Patrons and Ambassadors

Prof. Paulina Makinwa-Adebusoye (Dsc, NNOM, IUSSP Laureate, Former Director, UNECA)

Prof. Paulina Makinwa-Adebusoye, an independent consultant, was made a Fellow of the Social Science Academy of Nigeria in 2001, and an IUSSP Laureate in 1999 for an ‘Outstanding Contribution to African Demography’. She was President of the Social Science Council of Nigeria (1986-1987) and President of the Population Association of Nigeria (1987-1995).

She was awarded the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) in 2003 for academic excellence and conferred with the national honour, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in 2008. Prof. Makinwa-Adebusoye was Director of the Food Security and Sustainable Development Division of the UN Economic Commission for Africa from 1997 to 2002 before taking up the post of Country director of the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) in Lagos, Nigeria. She has been Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) on Population and Development and expert on gender to the Department of Population Activities in the Nigerian Ministry of Health. She was Head of the Population Research Unit of the Nigerian Institute of social and Economic Research (NISER), and Professor of Geography at the University of Benin. Makinwa-Adebusoye has been consultant to UNFPA, UNICEF, the World Bank, WHO and IOM. .

She is a member of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, Vienna, Austria and a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee for International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, New York, USA.