Aginam, Obijiofor

Visiting Research Fellow
Biographical Statement 

Dr. Obijiofor Aginam is joining UNU-CRIS as Visiting Research Fellow on 1 December 2020. In this capacity, he is among others interested in delivering a chapter on ‘regional health governance, prepare research or capacity building proposal in the area of ‘African perspectives on global health diplomacy’ and organise a webinar targeting an African audience.

Obijiofor Aginam has recently completed his tenure as Deputy Director & Head of Governance for Global Health at the United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health in Kuala Lumpur where he is now a Principal Visiting Fellow. He is an Adjunct Research Professor of Law & Legal Studies at Carleton University, Canada and Visiting Professor at The Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo. He was Senior Research Fellow at the United Nations University headquarters, Tokyo (2007-2013); tenured Professor of Law at Carleton University, (2001-2007), and Global Health Officer at the WHO headquarters in Geneva (1999-2001). He has been a fellow of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) of New York on “Global Security and Cooperation”, 21st Century Trust on “Disease and Security”, and WHO on “Global Health Leadership”. Dr. Aginam served on the expert advisory panels of FAO on food safety, trade and investment involving field missions to Bangladesh and Laos, and the United Nations Inter-agency Taskforce on Non-communicable Diseases (2014-2019). He has been a visiting professor at the University for Peace, Costa Rica, and universities in Italy, South Africa, and Japan. He serves on the editorial board of Global Health Governance: The Scholarly Journal for the New Health Security Paradigm. Dr Aginam holds a PhD from University of British Columbia. He is the author of Global Health Governance: International Law and Public Health in a Divided World.