Stanley Okolo

Director General, West Africa Health Organization

Professor Stanley Okolo assumed office as the Director General of the West Africa Health Organization in March 2018. He has a primary medical degree from the University of Nigeria, a PhD from the University of London, and postgraduate medical fellowships from both the West African College of Surgeons and the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Stanley is an executive coach alumni of Ashridge Business School in the UK, an invited speaker at many international scientific meetings, and a postgraduate fellowship examiner in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has authored many peer-reviewed scientific publications, and was a research grants reviewer for the UK National Institute of Health Research and the European Union COST research scheme.

Professor Okolo has had training and practice in Nigeria, United Kingdom and Canada, having been a medical doctor for many years. Before WAHO, he was consultant gynaecologist at North Middlesex University Hospital in London with professorships at University College London (UCL), City University, and Middlesex University, all in London. He was a highly successful medical executive director for nearly 10 years in London and had major leadership roles in regional reconfiguration of healthcare services and in academic healthcare partnerships. He has served on several Boards, working parties and committees in Europe and Africa, and has received many awards for his work.