Reverend Monsignor Professor Dr. Obiora Ike, born in Gusau, Northern Nigeria. He is a widely acclaimed teacher, minister of religion, author, publisher, administrator, and scholar and has written over 100 books, journal contributions, monographs, and edited works on topics related to Ethics, Education, Culture and Society, Church and Development, State and Governance and on Spirituality. Ordained Catholic Priest at the age of 25 in Austria, Pope John Paul II elevated him to a Papal Chamberlain in 1999 as the youngest Monsignor in Nigeria at the time.
Dr. Ike studied from 1975 to 1986 in Nigeria, Austria, Germany, France, and the UK, and holds degrees in philosophy, theology, economics, journalism, and political science. He gained his doctorate degrees in Bonn, Germany, with a specialisation in Ethics and Christian Social Thought.
Professor Dr. Ike has held several positions of service in the Church, Society, and State within Africa and Europe. He worked as visiting professor in 1993 at the Theological Faculty Tilburg, The Netherlands, and from 1997 at the Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt/Germany and most recently since its founding in 2010 is Professor of Ethics and Intercultural Studies, Godfrey Okoye University, Nigeria.
He has served at University Councils at Enugu State University of Science and Technology; the Advisory Board of the University of Stellenbosch, Executive Development; the Board of Trustees of Godfrey Okoye University. In May 2021, he was appointed to serve as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council of Plateau State University Bokkos, Jos, Nigeria.
Interested in Human Rights activism and Human Development, Dr. Ike initiated several educational and development organisations in Nigeria. He is the founder of the Catholic Institute for Development Justice Peace and Caritas (CIDJAP), the Prisoners Legal Education and Assistance Scheme, the Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs Training Association, the Grassroots Women Empowerment and Development Education and was part of the founding of the leading Umuchinemere Pro-credit Microfinance Bank Limited in Nigeria where he serves as Chairman. He serves in several other organisations.
Monsignor Professor Dr. Ike is Chairman of the Enugu State Government Economic Advisory Committee since 2015. He is also the CEO and Executive Director since 2016 of the Geneva-based leading Foundation for Global Ethics “Globethics.net” www.globethics.net in ECOSOC Status of the United Nations and is President of the Club of Rome, Nigeria Chapter as well as a member of the European Academy of Science and Arts and the World Academy of Science and Arts.