IORMS Founding President
PROFESSOR JOSEPH FUNSO AKINGBADE’S PROFILE
Professor Joseph Funso Akingbade was a pioneer of Operational Research (OR) teaching and promotion of its professionalism and use in Nigeria. He started teaching OR as a component of the course ” Analysis for Business Decisions” at the University of Lagos, in 1971. He pioneered OR professionalism by forming an “OR Club”, again at the University of Lagos, in 1983. Ever since then Professor Akingbade has been in the forefront at the various OR professional formations in Nigeria, including being the erswhile President of the Institute for Operational Research of Nigeria (INFORN), which shortcomings as a professional OR organisation has led to the formation of the Institute of Operational Research and Management Science of Nigeria (IORMS).
Professor Akingbade’s academic qualifications in OR include an M.Sc in Industrial Mathematics and Statictics from the University of Aston in Birminghan in 1969, and a D.Phil (Ph.D) from the University of Ulster in Nothern Ireland in 1978. He was made a professor of Business (Operational Research) at the Universiity of Lagos in 1992.
Major relevant university positions held by Professor Akingbade include being Dean of Faculty of Business Administration , University of Lagos (1997-2001); Dean of Faculty of Management Sciences, University of Ado-Ekiti (now Ekiti-State University) (2003-2004); and Dean of College of Social and Management Sciences, Caleb University (2007-2010). Professor Akingbade also established and was the pioneer Managing Director of the Redeemer’s University Business Consult (RUN CONSULT) Ltd.
Professor Akingbade has authored a number of fundamental books on Operational Research , which include ” Concepts and Applications of Operational Research for Development” (jointly authored with Mike Luck, Birmingham, and Nitin Patel, India, in 1992); “Mathematics and the Social Sciences: The Missing Links” (1996); and ” Philosophy and Methodology of Operational Research: A Manifesto for Developing Countries (2006).
Professor Akingbade’s thrust of contributions to Operational Research ideas is Operational Research Philosophy and Methodology for use in developing countries. He is currently canvassing the adaptation and use of Community Operational Research in Nigeria.