Tobi Ogundele

Tobi Ogundele completed her Masters in Economics degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa. Her research examined international migration theories and their relevance in explaining inter-African migration. Before that, she obtained Bachelor of Commerce and BSc (honours first class) degrees in Economics, specializing in human capital formation and the importance of health and education as drivers of economic growth. Her bachelor’s research focused on the impact of emigration, tagged ‘brain drain’ on growth in Nigeria. Her current research interest is in exploring and understanding the interconnectedness and effect of health, migration and global governance policies that shape migrants’ livelihoods within their social perimeter, including origin and destination countries.

Prior to her Master of International Public Policy studies, Tobi worked professionally in South Africa as a healthcare researcher at the Health Economics & HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) of UKZN and as a competition policy analyst at the Competition Commission of South Africa. She enjoys reading and teaching and works as a proof reader/copy editor in her spare time.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Fellowship, 2020
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Prestige Scholarship, 2020
  • Redeemer’s University, Nigeria, Award for Best BSc. Economics Graduate, 2005


  • Ogundele, O and Naidoo, M. 2017. “Institutional mechanisms (IMs) for successful competition policy design and implementation in developing countries”, paper presented at the Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA) conference 2017, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
  • Reardon, C., George, G and Enigbokan, O. 2015. “The benefits of working abroad for British General Practice trainee doctors: the London deanery out of programme experience in South Africa”, BMC Medical Education Journal.
  • Enigbokan, O., Edkins, B and Ogundele, O. 2015. “Relevance of Migration Theories in the identification of influencing factors for Nigerian and Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa”, conference paper presented at the Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA) conference 2015, Cape Town.
  • Enigbokan, O and Ogundele, O. 2015. “A Systematic Review of Competition Policy Implementation: Institutional Mechanisms for Success”, Conference paper presented at the Economic Society of South Africa (ESSA) conference 2015, Cape Town.
  • Reardon, C., Enigbokan, O and George, G. 2014. “British doctor’s experiences of working in rural South Africa: The London GP Out of Programme Experience”, SA Gesondheid Journal 19 (1), pp 1-10.
  • Master of Commerce, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 2013
  • Bachelor of Commerce (honours), University of Pretoria, 2012
  • Bachelor of Science (honours), Redeemer’s University, 2009
Migration, Mobilities, and Social Politics
Multilateral Institutions
STEM for Global Resilience

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