Denise Adaoyibo Okpala
Denise currently works with the Environment Directorate of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Commission), where she and her colleagues are drafting the West African Regulations on Hazardous Waste Management.
Denise is also actively involved in both the Monitoring of Environmental Security in Africa (MESA) project -- reporting on coastal zone management and Geographic Information Systems -- and the West African Biodiversity and Climate Change Project.
With over seven years of work experience in environmental protection, Denise has developed a keen interest in sustainable development in developing economies, particularly in this era of terrorism and widespread corruption in Africa.
Denise holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria. She also completed a professional post-graduate course in climate change at the University of Oxford and earned her Master of Science Degree in Environmental Planning and Management at The Johns Hopkins University.
During her master’s degree, Denise carried out independent research on and wrote, "The Sustainable Management of Hazardous Waste in the West African Sub-region," for which she received distinction. She is a Full Member of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (London).
Denise -- whose first tongue is Igbo, a Nigerian language -- speaks fluent English and intermediate level French. In her free time, she sews, studies scientific journals, and visits Jabi Lake with family and friends.