The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences was established by Pope John Paul II on 1 January 1994
Pope Francis over the weekend appoints Nigeria’s Kokunre Adetokunbo Agbontaen Eghafona to the all important Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Two others named along with Agbontaen Eghafona in the appointment to the Academy were, former Governor of the European Central Bank, ECB, the Italian, Mario Draghi; the Chilean and Professor Emeritus, Pedro Morandé Court.

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences was established by Pope John Paul II on 1 January 1994, with the aim of promoting the study and progress of the social sciences, primarily economics, sociology, law and political science. The Academy helps offer the Church those elements which it can use in the development of its social doctrine, and reflects on the application of that doctrine in contemporary society.

Professor Kokunre Adetokunbo Agbontaen Eghafona was born in London on 1 October 1959. She studied at the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree and later a Master of Arts in History degree. She also obtained a Master of Science in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

At the University of Benin, she has been a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology since 1992; Senior Lecturer at the department in 1996, Associate Professor in 2003, and full Professor in 2008. She has also held a number of administrative positions including Head of the Department of Sociology (2009-2013) and Director of part-time programs (2016).

She has been responsible for sustainable development within the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (2012-2017). Professor Agbontaen Eghafona is the author of numerous academic publications. Her current scientific activities include measures to combat human trafficking in Nigeria.