Professor Ogugua Charles Aworh

Professor Ogugua Charles Aworh was elected as an AAS Fellow in 2021. As a fellow, Professor Ogugua Charles Aworh contributes to the development of the Academy’s strategic direction through participation in AAS activities and governance structures. . This gears the Academys vision of transforming african lives through science.

Year elected
Agricultural & Nutritional Sciences

Ogugua Charles Aworh is retired George Coumantaros Distinguished Professor, Department of Food Technology, University of Ibadan (UI); President, International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST), the global focus of food science excellence; and Chairman, Technical Advisory Group of Nigeria’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). He obtained B.Sc. (Hons) from UI (1973); MSc (1976) and Ph.D. (1978) in Food Science and Technology from Cornell University, USA. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), former Chairman of NIFST Body of Fellows (2008-2013), pioneer Chairman of the Multidisciplinary Central Research Laboratory, UI, (2008-2014), and served three-terms as Head of Department of Food Technology, UI. A recipient of several prestigious international research fellowships including the Royal Society/Nuffield Foundation Fellowship, the Canadian International Development Agency/Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Fellowship and the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, Professor Aworh was at various times visiting Research Fellow/Professor at the Procter Department of Food Science, University of Leeds, UK, the Department of Food Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and the Department of Biotechnology and the Institute of Technical Biocatalysis, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany. Professor Aworh has world-wide experience in food research, consultancy and public service and was a full-time consultant in sustainable community development to Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Warri (1999-2000).

An expert in post-harvest physiology, handling and utilization of tropical and sub-tropical fruits and vegetables, his other areas of research include food product development, food biotechnology and food safety. A foremost researcher, prolific author and mentor of young food professionals, he has published extensively, supervised over 120 MSc and 17 PhDs and is mentor for African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) young scientists.