Dr Victor Ayeni is Director, Governance and Management Services International, a UK-based training and consultancy firm dedicated to advancing the quality of public sector governance in developing countries and transitional democracies (www.gmsiuk.com). He has almost 40 years experience in governance and international development, covering about 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, North America, and the Pacific.
He has been Director of Governance and Institutional Development of the Commonwealth Secretariat, London, and before that, Deputy Director and Lead Adviser in Governance and Public Management. Before joining the Commonwealth, Prof Ayeni lectured in universities in South Africa, Botswana and Nigeria as well as served briefly in the Ondo State Civil Service of Nigeria. He has been consultant to several governments and a host of international and bi-lateral development agencies.
Prof Ayeni is an accomplished international development and public sector management scholar and practitioner. He is a well known international authority on the Ombudsman and related Oversight institutions. His pioneering work helped positioned the Commonwealth Secretariat as a leading technical player in this area. He is widely published with some 15 books and over 160 papers on various aspects of Governance and Public and Development Management to his credit. He has been member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The International Ombudsman Journal based in Alberta, Canada, and, until lately, Editor of the African Journal of Public Administration and Management.
Prof Ayeni holds a PhD in Public Administration.