Dr. Omowumi Ogunyemi obtained her first degree in medicine and surgery. She worked as a medical practitioner in Nigerian hospitals before her post-graduate studies in Philosophy. She holds a licentiate degree (masters) and a doctorate in philosophy (Anthropology and Ethics – with summa cum laude) from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. She attended the International School of interdisciplinary research in Rome (Scuola Internazionale Superiore per la Ricerca Interdisciplinare, SISRI) and won the 2014 DISF award (Documentazione Interdisciplinare di Scienza & Fede) for best interdisciplinary research paper. She was a finalist for the Expanded Reason Awards, 2018.
She currently heads the ethics and philosophical anthropology unit which enriches the university’s student formation with humanistic topics, thus preparing students for various roles in the society. She teaches philosophical anthropology, professional ethics for computer scientists, data and privacy ethics, peace studies, conflict resolution and general ethics, professional and personal skills, and contemporary issues in health. She also facilitates sessions on the implications and applications of ethics and philosophical anthropology for professionals in various fields including business ethics.
Her areas of research interests include applied ethics with interdisciplinary studies between philosophy (anthropology and ethics) and practical sciences from the virtue theory perspective. Some specific topics include – the ethics of artificial intelligence and responsible computing, business ethics (also ethical use of AI in businesses); humanism in technology, the temporal experience of humans and narrative self-understanding; self-development, self-leadership, and character-building; character strengths, and virtues, and their relationship to narratives, etc.
She has presented academic papers at various international conferences. She is a member of the steering committee of the International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry, the Humanistic Management Network, Association for Computing Machinery, Business Ethics Network-Africa. She actively participates in various groups of the Flourishing Network. She is also an affiliate faculty for Christopher Kolade Center for Research in Leadership and Ethics (Lagos Business School).