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Prof.(mrs) Gloria Elemo



Prof.(Mrs) Gloria Elemo is the current Director General/Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria’s  foremost research institute, The Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO). She assumed office as the seventh Chief Executive of FIIRO and the very first female Director General/CEO. Born in Lagos in 1957, Prof. Gloria Elemo is a distinguished scientist, academician, researcher, administrator and economist. Her academic pursuits began in 1963 at St Matthias Catholic School in Lagos. By 1973, she had her WASC/GCE certificate from Mary wood Grammar School. Between 1963 and 1965, the then young Gloria had her Higher School Certificate at the Methodist Girls High School. With the conclusion of the higher school certificate, the coast was clear for her tertiary education pursuit and this she started at the University of Benin as an undergraduate of Biochemistry. By 1979, Prof Elemo bagged her first degree with a second class upper division. Two years after, (1981) she graduated as an M.Sc holder in Human Nutrition at Nigeria’s premier University, the University of Ibadan. Still longing for more academic laurels, she applied for her doctorate programme and in a record time of three years she bagged her Ph.D in Human Nutrition, with a bias in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Ibadan. Prof (Mrs) Gloria N. Elemo was  appointed a Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry by Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, Nigeria. Prof. Gloria Elemo’s career dates back to 1979 when she functioned as a Clinical Biochemist at the Bauchi State Hospital where she had her NYSC. Between 1982 and 1984, she was a graduate assistance at the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Ibadan. Her romance with the academic world continued when she was employed into the services of the Lagos State University (Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences) as Lecturer II. By 1987, Prof. Elemo had risen to become a Lecturer 1 and later the Head of Department. By 1991, she became a senior lecturer at the same University. In 1993, Prof Elemo moved further in her career when she was employed as the Assistant Chief Scientific officer at the Raw Material Research and Development Council in Abuja. While at RMRDC, Prof. Elemo rose through the ranks to become a Deputy Director. Areas where she functioned as a Deputy Director include her roles as the Head of the Pilot Plant Projects Division, head of the Investment Promotion Division, head of the Research Evaluation and Monitoring Division, the Beverages Materials Division and the Plastic Rubber and foam Division. All these leadership positions were held between 1995 and 2007. In 2007, Prof (Mrs) Gloria Elemo’s consistent display of competence and professionalism in her over twenty seven years of postdoctoral working experience, could not be ignored, hence her appointment as the Director, Food  and Analytical Services Department of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, an organization that serves as the flagship of Research and Development in NigeriaIt was this position she occupied until her appointment as the Director General and Chief Executive in May 2011.

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Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Business management

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