Deputy Program Director

Babatunde Olugboji is deputy program director for Human Rights Watch. He brings more than 25 years of experience to his job, having worked as a researcher, journalist, writer, editor, human rights activist, campaigner, and public policy analyst.

Most recently he worked with Christian Aid in London and in Berlin with Transparency International. He collaborated with groups in Africa on membership development, anti-corruption strategies, evaluation techniques, and organizational development. Previously, he was executive director and cofounder of the Centre for Free Speech, Nigeria’s first specialist freedom of expression human rights group. Olugboji also received Britain’s prestigious Chevening Scholarship.

He has researched and written extensively on freedom of expression and access to information, transparency in HIV/AIDS funding, tax justice and illicit flow of funds, and the corruption dimensions of human rights. He holds human rights certifications from institutions in Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the United States, where he was a fellow of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.

Olugboji holds an advance degree in mass communication – specializing in the use of alternative media for social change – from the United Kingdom’s University of Leicester, where he is also writing his PhD thesis. His thesis focuses on how the British media frames corruption issues in Africa.