Professor Peter John Opio brings to the office profound knowledge, skills, and competencies spanning the continents of Africa, Europe and the United States. He joined KIM University from the University of Notre Dame where he has been Professor in the Mendoza School of Business and the first Academic Director for African Leaders (YALI), which he successfully led for two years. He played important roles in the Presidential Summit for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, culminating in face to face meeting with President Obama.
As Head of Department of Management at the University of East London, UK, he set up the first MSc International Business program, managed the MBA and developed international partnerships. His knowledge of the African educational context is equally robust. Professor Opio previously served as Dean of Business, Director of Postgraduate Studies, and Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs here in Africa.
His educational background is interdisciplinary, spanning philosophy, economics, and business. He has researched and published widely, and participated in international conferences across the continents of Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America. His current research focus is on Wealth Creation and Well-being. Inspired by the Stigliz-Sen-Fitousi (2010) report Measuring Our Lives he is developing measures of well-being and development for Africa. His most recent publications include: From Wealth Creators to Partners: Reinventing the Role of Global Enterprises in the Generation of Distribution of Wealth in the Light of Africa’s Socio-Economic Experience; “ ‘System D’ – Creativity, Innovation and Ethics in an African context: bridging the gap between the informal and informal economies” (Edward Elgar, 2015).
He has also undertaken consultancies for wide ranging institutions such as UNESCO, USAID, in Africa and Europe.