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About Valentina Okaru-Bisant

Val Bisant (also known as Valentina Okaru-Bisant or OB) has over 10 years teaching, research, mentoring, supervisory, advisory and management experiences in business, infrastructure, energy, economic development, environment and water sectors.  She works extensively on global and corporate governance, trade, economic development, water policy and security concerns.   She teaches five mandatory classes a year in her capacity as a Professorial Lecturer at two academic institutions, namely George Washington University, the Elliott School of International Affairs and the Catholic University of America, Washington DC.   She participates as presenter, moderator and facilitator in business and global conferences and has over 14 business and scholarly publications.  She has private sector and World Bank experiences in managing and supervising muti-million dollar energy, water, infrastructure and environmental investments.  She also worked in corporate anti- trust mergers and acquisitions in Washington DC.  
She holds:  1) a Doctor of Science of Law from Stanford Law School - Stanford University, where she was a recipient of a fellowship grant award from the Morrison Institute for Population and Resources Studies and from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; 2) a Masters in International Relations from Tufts University, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; 3) a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics; and 4) a Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from University of Jos. She also has a Certificate in French language from the C.A.V.E.L, University of Nice.   She is a licensed attorney with bar admissions in the United States (Connecticut) and Nigeria.   Val is on the advisory committee and board of several organizations.  She is an International Advisory Council member of the Coalition of African Jurists, an editorial board member of the Journal of Environmental Economics, a member of the American Bar Association and the American Society of International Law.  She volunteers in her Howard County, Maryland community and enjoys going to her children’s sports and entertainment activities.


Present Adjunct Professor, The Catholic University of America
Present Part-Time Professor, George Washington University, The Elliott School of International Affairs



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