Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili is a chartered accountant, former Nigerian Minister of Education, former Vice President, for the World Bank.
Dr Ezekwesili served as Vice-President for the World Bank’s program in Africa and was responsible for a portfolio of about $40 Billion and the delivery of projects, economic and sectoral work in 47 Sub-Saharan countries.
She was until recently the Senior Economic Advisor to Open Society, aimed at building vibrant
andtolerantsocietieswithdemocratically accountable governments. She currently runs the Africa
Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI), which provides policy expertise and advisory support to
African Heads of Government and their cabinets.
Dr Ezekwesili holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, and a Master’s in Public administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. The University of Agriculture in Abeokuta awarded her an honorary Doctor of Science
degree in 2012.
In 2016 the University of Essex Business School also awarded her an honorary Doctorate Degree in
Business in recognition of her role in promoting economic and social justice in African countries.
Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili is a fellow of the Society of Project Management and Development
Professionals International and also serves as a Member of the Advisory Board.
She is happily married and blessed with children.