Nina Oduro is the senior advisor for youth and leadership at IREX. She works across the organization’s portfolio of global programs to catalyze the potential of youth and enhance the capacity of leaders to drive positive change.
Nina brings experience in youth and leadership development, research, and training to her role leading strategy, technical capacity building, and external outreach on IREX’s youth and leadership investments.
Previously IREX’s technical advisor for leadership, youth, and training, Nina supported leadership programs and the Center for Applied Learning and Impact's initiatives on research, learning, and innovation. Prior to joining IREX, Nina began her career in youth leadership development and training at Columbia University and the Posse Foundation, where she trained young leaders to succeed socially and academically. She has worked as an education advising specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Ghana, and consulted for several global education initiatives, including Microsoft's Education Ambassador Program. Her research work includes leading the International Organization for Migration and Nigerian Government's Diaspora Mapping Project.
Nina has been recognized as a Top 30 Under 30 honoree by Future of Ghana and DAWNer of the Year by the Diaspora African Women’s Network. She is a champion for diversity and inclusion. Her work leveraging creative entrepreneurship for equity in the food and beverage industry has been featured on Voice of America, NPR, Washington City Paper, and more.
Nina received a MA in African-American studies with a concentration in African diaspora studies from Columbia University and a BA in political and social thought from the University of Virginia.