Profile of Prof. Oladele Akogun
Prof. Oladele Akogun has spent over 25 years on health system research, focusing on access to and utilization of intervention services. He holds a PhD in Public Health and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and plays many roles - epidemiologist, entomologist, and researcher. Dr. Akogun is a trained guidance and career counselor, a certified mediator, and holds a diploma in common law. Since joining the staff of the Federal University of Technology in Yola, Nigeria in 1986, Dr. Akogun has mentored numerous graduate and postdoctoral researchers from around the world. He founded the University's Research and Development unit, and today serves as a Professor of Public Health Parasitology. He has worked with policy implementers at all levels in Northeastern Nigeria since 1986. He led the WHO team that mapped health facility locations. He was lead consultant for the child and maternal health landscape analysis in Taraba State and maternal survival initiatives in Zamfara. Dr. Akogun is also the Director of Common Heritage Foundation, which specializes in mentoring interns. Pan-American Health Organization honored him with the 2009 "Outstanding Contribution to South-South Cooperation Award" for spearheading research on access to interventions in Africa.