Regional Cluster Leader, Governance and Peacebuilding.
UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa, Addis Ababa
Ozonnia Ojielo is the regional cluster leader of the Governance and Peacebuilding group in UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programmes Support.
Previously, he was the Director for Conflict Prevention and Recovery in UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) in New York. He provides practice leadership for UNDP on conflict prevention and recovery issues, and supervises BCPR’s programmes in more than 60 countries.
Prior to that, he was the Senior Peace and Development Adviser to the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Kenya and Chief of the Peacebuilding Programme of UNDP Kenya. In that position, he provided strategic advice and leadership to the UN Country Team in support of the peace and reconciliation agenda in Kenya as well as on governance issues.
Before being posted in Kenya, Mr. Ojielo was the Senior Governance Adviser to the UN Resident Coordinator, and Head of the Governance Programme at UNDP Ghana, during which he coordinated UN Country Team programmes on governance reform, conflict prevention, peace building and reconciliation in the country. His work in Ghana in designing and implementing a national infrastructure for peace contributed significantly to shaping UNDP’s global approach and framework on the development of national infrastructures for peace.
Prior to that, he was Chief of Operations, and subsequently Officer-in-Charge at the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission, during which he supervised the statement taking, research, investigations and reporting work of the Commission.
Mr. Ojielo was a human rights lawyer in Nigeria (1990-2002), a university academic (University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus and at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria, 1992-2001) and President of the research and advocacy organization, Centre for Peace in Africa Lagos, Nigeria (1993-2002). He was a Technical Adviser on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to the Malawi Human Rights Commission (1999-2001), and adviser on ADR to the maritime industry in Nigeria.
He is a former President and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators of Nigeria (2000- 2005). He is also a Fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice, Nigeria; Fellow of the 21st Century Trust, London and Fellow of the Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution/European Peace University, Stadschlaining, Austria. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of Nigeria.
Mr. Ojielo, a Nigerian national, authored two books and contributed to articles in several international journals and book projects. He was the editor of Amani Papers the in-house journal of UNDP Kenya, which published reflective articles on peace building and conflict prevention. He has first and advanced degrees in History and Law, a Strategic and Project Management MBA from the Paris Graduate School of Management and a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria).