Esther Ekong

Esther Ekong

Research Associate

Ph.D. (Law, Intellectual Property) Candidate, 2022

Esther holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Master of Laws (LLM), and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA). Prior to relocating to Canada for her Ph.D. studies, she worked for seven years as a Research Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, in Lagos, Nigeria. Her Ph.D. thesis is supervised by Prof. Oguamanam. 

Esther currently holds the positions of New and Emerging Research Group Vice-President for Open AIR and Graduate Students Representative for the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS). In September 2019, Esther was awarded third prize in the Africa Portal “Women, Power and Policy Making” research competition, for her policy brief titled: Gender implications of Geographical Indications for Ghanaian Shea Butter (available here).

Esther is passionate about women’s rights and empowerment and is the initiator of Chadash Phoenix Woman Foundation, a non-governmental organization set up in Nigeria in 2012. The NGO is focused on helping indigent women build capacity for small businesses and on raising start-up funds for them. She also volunteers as a Friend Advocate with Citizens Advocacy in Ottawa. Esther is married with children.

Our Research Team

Chidi Oguamanam
Principal Investigator

LL.B. (Ife)
B.L. (Lagos)
LL.M. (Lagos)
Ph.D. (British Columbia)

Allana Haist
Research Fellow / Team Coordinator

J.D. Candidate, 2022
Ph.D. (Political Theory) 2011

Kelsea Gillespie
Senior Research Fellow

J.D. / M.A. (International Affairs) Candidate, 2022

Nailah Ramsoomair
Chercheuse associée

Programme de common law en français (J.D.), 2022

Jessica Hennings
Research Fellow

J.D. / M.A. (International Affairs) Candidate, 2023

Toni Valenti
Research Fellow

J.D. Candidate, 2021
M.A. (Indigenous Relations) 2018

Rebecca Park
Research Fello

J.D. Candidate, 2021

Akkila Thirukesan

J.D. / M.A. (International Affairs) Candidate, 2021

Nicole Tumaine
Research Fellow

J.D. / M.A. (International Affairs) Candidate, 2022

Esther Ekong
Research Fellow

Ph.D. (Law, Intellectual Property) Candidate, 2022

Uchenna Felicia Ugwu
Research Fellow

Ph.D. (Intl IP Law & Development) 2020
M.A. (Public International Law) 2007
LL.B. 2001

Sileshi Bedasie Hirko
Research Fellow

Ph.D. (Intellectual Property Law and Human Development), 2020

Affiliated Researchers

Teresa Scassa
Ikechi Mgbeoji
Frederic Perron-Welch
Freedom-Kai Phillips
Jessica Saris
Christopher Koziol
Vipal Jain

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