…Where transformational leaders are nurtured


Institute’s Board of Directors

Joseph C. Ibekwe – President/CEO

Dr. Emmanuel C. Ihenacho

Prof. Maureen N. Koko

Mr. Oloruntoba S. Ifabiyi, FISEV

Mrs. Maryann O. Ibekwe, JP, FCNA



Brief on our Founder 


Joseph Chinenyeze Ibekwe is the founder of FLED International Leadership Institute. The Institute exists as a global training arm of Foundation for Leadership & Education Development (FLED); a Christian knowledge-based NGO which he established in 1995 to facilitate access to basic education and promote entrepreneurship and livelihood opportunities for women and youths.

Through the NGO and the Institute, Joseph has trained about 5000 and mentored more than 2000 emerging leaders including women and youths in last 25 years.

He was formerly a development journalist with the Daily Times of Nigeria, Lagos where he reported extensively on issues of the environment, health, agriculture and sciences in the 1990s. He is the Publisher of Future World Magazine; the convener of the nationwide the People & Power Conferences.

In the past twenty five years, Joseph has developed leadership training programmes and conducted training sessions for professionals, women and youths around Nigeria.  He is a 1996 Fellow of Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria and a 2010 CSO Fellow of the World Bank/IMF in Washington DC, USA. Between 2007 & 2008, Joseph served as Member, National Working Group (NWG) of the Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) on the appointment of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

He has authored several books including College Prefects are Leaders, Effective Writing for Career Excellence and Promoting Sustainable Human Development through Mentoring. His two recent books are The Quest for Political Leadership & Citizens Democracy and Politics is Kingdom Business

He has been a consultant to UNESCO, Federal Ministry of Youth Development and Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja in the areas of Strategic communications, organisational development, Strategic Planning, and gender mainstreaming. He is a trained UNESCO Development Expert Leader from UNESCO Training Centre, San Sebastian, Spain.

Joseph Ibekwe is widely traveled and presently resides in Abuja, Nigeria, with his family. He is married to Maryann Onyinyechi, JP, a senior civil servant with the Federal Government of Nigeria, a Fellow of Association of National Accountants (ANAN). He loves reading, writing and speaking.

Tel: +234-708-015-7176

Email: info@flededu.org

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