AWSE Webinar Series – September 2020 Edition
This month, we focus on Career Resilience and Resourcefulness. All of us have had a front-row seat in the uncertainty and crisis of our current time. Is it possible to have a vision to grow your career in a volatile environment? What about the resources available for you to experience growth? Our speaker Dr. Akanimo Odon, will enlighten us on how to understand problems as raw materials for innovation, develop international partnerships, source for and win international funding and develop the skills and knowledge required for a sustainable and successful career especially in a new era.
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Dr Akanimo Odon holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Rehabilitation, a PhD in Environmental Management from Lancaster University, UK and business and enterprise certifications and fellowships from Cambridge University UK, Stanford University USA and MIT USA. He specializes in cross-border education and innovations in research and is an expert in navigating, developing and managing relationships between academia, government and industry in Africa for economic viability, research impact and student employability. He has been Africa Strategy Adviser for Lancaster University; Aberystwyth University, University of Strathclyde; University of East Anglia; and currently he is the African Regional Adviser for the University of London, a role he has performed in for the last two years. He recently founded Flexy-Learn (www.flexylearn.com), a one-stop online shop for distance learning provision for Africa. He is also the creator of the UK Certified Careers Enhancement Programme Online, one of the most comprehensive career programmes in Africa. In the last ten years, Odon has organized and facilitated over 50 Africa-focused international workshops and conferences; liaised and collaborated with government, industries and academia in over 30 African countries; developed over 100 strategic educational, research and commercial partnerships between UK and African organizations; facilitated and supported the setting up of over 30 African-focused SMEs; designed and implemented over 40 strategic capacity building and knowledge transfer schemes and programmes; delivered innovative research impact and management training to over a thousand African researchers and mentored over 1000 young African researchers and entrepreneurs under XN Foundation (www.xnfoundation.org) an NGO he founded ten years ago. He is an author of two literary books (a novel and an anthology of poetry) and a practical career transformation book titled ‘The Graduate Code’. He is a poet and a multi-award winning film producer for his recent feature-length movie DRY and sits on the governing board of one of the most reputable arts and theatre organization in England, The Dukes Theatre UK.