Dr Sheila Ochugboju is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Science, which is at the forefront of global advocacy on frontier innovations to accelerate action towards achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). She is a respected Futurist and has worked with UN organisations such as UNDP, UNEP, as well as the World Bank on important Futures Scenarios.

The Global South Hub Africa team is based in Kenya, with an Asia Hub in Bangladesh, supported by a US team at the Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York State. They collaborate with research and development institutions worldwide on large scale events including COP Presidency events in Glasgow, Egypt and COP28 in Dubai.

They organised the Climate Action Zone, the largest, most inclusive civil society side events during the Africa Climate Summit in September 2023,

Sheila trained as a research scientist with a Ph.D in Biochemistry from London University, followed by a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford. In 2009, she was included in the first group of 20 Inaugural TED Fellows, TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) which promotes thought leaders from around the world and her team curated the flagship event TEDxNairobi.

In 2016, she was honoured with the Wings World Quest Foundation - Women of Discovery Award for Humanity. In 2021 she was recognised in the list of Africa’s 100 most influential women. She is a mother of four creative young adults, living in London, including the award-winning science fiction writer, Temi Oh.

Links to videos showcasing Dr Sheila’s Thought Leadership and Climate Action Activities

“Women Make Science” – Al Jazeera Special 5 Part Series


“Dying Earth” – Al Jazeera Special 8 Part Series