Dr. Kelly E. Nwagha


Dr. Kelly Nwagha, an accomplished Pharmacist, Safety and Health Professional, has in-depth expertise in Management, Marketing, Leadership, Employee care services in Health, Safety & Environment (OHSE), Regulatory Compliance, Social Security programs, Projects Management, Procurement & Logistics, Government and Public administration.

Dr Nwagha was the immediate past Acting Managing Director/Chief Executive of the NSITF and the General Manager, Health Safety and Environment Department, which he pioneered and nurtured it to its present level.

Prior to joining NSITF as General Manager, Dr. Nwagha served as: Deputy Director, Pharmaceutical services, Ministry of Health, Owerri (Hospitals Management Board); Consultant-projects, Kelvina Resources International Co. Ltd; Area Manager, (Lagos/East) Emzor Pharmaceutical industries; Branch sales Manager, (Enugu) West African Drugs of John Holt Plc; Medical Rep/Asst. Manager, GLAXO NIG PLC and Medical Rep (North), Afrab-Chem Ltd.

He is the International Labour Organization (ILO) Focal officer for Nigeria on LEGOSH and NSITF representative on the International Social Security Association (ISSA) Special Working Group on Rehabilitation (SWGR). He is also on the Board of PROHEALTH HMO Limited.

He holds the following academic/professional qualifications and certifications: Doctorate degree in Global Business and Leadership from the California Intercontinental University, California, USA; Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA); Masters degree in Public Health (MPH); Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Nigeria.

Dr. Nwagha is a Lead Auditor in ISO 27001 (ISMS) and ISO OHSMS 18001:2007 IRCA, (Occupational Health and Safety). A World Safety Organization (WSO) certified professional in Occupational Safety & Health (OSH), he has Certification in Leadership and Management in Health and Project Management in Health from the University of Washington, USA; Certification in Access and Egress control and Occupational Health and Safety, PERSAS PROTECTION C.C, South Africa; Graduate Certification in Improving Business Through a Culture of Health, from Harvard University, USA; Graduate Certifications in Assessment and Management of Work-Related Injury Risks using RAMP I, RAMP II and Proficiency in using RAMP for Risk Management of Work-Related Injuries from the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden; Certification in People Analytics and Evidence-Based Management from Mannheim Business School.

He has attended training on Employment Injury Schemes organized by the International Training Institute of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO) in Turin, Italy. Dr Nwagha has completed the Federal Government- directed mandatory Training program for Chief Executive Officers of Federal Government Parastatals at ASCON Badagry, Lagos State. He has written series of academic papers and projects and has supervised undergraduate thesis.

Dr. Kelly Nwagha is a member of the following professional bodies: Fellow, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, (PSN); Fellow, Corporate Institute of Risk and Safety Management of Nigeria, (CIRSM); Fellow, Chartered Institute of Financial & Investment Analysts, Nigeria, (CFIA); Doctoral Fellow, Chartered Institute of Financial & Investment Analysts, South Africa; Fellow, OSH Association UK, Nigeria Region; Fellow, Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON); and Member, International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).

He is married with children.

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