Dr. Fatima Waziri – Azi

Director-General, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP).

Dr. Fatima Waziri–Azi, is an Associate Professor of Law, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies; Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (United Kingdom), Notary Public for Nigeria; a distinguished academic, a published author, legal practitioner, and human rights activist. Prior to her appointment as Director-General, she was the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Rule of Law, Office of the Vice President.

Dr. Waziri–Azi, obtained her Bachelor of Laws Degree from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria; Barrister-at-Law Degree from the Nigerian Law School Lagos; Masters of Law Degree in International Law and Human Rights, from St Thomas University School of Law, Miami–Florida, USA; a Doctor in Juridical Science Degree (PhD in Law) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Pittsburgh–Pennsylvania State, USA; and a Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program, Boston-Massachusetts, USA.

Her past work experiences include: Attorney & Program Officer at Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS) & Olisa Agbakoba Legal (Lagos); Legal Associate at the New York City, Administration of Children Services, Division of Legal Services (New York); Legal Fellow at Transparency International USA, (Washington D.C.); Research Fellow at the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC).

A prolific author, Dr. Waziri–Azi, has authored and edited books and is widely published in reputable local and international journals. She has presented many papers at specialized workshops, roundtables, seminars and conferences, organized by governmental and non-governmental organizations within and outside Nigeria. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA); New York County Lawyers Association, Association of Women in Development (AWID); Women in International Security (WIIS) and the International Scrabble Club (ISC).

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