Joachim Ezeji named Watson Scholar 2009
Joachim Ibeziako Ezeji, has been appointed to work with Brown University professors and undergraduates under the auspices of the Watson International Scholars of the Environment Program, a mid-career training program.
Mr. Ezeji, a social enterpreneuer and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian NGO- Rural Africa Water Development Project (RAWDP) has already arrived Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island USA to assume the role. Other African scholars so honoured include; Kawsu Jammeh (Gambia), Cyrille Ngouana Kengne (Cameroon), Gaudensia Aomo Owino (Kenya), Hilary Kakamwesiga (Uganda), Mwangi Githiru (Kenya), Susan Keitumetse (Botswana), Oluseun Sunday Olubode (Nigeria), and Jane Nagayi Kalule Yawe (Uganda).
According to Brown Associate Professor of History Nancy Jacobs, the 2009 Watson scholar’s program’s comparative focus capitalizes on the broad range of expertise of these scholars and creates opportunities to forge a network with both African and American environmental leaders which will enable these Watson Scholars to apply strategies practiced elsewhere to their home countries.
‘’The global problems of climate change and resource scarcity have unique implications in a continent with Africa’s political, economic, and cultural history’’ Jacob said. Historical study can improve understanding of environmental problems and ways to address them. Ultimately, stepping back and adopting a historical perspective will help the Watson Scholars understand why some individuals in Africa have resisted environmental education and research. Program participants will in turn be better prepared to confront barriers to implementation of environmental programs, Jacob said, adding that ‘’history can help them understand everyone’s stake.
Mr. Ezeji, a member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Society Exploration Geophysicist (SEG), has a Master of Science degree in Water and Environmental Management from Loughborough University, UK and a Bachelors in Geology. He is currently doing a research in climate change adaptation in the water supply services and food security .