Dr. Ignatius Odongo is a graduate of a Doctor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship program at Monarch Business School Switzerland where he also holds a Master of Practicing Management. Dr. Odongo also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Marketing Management from the Chartered Institute of Marketing-CIM, UK. Dr. Odongo is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing with the designation FCIM. Recently, he was appointed a mentor of CIM’s global mentoring programme. Dr. Odongo’s research interests are in socio economic development, public health, microenterprise development, public policy and governance.
Dr. Odongo is the managing director of Entrepreneurship Journey (PTY) Ltd, Johannesburg, South Africa, a company specialising in helping people translate their ideas into viable business solutions. Dr. Odongo also works as a Director of Strategic Information at Strategic Analytics & Management PTY Ltd, a Pretoria-based public health strategic information firm. Dr Odongo has over 27 years of management and technical expertise. Since 2003, he has worked as a consultant, successfully implementing over 120 projects in Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. He has worked for over 70 organisations, including Mott McDonald, Unilever, Crown Beverages (PepsiCo franchisee), Central Bank of Uganda, East African Community, World Bank, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), German Development Corporation (GIZ), United Nations Agencies (UNICEF, UNESCO, UNFPA, and UNAIDS), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Belgian Technical Cooperation, Centers for Disease Control (CDC, USA), and South African Departments of Health, Social Development, Basic Education, Women, Youth and People with Disabilities, among others.
Dr. Odongo has been involved in several research projects sponsored by the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Sussex (UK), University Research Co. LLC (URC) Center for Human Services (USA), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (Centre for Communication Programs), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Oxfam Great Britain, White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, World Vision International, ZOA Refugee Care and Save the Children. He has been involved in several research partnerships with the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Kwazulu Natal, Nelson Mandela University, and the Stellenbosch University in South Africa.