Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood holds a PhD in Leadership, Security and Development, from the African Leadership Centre at King's College London. Her doctoral research at King's College London generated critical insights on the interaction between (depleting fish stocks) Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and other maritime threats in the Gulf of Guinea, using Nigeria as a case study. The findings demonstrate that maritime security issues are undermining human security in ways that affect national/regional security dynamics in previously unforeseen ways.
She is a PLuS Alliance Interdisciplinary Researcher, a partnership between King's College London, Arizona State University and the University of New South Wales and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Ifesinachi holds a preparatory diploma in Law and a joint BA in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies from London Metropolitan University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Conflict, Security and Development, obtained from King’s College London.