Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob

Panitza Memorial Endowed Executive Director, Center for Information, Democracy and Citizenship

Dr. Jacob joins us from the Organisation of Southern Cooperation, where he served as the Under-Secretary-General for Research, Evaluation, and Foresight. His remarkable career includes roles as the Dean of Graduate School and Research at the American University of Nigeria, where he collaborated with UNICEF Nigeria to establish a first-of-its-kind graduate program in Communication for Social and Behavior Change, and led the Technology Enhanced Learning for ALL (TELA) program for internally displaced people.

Notably, Dr. Jacob has held academic positions at New York University and Dickinson College. At Dickinson, he helped create a new graduate program in Managing Complex Disasters and led an initiative in support of refugees from regions of the world experiencing conflict and natural disasters.

A leading expert in strategic and development communication, Dr. Jacob has provided consultation to prominent organizations such as the World Bank, USAID, and the UN’s Department of Peace Operations.

He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Leeds and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.