Biography Of Maurice Iwu

Biography Of Maurice Iwu

Maurice Iwu
Maurice Mmaduakolam Iwu was born on April 21, 1950. He is a native of Umuezeala, Umukabia, Ehime in Mbano Imo State of Nigeria. He is Professor of Pharmacognosy who have served as the
Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), appointed in June 2005, and  removed in April 2010.

Maurice attended St. Pius X College, Bodo-Ogoni, where he had his secondary education. After that, he proceeded to the University of Bradford, England, where he obtained Master of Pharmacy degree in the year 1976 and later, a Ph.D in the year 1978.

After his studies, Iwu became the World Health Organization Visiting Scholar to Dyson Perrins Laboratory, University of Oxford in the year1980. He was also a Fulbright Senior Scholar, Ohio State University. He was a Professor of Pharmacognosy at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from 1984 to 1993.

Being a renowned researcher, Maurice Iwu won the United States National Research International Prize for Ethonobiolology in the year 1999.

Iwu later entered the enterprising world, and became the Vice-President of the Research and Development of Tom's of Maine, a personal care manufacturing company. He was a member of the Board of Directors, Axxon Biopharm inc. He was also on the Board of InterCEDD, Fund for integrated Rural Development and Traditional Medicine, and Center for Economic and Social Justice. He was the United Nation's Lead Consultant for the development of Nigeria's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.

Between 1962 and 2002, Professor Iwu was the President of the International Society of ethnobiology. He was the former President of the Nigerian Society of Pharmacognosy, Member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Member of the International Society for Medicinal Plant Research.
Iwu was a former Executive Director, Bioresources Development and Conservation Program and also a Senior Research Associate at the Division of Experimental Therapeutics of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington D.C.

In August 2003, Iwu was appointed a Commissioner of INEC for Imo State under the regime of President Olusegun Obasanjo. At the end of Abel Guobadia?s regime as the Chairman of INEC in June 2005, Maurice Iwu succeeded him as Chairman.

Maurice Iwu's tenure was due to expire on June 13, 2010, but on April 28, 2010 Goodluck Jonathan, who was then an Acting President, committed to pursuing electoral reform, removed Maurice  Iwu from office as the Chairman of INEC.

Maurice Iwu has published more than 100 research articles and is the author of about four books.

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