Nwamaka Ogbonna

Nwamaka Ogbonna is an MPhil in Development Studies candidate from Nigeria. Her research focuses broadly on the extent to which the ownership structure of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in Nigeria affect their performance.


Prior to Oxford, she led the Monitoring and Evaluation of the $100 million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme – the largest entrepreneurship program in Africa. She also completed a graduate internship at the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), New York – the world’s largest Corporate sustainability initiative.


Nwamaka graduated with First class honours in Economics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and holds a Master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she studied on a full scholarship. In 2017, she was selected for the British Council Future Leaders Connect Programme – a network of the top 50 emerging policy Leaders from across the world chosen from over 11,000 applications. She is also a member of the LSE Programme for African Leadership (PFAL) network and recently served as a member of the organizing committee of the Oxford University China Africa Network (OUCAN).


As President, she intends to broaden the agenda of the society; build a more people-centered community and network; mainstream gender issues and strengthen the institutional fabric of the society.