Idowu Kunlere is an Energy, Circular Economy, and Sustainability Specialist and a current Ph.D. student in the Energy and Environmental Policy program at the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy & amp; Administration, University of Delaware, USA. His ongoing research focuses on developing innovative circular economy pathways to strengthen global supply chains and green product markets.
Before the doctoral program, Kunlere was an Environment and Development Professional with Nigeria’s federal environment watchdog, NESREA, where he helped to enforce federal environmental laws and multilateral environmental agreements to which Nigeria is a signatory. In addition, Kunlere has led and participated in several projects in Nigeria’s Manufacturing, Food and Beverage, Iron and Steel, Quarry and Mining, and Power and Energy sectors on emissions prevention and control, climate change, environmental and social impact assessment, ESG, circular economy, and regulatory compliance frameworks.
Kunlere holds a Master’s in Public Administration (Environmental Policy) from the National University of Singapore, Singapore, a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management from Technical University Dresden, Germany, and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in (Environmental) Microbiology from the University of Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University, in Nigeria. He has co-published peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications and delivered key papers at leading international scientific conferences across five continents.
In 2019, Kunlere was named one of the inaugural i-Scholar Fellows and currently volunteers as Manager, Innovations at the i-Scholar Initiative. Kunlere is also an ENPEE Scholar, UNEP/UNESCO/BMU Fellow, DAAD Scholarship Nominee, Future Leaders Connect Finalist, YALI West Africa fellow, and EXCEED fellow.