Dr Ogechi Okoro
Genetic engineering was Dr Ogechi Okoro’s first love. Now an Academic Staff Member in the Centre for Business & Enterprise (CBE), following his graduation with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Sciences, he considered joining the pharmaceutical industry, but instead joined the banking industry. He went on to obtain an MSc in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University and an MBA.
From 2000 to 2005, Ogechi worked at two Nigerian banks, where he was part of their rebranding and repositioning. He played a strategic role in the initial public offering of one of the revived banks. After completing his MSc, he worked at Lloyds TSB Bank in the United Kingdom.
In 2009, he moved to Auckland University of Technology, where he completed a PhD, dealing with business ethics and sustainability, and focusing on corporate social responsibility activities of International Oil Companies (IOCs) and their relationship with the major stakeholders. The thesis developed a framework that taps into stakeholder intelligence for the development of host communities in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria.
Since completing his PhD, he has been teaching several business courses at Wintec, in addition to supervising industry project research. He is currently developing courses for a new CBE programme. At the same time, he is actively involved in collaborative writing for conference and journal publications.
Dr Ogechi has an extensive track record of market research and international business collaboration. In New Zealand, he has worked as a market research analyst for a software company, where he was responsible for the development of their African market. In addition to his teaching and course development roles, Ogechi now runs a consulting firm, which is focused on introducing African businesses to New Zealand and vice versa.
While he still loves genetic engineering, business and society relationships are his main passion now and he spends most of his spare time monitoring global events.