Okey Daniel Ogbonnaya is the Lead, Rwanda Country Program Coordination. He oversees the Country Program management, formulation, delivery, strategic planning and operations. Prior to this, he worked as the Regional Coordinator and Portfolio Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East for GGGI’s Green Growth Planning and Implementation division. He also worked as the Knowledge Management and Outreach Adviser of GGGI’s Ethiopia Country Program, where he was involved in the day-to-day engagement with government stakeholders in the implementation of Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) initiative. Okey Daniel also coordinated GGGI and UNIDO’s joint research work on Impact of Green Industrial Development and Employment. Outside of his role on Country Program management and Coordination, he manages the Sustainable Infrastructure project of the Rwanda country program focusing currently on the green certification of the New Bugesera International Airport which would be a major government project implementation of the upcoming Rwanda Green Building Minimum Compliance Guidelines that GGGI supports.
He has substantial knowledge on international environmental legal frameworks in Asia Pacific and the African region, as well as knowledge management on the co-construction of knowledge between national and international development actors. He carried out field expert work on rural development strategies in the areas of household irrigation technologies and sustainable agriculture practices in the rift valley areas of Ethiopia. His post graduate research work focused on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation policies in low and middle-income countries. He joined GGGI in July 2010 and has a Master’s Degree in International Development & Cooperation. With work experience in Korea, Sweden and Nigeria prior to joining GGGI in 2010. Okey Daniel likes reading, playing soccer, and spending time with family in his free time.