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Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili

Senior Economic Adviser and Public Policy Analyst, Africa Economic Policy Development Initiative

Undergraduate degree in Business Education 1985.; Master's in Int'l Law and Diplomacy, Univ. of Lagos 1987; Master's in Public Policy and Admin., Harvard Univ, 2000. Chartered Accountant. Honorary Doctorate Essex University, UK, Honorary Doctorate Federal University of Technology- Abeokuta Nigeria. Formerly: auditor and management consultant; Senior Special Assistant for Budget to President of Nigeria and Price Intelligence Unit - Reformer of Public Procurement system; Chairperson, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; Founding Member and Director, Africa, Transparency Int'l; Minister of Solid Minerals Development; Minister of Education; Founder and Co-Director, Center for Public Policy Priorities in Nigeria. 2007-12, VP World Bank - Africa Region. Senior Economic Adviser, Open Society Foundation - Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative(AEDPI) 2012-2015. Senior Economic Advisor, AEDPI 2015 to date. Commissioner, Global Ocean Commission. Director, WWF- Switzerland until 2015, Director, Bharti-Airtel until 2015. Boards of Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University, the School of Public Policy of Central European University, Budapest- Hungary, Global Leadership Institute at Tufts University, NCMG International (Negotiation & Conflict Management Group), New African magazine - London. Co-Convener, #BringBackOurGirls, Co-Chair, All Party Parliamentary Group on International Freedom of Religion or Belief, United Kingdom, Chairperson, Advisory Board of Nigeria 2031. Time Magazine's 2015 Time-100 Most Influential People, New York Times: one of 25 Women of Impact for 2015. She holds the Robert F. Kennedy Award of Excellence in Public Service of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the Tuft University EPIIC Jean Meyer Awards and other numerous local and international awards. Decorated with the Nigerian national award of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), 2006.