Dora Akunyili’s Daughter, Ijeoma, Elected Alumni Board Member Of Harvard Kennedy School

The first daughter of late Dora Akunyili, former Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Ijeoma Akunyili has been elected as an alumni board member of the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in the United Kingdom.

Ijeoma together with eight others who were elected from different countries will serve the institution for four years.

“HKS the degree-program and professional and lifelong learning alumni are represented by a board that comprises 22 volunteer members who work to strengthen connections among HKS alumni across the globe. The alumni board currently comprises 16 elected members and six appointed members.

“The alumni board is made up of several working committees which focus on engagement, connections, celebration and recognition, Board governance, and communications.

“The board engages the global alumni community to champion the HKS mission, increase alumni engagement with one another and the school, lead the alumni association in pursuit of its purpose and goals, extend and enhance the alumni relations office programs and communications, and advise the dean on alumni perspectives.

“It is a working board that operates in close partnership with the alumni relations office, with information and recommendations provided by the director of alumni relations, the dean of the Harvard Kennedy School, and other senior administrators at HKS,” the statement reads.

The school congratulated the eight board members and urged them to work towards strengthening alumni engagement with one another and the school.

“Commit to a four-year (elected) or two-year (appointed) term. Attend two board meetings a year in Cambridge, MA, at your own financial expense,” the school said.

“Dedicate time to board work outside of the board meetings (average of 8 hours/month, but sometimes greater during busier times of the year).

“Actively participate in your assigned working committees(s) and other board initiatives in between meetings.

“Give preference to work on initiatives that align directly with the dean’s and/or ARRD’s priorities for the school and alumni relations, not merely your own interests.

“Participate in selecting winners for the annual HKS alumni awards. Attend any HKS alumni events in your city/region (if applicable) to represent the alumni board,” it added.

The school encouraged the alumni to lead by example by donating to the HKS fund within their personal capacity.

Recall that in January 2023, Ijeoma was named chief medical officer of the Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJ Barnabas Health facility in the US.

According to the statement by the hospital, Ijeoma became the first African American medical professional to serve in that role.

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