Professor Tajudeen Akanji obtained a PhD in Industrial and Peace Education from the University of Ibadan in January 1998, and a certificate in Conflict Prevention, Intervention, Reconciliation and Reconstruction from Transcend Peace University, Romania. He joined the services of the University of Ibadan as Lecturer II in February 2001 and rose through the ranks to become a Professor in October 2013. He has served as a Coordinator, Humanitarian and Disaster Risk Management Unit of the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies before becoming the Director of the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan. He is a Fellow, Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP) and Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) in Nigeria.
Prof. Akanji has also worked in partnership with the National Assembly particularly committees on security in the facilitation of joint capacity building and community dialogue programs for all arms of the security agencies and community members in the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria. He developed the curriculum and manual for training on the Niger Delta Job Creation and Conflict Prevention Initiative sponsored by United Nations Office for Project Services. He also led the Nigerian Delegation on German visitors programme to Berlin and was a member of the Nigerian delegation to the ECOWAS Ministers and Experts meeting on Farmers Herders Conflict at the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, Nigeria. He was a member of Presidential Committee on the Disposal of Special Detainees linked to the Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria. He is a consultant to both local and international organizations such as NEMA, UNESCO, UNICEF etc. He has also published widely in the areas of Security Studies, Disaster Risk Management, Peace Education etc.