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Personal Statement

I was born in London and grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne and Lagos (Nigeria).

I hold a PhD (in Project Management) from Northumbria University. I hold a second PhD (in Business) from the University of Hull. I subsequently obtained a third PhD (in Law) from Aberystwyth University. I am a Barrister, having been called to the Bar of England & Wales (Honourable Society of the Middle Temple).

I have considerable prior academic experience here in the United Kingdom (Senior Lecturer/Lecturer, Northumbria University and University of Southampton), South Africa (Associate Professor/Professor, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Johannesburg), and the United Arab Emirates (Professor, British University in Dubai and the University of Sharjah). I have served as Visiting Professor at the Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull since June 2014.

I am currently an Associate editor of Production Planning & Control. In the past, I have served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Project Management. I also previously served (from 2013 to 2014) as the Associate Editor for Acta Commercii. My editorial service also includes co-editorship of the 50th anniversary publication of the Project Management Journal.

I have a longstanding passion for understanding how project-oriented and project-centric organisations can realise successful outcomes in their endeavours. Organised by themes, the majority of my research touches on (i) Implementation of projects, (ii) Project failure mitigation, (iii) Project-Operations interfaces, and (iv) Dispute resolution in projects.

I have supervised several PhDs to successful completion (in the United Kingdom, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Brazil). I have also served as external examiner for several doctoral examinations (PhD, DBA and DTech) here in the United Kingdom and in France, South Africa, India, and the United Arab Emirates. I welcome enquiries for PhD supervision in any broad area of project management and/or engineering management (including its intersection with law).

Academic / Professional qualifications

Professionmal qualifications

2022 (called 28/07/22) Degree of Utter Barrister (Bar of England & Wales), Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

2022 (awarded 09/06/22) Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies (The Bar Course), City, University of London.

2019 (awarded 31/01/19) Practical Legal Training (Candidate Attorney), Law Society of South Africa.

2007 (awarded 03/12/07) Postgraduate Certificate in Academic & Professional Learning, Northumbria University, Newcastle.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Law, Aberystwyth University

Award Date: 23 Jan 2023

Master of Laws, Law, Aberystwyth University

Award Date: 23 Sept 2019

Bachelor of Laws, Laws, University of London

Award Date: 1 Aug 2017

Doctor of Philosophy, Business, University of Hull

Award Date: 19 May 2015

Doctor of Philosophy, Project Management, Northumbria University

Award Date: 3 Feb 2005

Master of Science, Construction Management, London South Bank University

Award Date: 22 Oct 1997

Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering, University of Nigeria

Award Date: 9 Apr 1994

External positions

Academic Insight Team, Project Management Institute

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