Dr. Apollos Nwafor
Vice President, Policy and State Capability
Dr. Apollos is a Nigerian citizen who holds a PHD in Public Policy and Administration (Law and Policy) from Walden University-USA, a Masters in Public Policy and Management from (SOAS) University of London-UK and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Ed) Political Science from the University of Nigeria.
He has extensive experience across Africa ensuring the development and implementation of Pan-African strategies including leading and managing programmes covering education, extractives, public health, agriculture, water and sanitation, electoral reforms, public finance reforms, capacity strengthening for governments and civil society as well as managing multi-country grants, providing strategic policy support and advice to governments and civil society.
With an in depth understanding and passion for agriculture and agricultural development, he has worked with the African Union, implementing agricultural programmes with small holder farmers and sustainable development. Apollos has a firm grasp of the necessity of building relationships at strategic and political levels, forming partnerships with key senior government leaders, commissioners for rural agriculture and technical experts. Additionally, he served as WaterAid’s liaison and Adviser to the President of Liberia as Africa’s Goodwill Ambassador for WASH in Africa.
Dr. Apollos worked with Oxfam International as its Pan Africa Director where he led the development of the first Oxfam International Pan Africa Strategy, served as the representative to the African Union and other multilateral institutions in Africa as well as led Oxfam’s diplomatic engagement at the continental level. As a highly skilled and passionate international development professional. Apollos believes that development must be inclusive and requires strategic partnerships on the basis of equality and mutual accountability that delivers sustainable results.