Prof. (Mrs) Gloria Nwakaegho Elemo, the immediate past C.E.O/DG of Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) will deliver the 19th Inaugural lecture at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo titled “LET THERE BE BREAD: THE STRUGGLE IN ACHIEVING FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY IN NIGERIA” on Tuesday 15th September 2020.
Prof. Gloria Elemo assumed office as the seventh Chief Executive of FIIRO and the very first female Director General/CEO of the organisation in May 2011. She was DG/CEO of FIIRO from May 2011 to May 2019.
Born in Lagos in 1957, Prof. Elemo is a distinguished Scientist, Academician, Researcher, Administrator and Economist. Her academic pursuits began in 1963 at St. Matthias Catholic School in Lagos. She obtained her first degree in Biochemistry from the University of Benin in 1979. In 1981 she graduated with a M.Sc. in Human Nutrition from the University of Ibadan. She later obtained her Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from the University of Ibadan.
With over seventy (70) local and international publications and one hundred and fifteen (115) conference and seminar papers, Prof. Elemo has over the years displayed considerable contribution to R&D in the areas of Human Nutrition, Food Processing, Food Product Development and Food Value Evaluation. She is an apostle of the commercialization of the various research findings in Nigeria. She has worked in the development of products like the: Development and production of packaged fish feeds; Feeds for growing grass cutter and snail using indigenous crops; Formulation and development of nutrient rich food beverage for people living with HIV/AIDS; development and production of high nutrients density drinks and biscuits for school age children; Production and packaging of traditional dishes.
She has also functioned in various capacities in many steering committees within and outside Nigeria. Some of them are the Presidential Committee on the Exportation of Cassava; Coordinator for the task force on Cassava R&D in Nigeria for the Ministry of Science and Technology; Presidential committee on inventions and innovations at the Ministry of Science and Technology. She is currently a Board member of Africa Rice in Cote d’voire and a host of others.
Prof. Gloria Elemo served and worked closely with the then primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion Rt. Rev Peter Jasper Akinola at Abuja at the Church of Nigeria Diocesan level Abuja and Kubwa Diocese and her local church. She was the chairman Synod planning committee of the Diocese of Kubwa for three consecutive years before returning to Lagos in 2007.
She was the President Young Women Christian Association of Nigeria, Kubwa, Abuja Branch from 1997-2007.
She is a member YWCA St. Johns Anglican Church Satellite town; Member Agape Christian Sisters Arch Bishop Vining Memorial Cathedral Church Ikeja, Lagos;
She is happily married and blessed with four children.