Victoria Ibezim Ohaeri
Occupational Position: Founder & CEO Spaces for Change/ S4C
Victoria Ohaeri, an SXSW 2013 honoree, and Harvard University alumni, is the founder and executive director of Spaces for Change – a non-profit that leverages on digital technology to crowdsource policy research data, facilitate public dialogues and mobilize the participation of the often-unheard segments of the population – youth, women and local communities –in the development of social and economic policies in Nigeria. With over 10 years research work and advocacy experience in Africa, Europe, North and South America, she is the currently the country team lead in the ongoing international energy sector research program focusing on Nigeria, Bangladesh and India.
The 4-year multidisciplinary research seeks to investigate the stark gender inequalities in access to energy resources and build the evidence-base for developing policy reforms that can overcome these disparities in Nigeria. Victoria also leads S4C’s frontline advocacy and litigation campaign to address the recurrent threats of urban violence and forced displacement in Lagos slum communities. She writes weekly columns in three Nigerian national dailies, with her public commentary focusing mainly on energy, environment, extractive industry, urban governance, gender and human rights.
Victoria has a post-graduate diploma in social and economic rights from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and a Master’s Degree from Harvard Law School, (Harvard University), USA.
2016 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow