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Josephine Osikena


Josephine Osikena was appointed Director of the Foreign Policy Centre in August 2010, having previously held FPC posts as programme manager and later programme director of Democracy and International Development. As well as providing strategic and operational leadership at the FPC, her research is principally, but not exclusively, focused on Africa South of the Sahara. She has developed considerable expertise in areas including: economic development, improving the access and distribution of financial services through better regulation, environmental sustainability, women and development, corporate responsibility and the influence of migration and diasporas on development.

Josephine's media experience includes writing short articles for media outlets such as the Financial Times quarterly 'This is Africa'. She has also provided on the record briefings to: GlobalPost, the Independent, Newsweek and Reuters, as well as appeared on Al-Jazeera, BBC Four News, CNBC, Colourful Radio, BBC Radio Five Live, the BBC World Service's Network Africa and Voice of America (VoA).

Before joining the FPC, Josephine completed various interim assignments in central and local government, including at the Cabinet Office, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. She has an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and a BA (Hons) in Economics and French.

Email: josephine.osikena[at]

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