Born in a German speaking county of Frauenfeld, Switzerland, Dr. Maureen Ifeyinwa Egbuche (nee Azokwu) holds a first degree in Biology / Education from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Second Class Upper honours). Post-UNN, she proceeded to University of Ibadan for a Master’s degree in Fisheries Management, a programme she did not quite conclude before proceeding to Vrije Universiteit Brussels, (VUB) Belgium for a 2-year Masters Degree in Human Ecology (a combination of Environmental and Social Sciences); graduated Cum Laude –Distinction. She immediately started a VUB Ph.D. programme in Aquatic Ecotoxicology and graduated Summa Cum Laude (Greatest Distinction / First Class) in 1999. She also presented a mini-thesis on Sustainable Development to complement her Ph.D. She has a diploma in French language and speaks notions of German language.
In 2000, as the Principal Consultant, Centre for Environmental Resources and Sustainable Ecosystems (CERASE), Port Harcourt, she managed the CERASE – World Bank project on sustainable bioremediation. From 2001 she was engaged as a contract staff with The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Port Harcourt in various capacities namely Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Trainer, Programme Co-ordinator; Shell-sponsored Environmental Conservation Clubs (now Sustainable Development Club) in 65 secondary Schools. Her career in SPDC ended as a Sustainable Development Adviser in 2008 leading to the founding of FTI in 2009.
She has over 20 years of international Model UN experience, especially from United States of America and Europe, starting from 1995.
Dr. Egbuche is happily married and a mother.