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Ahmed Ogunlaja

Open Access Nigeria

Ahmed is a medical doctor in Nigeria and a health policy scholar at Washington University in St Louis, USA. He is the founder of Open Access Nigeria, an organization which advocates for policies that unlock research, scientific data and educational resources; as well as educate researchers, academics and the public about Open Science. He is mobilizing and organizing volunteers across Nigerian universities to engage with stakeholders and policymakers in academia and in government, with the aim of influencing behavior change and advancing policies that promote free online access to research, data and educational resources, in order to foster innovation and accelerate scientific discovery. Ahmed is interested in highlighting the social justice implications of Open Science, as well its potential to foster inclusive and sustainable development, especially with increased access and participation of researchers from the global south. He has been a speaker at conferences in several countries, including Nigeria, South Africa, USA, Canada, Belgium, Greece and Germany. He was awarded the Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2016.