Jake Okechukwu Effoduh has a demonstrated history in human rights advocacy across domestic and international systems. Effoduh has worked within the justice sector in Nigeria, the West African ECOWAS human rights system, the African Human Rights Commission, and the UN Human Rights Council.
Effoduh anchored two nation-wide radio programmes in Nigeria for 12 years, which aired on 150 stations with over 35 million listeners tuning in weekly. This earned him several international awards including winning the Future Awards Africa for Community Action, and the prestigious African Broadcaster of the year Award in 2016. He has gained programmatic, research and academic experiences from working across 21 African countries and serves on the board of several NGOs including being a governing board member of a West African human rights fund operating in 12 West African countries.
Effoduh is a Climate Reality Leader and Climate Mentor trained by Former US Vice President, Al Gore. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Frontier Risks. He is a Global Shaper (alum) from the Abuja Hub in Nigeria and serves on the Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee of the Global Shapers Community.
Effoduh has held Fellowships at the Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School, Mandela School of Governance (South Africa), and the Pan-African Lawyers Union (Tanzania). He served as an International Law Scholar with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (Canada,) a Distinguished Hubert Humphrey Alum (U.S. Department of State, 2016), and a Distinguished Dutch Visitors Alum (Netherlands, 2016). He has delivered lectures on human rights at the University of Abuja in Nigeria, Ontario Tech University in Canada, University of Oxford in the UK, and York University. He holds 2 master’s degrees in law from the University of Oxford and the Osgoode Hall Law School respectively.