Dr Delia Jumai Nzekwu has more than 22 years work experience in diverse fields. She is a lecturer, researcher, trainer and administrator, offering research, training and administrative services to both the private and public sectors in South Africa and Nigeria. In South Africa, was more engaged with higher education and in Nigeria with government and the corporate sector. A Nigerian by birth, she was a lecturer and research coordinator in the Politics Department of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) where she obtained a PhD in Philosophy. She made a mark in the Politics Department at Wits, passionately mentoring Honours and senior students and helping to significantly raise dissertation submission deadline to an unprecedented level. She was also a research consultant offering various research and marketing services to private companies within and outside South Africa. Her core research competency is on education and Public/Private Partnerships (PPPs) for community development and poverty alleviation strategies, with corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a key component.
In 2008, under the auspices of the University of the Witwatersrand, she led the Wits team at the Cooperation Framework for Innovative Systems between Finland and South Africa (COFISA). Working with a team of stakeholders from the public and private sectors, she assisted the Johannesburg Provincial Government with baseline studies and the mapping of futures scenarios on innovative systems for the city of Johannesburg in the next 50 years. Capacity building, utilizing knowledge management systems is an area in which she has attained qualitative research competencies. She has published and made public presentations on education and poverty alleviation. To date, she continues to offer MSMEs advisory and hands on services on sustainability.
A recipient of excellent trainings in, among others, communication, leadership skills, client relations management and brand and business development, Delia is a trainer of trainers. Her work with the private and public sectors in Nigeria includes policy formation advisory services. She managed corporate communications, branding, public relations/ change management, and experiential marketing through events and below-the-line services for blue chip companies amongst whom were: FIFA, Coca-Cola, Standard Chartered Bank, Lafarge, the Nigerian Stock Exchange, State and the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Delia who is also an alumna of the University of Benin, Nigeria, Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, and the Isle of Man College, UK, has a work experience which spans Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Schlumberger, Citizens news magazine, Concept, Solutions Acme (CSA), Message Wise, Century Group and the Lagos Business School where she is part-time facilitator of courses on sustainability. Her career achievements include: set up of departments and units where none existed and bequeathing quality control and sustainable management systems. She offers training on soft skills, including ‘the art of leadership’ and business communication. She continues to contribute to the discourse on the development of Nigeria’s MSMEs and the second economy in general through participation in public/private seminars and investment collaborations on the subject. Delia was an associate consultant with the South/Eastern African Associate Group of Consultants. She writes academic papers, poems, and short stories. She was elected member of Madison’s Who’s Who 2009 and of Wits Executive Committee on Convocation. Delia was listed in Madison’s Who’s Who 2009.
She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Solabrite e-initiative – an education NGO based in Lagos and set up to empower very bright pupils in light deficient areas who are in dire need of the resource to enhance their intellectual output and success. Her extra curricula activities include: writing (academic, poetry, novel), meditation and yoga.