Emmanuel Olatomide Idemudia Ilori, from Nigeria, has recently taken a Post-Doc Research Fellow position at the Public Policy Department. His research interests lie at the intersection of social and management sciences. He is also keen on policy, governance, monitoring and evaluation, as well as business development, migration, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
As he explained in his interview to HSE News Service, his primary motive for relocating from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa to HSE University in Moscow was that it is a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise with international colleagues, challenge myself, pursue new career prospects, and grow professionally. ‘It is also an opportunity to work in a new region where I could learn about a different culture and share my own heritage and culture with new colleagues and students.’
Emmanuel has worked in both property development and banking in Nigeria, as well as in tertiary institutions both in South Africa and Romania, which gave him a lot of practical experience. He rose through the ranks of tutor, research assistant, writing coach, and teaching assistant to associate lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He belong to the Nigerian Institutes of Management (Chartered) and the South African Board for Professional Practices (SABPP). Mr Ilori has attended and presented papers at international conferences in the USA, Canada, South Africa, and Romania to mention a few.
During his graduate studies, Emmanuel studied in Europe on 2 different European Union scholarships: in 2014 at the Maastricht University School of Business in the Netherlands, and in 2016, in the Faculty of Politics, Philosophy and Communications at the University of the West Timisoara.
'At HSE University I look forward to teaching, facilitating learning and development, supervising master’s degree students, enriching my areas of research (and publishing), and taking on any other tasks assigned to me by my supervisor—in short, I look forward to developing my academic career.
As Emmanuel says, ‘I feel delighted and honoured to be travelling away from my home country. I have experience with living abroad in South Africa, the Netherlands, and Romania. My experiences in the aforementioned countries have been wonderful, inspiring, and my memories of them are still fresh. I have learnt from other people’s culture and backgrounds, environments, and the exceptional medium of teaching and learning. I am optimistic and indeed ready to learn Russian and get to know the people and the culture. Therefore, I am fully prepared for my stay in Russia.’