Fellowship Year: 2016
Nationality: Nigeria
Job Title: Director of Research and Policy
Organisation: Spaces for Change


Job Title: Director of Research and Policy

Organisation: Spaces for Change

Professional History: Victoria is the founder and director of research and policy at Spaces for Change [S4C], a non-profit organization based in Nigeria that conducts cutting-edge research and advocacy focusing on strategic sectors such as urban governance, gender inclusion, energy policy, and defending the civic space. In her 15 years of legal career and involvement in social and economic rights research and advocacy, she has traversed four continents: Africa, Europe, North America, and South America, leading research investigations, documenting and exposing human rights violations, formulating and analyzing social and economic policy at national, regional and international levels.

Victoria has spent the past eight years at S4C conducting rigorous research studies and policy analysis, empowering under-served communities, advising private and public institutions, speaking at high-level national and international convenings, and facilitating multi-stakeholder policy dialogues on critical social and economic justice issues. As the organization’s director of research and policy, she has led and participated in major international studies commissioned by UN-HABITAT, COHRE, MSI Integrity, Ford Foundation, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Institute for Development Studies, Fund for Global Human Rights, Energia, Women Learning Partnership, University College London’s (UCL’s) Bartlett Department of Planning Unit, Conectas, among others. She writes for numerous national dailies and also sits on the board of a number of national and international non-governmental organizations, such as Publish What You Pay International, Journalists Initiative for Sustainable Environment, Good Women Association, Legal Resource Center, etc.

Victoria is a leading member of several international networks such as Experts Hub on Anti-money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), Solidarity Action Network (SANE), Vuka! Coalition, Publish What You Pay, Security Policy Alternatives Network, Global CSO Coalition on Counter-Terrorism Advocacy, Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and so many others.

Academic and professional credentials: Bachelor of Laws, University of Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State
Post-graduate Diploma: Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
LLM: Harvard Law School (Harvard University)



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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.