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Emem Omokaro

National Senior Citizens Center of Nigeria
Director-General
Dr. Emem Omokaro is the pioneer Director General of the National Senior Citizens Centre of Nigeria. She holds a Ph.D. in Development Sociology and Post-Doctoral Cert. in Social Gerontology University of Calabar, Nigeria and, International Institute on Ageing (INIA) – UN Malta respectively. Executive Director, Dave Omokaro Foundation (DOF), an organization in Special Consultative Status with ECOSOC, United Nations. She is an international tutor and a global training partner of INIA-United Nations Malta, She Co-chairs the Council of INIA Satellite Centre for sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Omokaro leads national, continental and global advocacy for older persons’ rights and ageing mainstreaming in development agendas and, drives the professional training of policy and decision makers in government and private institutions, and of persons leading services delivery to older persons in all aspects of ageing, specifically in Nigeria and countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Omokaro has served variously, as a Visiting and also as LEADS Scholar at the National Universities Commission, as focal person for development of Benchmark Statements and Minimum Academic Standards in PD.G, MSc, and Ph.D. studies in Gerontology and enhancement of capacities of academic staff in eleven (11) Nigerian Universities to obtain the Specialist in Ageing Certificate, in collaboration with University of North Texas, Denton, USA.

Emem is Promoter and Executive Secretary, Dave Omokaro Africa Institute on Ageing and Development (DOFRIAD). Her intense national, regional and global advocacy, stakeholder engagements and capacity development efforts are indicated in her appointments by the Federal Government to National Technical Working Groups and Ministerial Committees on National policy reviews and revisions and, on development of Multi- Strategic Frameworks on ageing inclusion. Appointed by African Union Commission in 2019, she is member of the African Expert Group on the review and revision of the African Union Policy Framework and Plan of Action on Ageing (2002)

She is Co-chair, Stakeholder Group on Ageing Africa (SGA- Africa), a continental coalition of CSOs and multi-sector organizations, research institutions and, professional bodies in ageing, representing the constituency of older persons at the UN ECA African Regional Forum on implementation of Agendas 2030 and AU 2063; she also served from 2015-2018 as the Deputy chair, Global Alliance for Rights of older persons (GAROP) and currently President Gerontology Association of Nigeria. Emem is editor, INIA journal of Ageing in Developing Countries and Guest editor, special edition on Ageing in Africa. She has published many academic articles and is recognized as an expert in ageing on global conference circuits.