Ifediora Chimezie Amobi
Dr. Ifediora Chimezie Amobi is the Executive Director of the African Heritage Institution (AfriHeritage). Dr Amobi holds Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Economics from the Howard University, Washington, DC, United States of America (USA), Masters Degree (M.Sc.) in Economics from Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA and also Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree in Economics from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE, USA.
Dr. Amobi has served in different capacities including Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Development Matters, in the Office of the Vice President, Abuja from 2007 to 2011. He was the Investment Policy Adviser for the UK Department for International Development (DfID) funded programme, Growth and Employment in States (GEMS3) and Managing Consultant/Executive Director of Skoup and Company Limited, Enugu. Dr. Amobi was a Strategy Manager at Accenture, and a Relationship Manager at Citibank Nigerian Lagos. Between 1986 and 1992, he was a Lecturer at Howard University as well as an Economic Consultant in the Office of the Chief Economist, South Asia Region of the World Bank in Washington, DC, and in1999 he became a Lecturer in the Graduate School of the Department of Economics, Enugu State University of Technology Business School.
With more than 15 publications including presentations to his credit, Dr. Amobi has consulted widely for some international organizations including World Bank, International Financial Corporation (IFC), UK Department for International Development (DFID). He has also consulted for the Federal Government of Nigeria, some states and local governments in the country. A recipient of Outstanding Research Initiative at Howard University in1991 and Citibank’s Salesperson of the Month for Africa, September 1997 among others, he has been the Chairman of some Federal Government Presidential Committees. These including Presidential Technical Committee on Cassava Production, Presidential Committee on the Arbitration of the Dispute Between Plateau and Nasarawa States over a 1982 Midland Bank (UK) Loan, Editorial Sub-Committee, Nigerian Economic Summit, Economic and Finance Committee, League of Anambra Professionals in his home state. He has been a member of several Nigerian Federal Government Committees including Nigeria Vision 20:2020 National Steering Committee, Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Concession of Nigeria’s Seaports, Technical Committee to Analyze the Design and Cost for Construction of the Niger Delta East-West Coastal Road, Anambra State Governor’s Economic Advisory Council, Nigerian Economic Society; South East Nigeria Economic Commission, American Economic Association; Omicron Delta Epsilon (Econs Honor) to mention but few.