Akpezi Ogbuigwe former Head of Environmental Education and Training, UNEP and former Coordinator, Ecosystem Management Programme, UNEP is also the founder of Anpez Centre for Environment and Development. Between 2010 and 2012, she was a Guest Professor of the prestigious Tongji University, Shanghai, China. In May 31, 2011 she gave a TEDXFGCU talk on Africa: An Alternate Narrative. She currently serves as a Juror in the UNESCO-Japan Prize on ESD; Adviser for the African Region, UNU Regional Centres for Expertise; and Council Member Earth Charter International.
She has over thirty years of professional experience as a Law teacher and is an avid researcher in transformational change in higher education in Africa, environmental law and policy, and sustainable development; she is a facilitator of university partnerships and is involved in civil society engagement. She is a recipient of awards and honours such as the Environmental Creation Awareness Award by the Environment Outreach Magazine (2010); The Outstanding Young Persons of Nigeria Award in recognition of contribution to Moral and Environmental Leadership by the Nigeria Junior Chamber on the occasion of their40th Anniversary Convention (1997). Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecturer, The Centre for Environmental & Sustainability Education of Florida Gulf Coast University, USA. 2011
She has contributed to knowledge in the field of environmental law and education for sustainable development through several published articles in international journals and book chapters such as A.Ogbuigwe, 2017, ‘Lessons from the UNEP Ogoniland Environmental Assessment for New Oil & Gas Frontiers in Africa’, Rivers State University Oil & Gas Journal, 2017; A.Ogbuigwe, ‘Climate Change Education in Africa’, Southern African Journal of Environmental Education,2009; A.Ogbuigwe, Empowering Students for Environmental Action: The Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities Partnership Programme, Chapter in Young people , Education, and Sustainable Development: Exploring principles, perspectives and Praxis, Netherlands, Wagenengen Academic Publishers; Ed by Corcoran and Osano.