Chair holder, The Institute for Humanitarian Studies and Social Development (IHSD): Amb. Prince Francis Origa
Prince Francis Origa is a Ph.D holder and the Registrar/CEO of the Institute for Humanitarian Studies and Social Development; Nigeria’s foremost and only approved Humanitarian Professional Training Institution registered to provide intellectual dynamism cum professionalism to the humanitarian and non-profit sector in order to ensure improved capacity and efficiency, thus averting redundancy and despondency in humanitarian sector.
Prince Origa was the youngest and first to be appointed ‘Special Assistant to the Abia State Governor on Health (HIV/AIDS &Malaria)’ in the administration of Governor Orji Uzor Kalu where he doubled as the acting Chairman of the Abia State Action Committee on HIV/AIDS; a position which he used in attracting the World Bank HIV/AIDS Fund (HAF1), and also increased political-will and CSOs engagement in HIV/AIDS fight.
In the administration of the immediate past Governor- Chief T.A. Orji, now a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prince Origa served as an Advisory Member of the Abia State Emergency Management Committee (Governor’s Office); and also a co-opted member of the Nigeria’s Centenary Anniversary Committee(2013 and 2014), working directly with the Secretary to the Abia State Government.
He started his humanitarian activities and career from the Nigerian Red Cross Society where he joined as a member in 1993 until he rose to the rank of a Detachment Commandant of Alimosho Open Detachment and later the Divisional Secretary of Oshodi-Isolo Division of Lagos State; during which he mobilized the highest numbers of volunteers to respond to the Lagos Bomb explosion (Ikeja Cantonment) of January 27th, 2001 which earned him an award in 2002.
Academically, he holds a First Class Master’s Degree in Conflictology (Peace and Conflict Studies) and a Post Graduate Diploma Certificate in Armed Conflict and Crisis Management; both from the prestigious United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Geneva-Switzerland in conjunction with the University of Catalonia in Spain.
Before his studies with the UN, he had obtained from Nigeria, a B.A (Hons) in History and International Studies, Diploma Secretariat and Computer Studies, Advanced Diploma in Marketing, and Professional Post Graduate Diploma in Management.
In 2014, he won the prestigious United Nations Peace-Builder’s Scholarship Award to pursue an International Master’s Degree in Conflictology (Peace and Conflict Studies) and a Post Graduate Diploma Certificate in Armed Conflict and Crisis Management under the UN Peace Keeping Training Program anchored by the United Nations Institute for Training & Research (UNITAR), Geneva, Switzerland in conjunction with the University of Catalonia, Spain. He also won counter-part scholarship-matching fund from Abia State Government for his UN overseas studies.
In 2016, he successfully completed the programs and graduated with a First Class category and also won an award for presenting the best Master’s Project Research Work with emphases on “…Ethnicity and Religion as Drivers of Conflict in Africa and the Challenges of Peace Building: The Case Study of Nigeria”.