Ikenna Acholonu is the Africa Engagement Programme Manager at the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa.
In his role as Africa Engagement Programme Manager, Ikenna works to develop strategic partnerships with African centres of academic excellence, as well as public and private institutions in Africa, in order to strengthen LSE’s connection to the continent. By communicating with African academics across disciplines, he works to promote research collaborations with the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at LSE. At LSE he also worked on the Programme for African Leadership as the Programme Officer, providing leadership training and workshops to African students in post-graduate programmes.
Prior to joining LSE, Ikenna worked for 5 years on programmes that provided scholarships to African university students. He supported over 130 students from 28 different African nations as they transitioned into university. His research interests are in higher education and African development, and the role that tertiary institutions play in reproducing racial and ethnic hierarchies globally.