Dr. Nwanze Okidegbe, the president and founder of Ike Foundation for Autism. He was appointed Chief Economic Adviser to the President of Nigeria in July 2011. In that capacity, he provided the President with evidence-based advice on critical economic issues confronting the country. He led a number of initiatives to support the transformation of the Nigerian economy, including a comprehensive review of the regulatory framework to improve economic efficiency and job creation.
Dr. Okidegbe served in a number of economic policy teams — the National Economic Management Team, the National Economic Council, the National Council on Privatization, and the Economic Management Implementation Team.
Prior to that, Dr. Okidegbe spent over 30 years in various capacities at the World Bank in Washington, DC. He retired as a Policy and Strategy Adviser, and later worked as a Senior Consultant to the Bank. During his time at the World Bank, he managed several projects and programs, and conducted high-level policy dialogue with senior government officials.
Dr. Okidegbe designed and implemented development projects and programs in more than 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, he has expertise and extensive experience in the design and implementation of public expenditure programs and management, public-private sector partnerships, safety net and vulnerability, rural financial markets, monitoring and evaluation; he has authored a number of analytical publications, discussion papers and thematic studies.
Dr. Okidegbe served on a number of international task forces, including the Millennium Project—Hunger Task force, World Summit on Sustainable Development—Water, Energy, Health, Agriculture and Biodiversity task forces under the UN agenda that contributed to setting the agricultural and rural development agenda for sustainable development and expanding programs for achieving MDGs.
Dr. Okidegbe obtained PhD in Economics (Howard University, 1980); Masters and Bachelors degrees in Economics from the same University. He also completed Masters in Business Administration (Accounting) from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.