Vitalis Ortese

Assistant Project Coordinator and Secretary of the Centre for Human Security, Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (Nigeria)

BA History/Political Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria; several international fellowships and certificates from institutions, including the World Bank Institute, the Center for Applied Studies in International Negotiations (CASIN) in Geneva and the Theodore Heuss Academie for Leadership, Gummasbach in Germany.

Mr. Ortese works as Assistant Project Coordinator of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library and Secretary of the Centre for Human Security within the same organization. He was a Programme Officer with the Africa Leadership Forum, where he coordinated and managed their ICT and youth projects. He edited the online newsletter, Akuko!!!, a publication of the Africa Leadership Forum. He is a member of several international development networks (Global Development Network, One World, etc).

He initiated the online project (www.tivnation.com) with the goal of re-projecting the cultural identities of peoples whose identities have been threatened by the negative consequences of globalization. The programme has helped young people in his community cultivate a greater sense of purpose.