Nnadozie Heads African Capacity Building Foundation

Emmanuel Nnadozie, an economist, has become the first Nigerian to head the African Capacity Building Foundation, after 21 years of its existence

By Maureen Chigbo  |  Jan. 20, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT

EMMANUEL Nnadozie, an economist and development expert, has become the first Nigerian executive secretary to head the African Capacity Building Foundation, ACBF. The ACBF is charged with developing human and institutional capacity for sustainable growth and poverty reduction in Africa. The ACBF, based in Harare, Zimbabwe, was established by African countries in 1991, as a continental centre of excellence for capacity building with the help of international organisations such as the World Bank, African Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund. According to a press released dated January 6, and signed by Paul Okolo, communications consultant, Nnadozie, who has since resumed duty was formerly a director at the Macroeconomic Policy Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA, in Addis Ababa.

He was previously director, Economic Development and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, NEPAD, Division at the Commission and chief economist, serving as adviser to the executive secretary. He joined the UN agency in 2004 and in different positions helped to coordinate the UN system’s assistance to the African Union Commission and its agencies, including the NEPAD. He also played a key role in the development of the African Peer Review Mechanism, APRM.  Among other achievements, he also successfully coordinated the production of the highly acclaimed annual Economic Report on Africa from 2010 to 2013.

Before joining UNECA in 2004, he was professor of Economics at the Truman State University, formerly Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Missouri, Unite3d States of America. He was a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 1996 to 1997, and was also a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Nnadozie obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and got his PhD from the University of Paris at the Sorbonne in 1987. He is the author of many books and a contributor to leading academic journals.  Among titles to his credit are “Innovative Financing for Development: Opportunities and Policy Options for Africa” and “Aid and Development Effectiveness in Least Developed Countries.”

He has flair for languages and can speak English, French,  Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo,  his mother tongue.