Founding Chairman

Dr. Kenneth Ojo, PhD Economics
Founding Chairman

Kenneth Ojo is a Health Economist with over 25 years’ working experience in the health systems of 17 African countries. He received his PhD in Economics from University of Pittsburgh, USA. He was actively involved in the proposal development and the oral defense of the 5 year DFID/Partnership for Transforming Health System 2 (PATHS 2) Programme (Phase 2) in Nigeria on behalf of Abt Associates Inc and the consortium. In 2008 when the contract was awarded, he was assigned the portfolio of National Health Financing Advisor to the DFID/PATHS 2 Programme. He also completed 18 months of technical assignment as Health Economics and Public Expenditure Management Specialist in the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria under DFID/PATHS 1 Programme (Phase 1). Prior to this, he worked with World Health Organization, Regional office for Africa for about 7years. He first served as Health Economist for the Lagos office, Nigeria. Over the years, he has been working in collaboration with National Health Insurance Scheme, Nigeria particularly on the scaling up of community-based health insurance schemes in the country.

During post independent reconstruction and development in Namibia, he served as Health Economist in WHO office in Namibia with full time responsibility on health financing and planning to Ministry of Health, Windhoek and regional responsibilities to provide technical support to the health systems of some African countries. For a period of over six years, he served as consultant Health Economist/Planner to African Development Bank, North/South Division in the countries of Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Lesotho, Swaziland and in the Island of Mauritius.

He was a lecturer in microeconomics and econometrics for some years at University of Maiduguri and University of Lagos. He also taught at the Department of Economics, University of Pittsburgh, USA. As a Visiting Lecturer in Health Economics including health econometrics for over many years (2001-2007) to the Joint Facility for Electives, (JFE) Collaborative for MA and PhD Programme in Economics for Sub-Saharan Africa Universities (organized by African Economic Research Consortium Kenya), he has contributed significantly to capacity building in health economics and financing in Africa. He also continues to serve as a Guest Lecturer in Health Economics, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria: Health Resources Management Programme, Department of Community Health, College of Medicine, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, University of Lagos, Nigeria.

He has also published in the area of health economics and health systems and currently working on many books in health economics. His current areas of research interest include public expenditure management in the health sector, national health accounts, community-based health insurance schemes, issues of resource allocation and distribution under different partnership arrangements, cost analysis of health interventions and systems. Kenneth Ojo died in March 2016 but his institutional memory and capacity building lives on in CHECOD.