Professor Joy Ogwu (OFR) has spent a greater part of her seventy-three years in a disarming, quiet, unobtrusive service to her country, teaching, mentoring young scholars, conducting research in International Relations and representing Nigeria at the highest levels.
Ambassador Uche Joy Ogwu is an exceptional scholar, author, administrator and diplomat who has left an indelible mark on the institutions and processes of global security, conflict resolution and peace keeping. A distinguished Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Prof. Ogwu has served Nigeria with distinction in many capacities, including as the first female Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations (UN) (2008 – 2016), the second female Minister of Foreign Affairs (2006-2007), first female Director-General, Nigeria’s Foreign Policy Think-Tank – The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) (2001-2006).
At the UN, she served as a member UN Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (2002), First African Chair of the Board from (2006 – 2007, First President of the First Executive Board of UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Member Board of Trustees UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) (2010 – 2015), Four-time President UN Security Council (2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015). In 2011, she was elected the First African President of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons, for the first time, an outcome Document and Declaration formed the basis of an International Consensus.
In recognition of her meritorious services to the nation and humanity, Prof. Ogwu was conferred with an award of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2004, “Spirit of the United Nations Award”, “UN Ambassador’s Biblical Values Award” by the American National Bible Association, and recently, the Emeka Anyaoku Life-time Achievement Award, 2018. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, the Board of BAZE UNIVERSITY, the Board of Conversations For Change and the Board of Trustees of the Pan African Institute for Global Affairs and Strategy (PAIGAS), ABUJA.