oyekan is a Professor of Pharmacology at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences of the Texas Southern University. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine of the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston and Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. He is a faculty at the Graduate Program in Cardiovascular Sciences of the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He received his medical training at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a doctorate degree in Cardiovascular Pharmacology from King’s College, University of London, England.

He is currently the Director of a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Center for Cardiovascular Diseases at the Texas Southern University and is responsible for leading a research group that focuses on pathophysiology of such cardiovascular diseases as hypertension, renal failure, stroke, and diabetes. Dr Oyekan’s research activities attract a research funding that nets ca $900,000 annually and these funds come from the NIH, American Heart Association, and private organizations. He was a British Commonwealth Medical fellow. He was also a John Fogarty International Fellow of the NIH, a fellow of the American Heart Association, and a fellow of the High Blood Pressure Council Research. He was also a past recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Trust Fellowship that gave him the rare opportunity to work under the tutelage of Sir John Vane, the 1982 Nobel laureate in Physiology/Medicine.

Ayotunde S. Adeagbo, Ph.D.
Dr. Ayotunde Adeagbo is an Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the School of Medicine, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A. He obtained B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacology & Therapeutics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr. Adeagbo was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow (1976-80); a Canadian Heart Foundation Fellow (1980-82), and a Council for Tobacco Research Scholar (1995-98). He received the 1992 Young Investigator Award at the 2nd International Symposium on Endothelium-Derived Factors, Basel, Switzerland and a year 2002 award for meritorious presentation at the 4th International Society of Pathophysiology Congress in Budapest, Hungary.

Dr. Adeagbo currently serves as a member of the National Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Federation of Aging Research. He is a pharmacology/physiology teacher with over 20 years of experience, and serves as field reviewer for many professional journals, including British Journal of Pharmacology, Journal of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, American Journal of Physiology, Life Science and the Canadian Journal of Physiology & pharmacology. A former John F. Fogarty International Research Fellow, Dr. Adeagbo brings considerable experience in Biomedical Research and Medical Education to the proposed project. Dr. Adeagbo’s field of specialization is cardiovascular physiology and pharmacology, with focal interests in endothelium/vascular smooth muscle-dependent mechanisms in pathophysiology of hypertension and diabetes mellitus.

Paul D. Ocheje, LL.M. (Benin), LL.M., D.Jur (Osgoode), of the Bars of Nigeria and Ontario, Canada, (519) 253-3000 Ext. 2940
Professor of Law, University of Windsor, Canada
Dr. Paul Ocheje joined the University of Windsor faculty in 2000, after a successful teaching and research career at the University of Benin, Nigeria, where he was a tenured faculty, and the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Ocheje earned his LL.B. and LL.M degrees at the Ahmadu Bello University, and the University of Benin, respectively, in Nigeria.

He earned another LL.M. and a doctorate at the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Ocheje is a member of the Nigerian and Ontario Bars. He is also a member of the International Third World Legal Studies Association, and the Canadian Council on International Law. Dr. Ocheje’s research focuses on international law and development, an area in which he has published extensively. In 2003, he was appointed director of the Centre for Law in Aid of Development at the University of Windsor.

Patrick Nduyari Olomu, MD, FRCA (UK)
Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology,
Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics,
San Antonio, Texas, USA
(210) 692-1815
Dr. Patrick Olomu is a Consultant Pediatric Anesthesiologist at the Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, TX, USA. He obtained his Medical degree from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in 1985. He then proceeded with his anesthesiology training starting at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) Nigeria and later moving to Hannover, Germany, the United Kingdom and then to the United States. On completion of his anesthesiology residency in Chicago, Dr. Olomu completed a fellowship in Pediatric Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School-Children’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Olomu is recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiologists, Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists of the United Kingdom and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Olomu was a recipient of the Federal Government of Nigeria Merit Award for outstanding academic performance in the medical school and also received the German Academic Exchange Award in Anesthesiology. Dr. Olomu has lectured extensively in various aspects of pediatric anesthesia to physicians, dentists, nurses and paramedical staff. His special areas of interest are high-risk neonatal and pediatric anesthesia, advanced uses of supraglottic airway devices in children and applied medical physiology.

Ayodele J. Alade, Ph.D. (Member, Advisory Board)
Professor & Dean, School of Business,
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, USA
410-651 6532
Dr. Julius Alade is chairman of the Department of Business, Management and Accounting and Interim Dean of the School of Business and Technology, University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He earned a BS degree in Economics, Cum Laude from Cuttington University College, Liberia and Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Utah, with emphasis in Industrial Economics and support fields in International and Development Economics and Quantitative Methods.

Dr. Alade is an expert in industrial economics with major contributions in Industrial Development and Policy, Technological Development and Progress, Industrial Performance and Development Planning, and Multinational Corporate Investment, Financial Economics and Quantitative Methods and Production and Operations Research. Dr. Alade has been involved in a number of international assignments sponsored by USAID, among which are: Management Consortium as Training of Trainers for Managers and Entrepreneurs for six countries in South Africa Sub-Region; Supply Chain Management and Transaction Costs; Micro-enterprise Finance in Sub-Sahara Africa; Review of USAID Interventions on Capital Market; a co-executor and Policy Analyst and Business Advisory Consultant to Emerging Businesses in South Africa’s Wine Industry; and a member of the multi-disciplinary grant consortium ($12,500,000) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

I. K. Dabipi, Ph.D.
410-651 6489
Dr. I. K. Dabipi is currently a professor of Electrical Engineering and Chair of the Department of Engineering and Aviation Science University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Prior to coming to University of Maryland Eastern Shore, he was the Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Dabipi holds the Ph.D. degree, in Electrical Engineering, a Master of Science, in Electrical Engineering, from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Bachelor of Science, in Electrical Engineering, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Physics/Mathematics, from Texas A&I University, Kingsville, Texas. I. K. Dabipi has been in academia for over 26 years.

Dr. I. K. Dabipi is an expert in Computer Security and Network Management, Parallel Computing and Algorithms Development, Performance Evaluation of Computer Networks, Optimization of Transportation Networks and Economic Analysis of Transportation Facilities, energy, and aviation security. His employment experience includes Bell Communications and AT&T Bell Laboratories as member of technical staff during the summers of 1984 through 1987. He is a member of IEEE, SPIE, ACM and ASEE.

Patricia Idaewor, Ph.D (UK Co-ordinator)
Dr. Patricia Idaewor is a Research Fellow at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University College, London where she is involved in research activities in the transport sector. She received both the bachelors and masters (highways and transportation major) degrees in Civil Engineering from University of Benin, Nigeria and the doctorate degree in Transport Studies from University College, London. Dr. Idaewor holds a Registered Engineer License in Nigeria and is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

A Commonwealth Scholar at University College, London, Dr. Idaewor possesses considerable experience in the design, appraisal and contract management of Engineering and Development Projects, covering various aspects of Civil, Environmental and Transportation engineering design, analysis and evaluation; Project Management; Cost Estimation and Control as well as Planning, Execution and Coordination of projects. Her professional experience in Nigeria includes lectureship at University of Benin and participation in the development of Road and Transportation Networks in two major districts of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Prof John Nicholls, FRS, DSc, MD, PhD (Member, Advisory Board)
Department of Neurobiology,
SISSA, Via Beirut 2, Trieste 34014, Italy

Patrick Idoye, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication,
Tennessee State University, USA

Mr. Lee Foss (Member, Advisory Board)
Founder and CTO of AMP Ltd,
Cambridge, England.
AMP Ltd is a leading designer and supplier of rugged embedded computers for industrial, medical, aerospace and transportation applications. With design labs in Cambridge and partner company in the USA, AMP Ltd has been providing embedded video technology to companies in Europe and USA including BAe, ITT, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Honeywell, etc for over 10 years.

Williams Emeka Obiozor, M.Ed (Hons.)
Obiozor is the executive secretary of GEIFON-USA. He holds a masters’ degree in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-USA; and a masters’ degree in Adult Education from the University of Nigeria. He is the executive director of the US-based African American Center for Literacy and Special Education – a non-profit organization that promotes literacy and special education efforts between African and American institutions. Obiozor is also an adjunct professor of Education at Sojourner Douglass College, Cambridge Campus, Maryland-USA, as well as serve as a Special Education Resource consultant with Dorchester County Board of Education in Cambridge, Maryland.

He worked for several years in the media and community development sectors in Nigeria and Republic of The Gambia. His general interest writings explores multicultural learning, cultural diversity of peoples from developed and developing societies; while his family-focused public speeches to diverse audiences around the world highlight family-living and multicultural education, relationships and youth development. Obiozor is the author of two published books White for Black (Wasteland Press 2004) and Waves of Passion (Wasteland Press 2004).
Websites: www.aclase.us and www.funtales.com

Leonard E. Egede MD, MS.
843-792-2969
Dr. Egede is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston, SC, USA. He is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is the Director of the MUSC Center for Health Disparities Research and the Director of the Charleston VA TREP – Understanding Health Disparities in Chronic Diseases. Dr. Egede is a physician investigator. He has a master’s degree in clinical research and a fellowship in health services research. Dr. Egede has participated and led research projects designed to understand racial/ethnic variations in health care. His expertise is in the interplay among psychosocial factors, race/ethnicity, and health outcomes for chronic diseases.

He has authored over 40 original peer reviewed publications related to psychosocial influences on health and racial/ethnic differences in health outcomes in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including the Archives of Internal Medicine, Diabetes Care, American Journal of Medicine, and American Journal of Public Health. He is a standing member of the NIH scientific review study section – the Psychosocial Risk and Disease Prevention study section. In addition, he serves as a reviewer for the VA HSR&D SMRB and regularly serves as an ad hoc reviewer for NIMH special emphasis panels in the areas of mental health service delivery and ethnic disparities. He currently serves as a Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine and is on the editorial board of Current Diabetes Reviews.