Prof Akpan Hogan Ekpo
Economist and Professor with a heartbeat for Africa’s transformation.

Akpan Hogan Ekpo, professor of economics and Fellow of the Nigerian Economic Society has a mission: The economic transformation of Africa. He has devoted his entire career to researching, teaching and developing strategies to drive growth and progress. Ekpo has an intimidating credential: Chairman, Foundation for Economic Research and Training (FERT) Lagos; former Director-General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) Lagos; former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo, former director of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He also served as director of Vmobile (now Airtel) and has advised and held several government appointments in Nigeria. He was chairman, Akwa Ibom State Investment and Industrial Promotion Council, chairman, Ministerial Advisory Committee, Federal Ministry of Finance; member Utilities Charges Commission; member, CBN Monetary Policy Committee; member, National Economic Management Team 2008-2009 and Technical Adviser to Vision 2010 among many others.

Born June 26, 1954, Ekpo received his bachelors and masters degrees in Economics from Howard University, Washington, DC, and MA and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has lectured in several universities in the USA, Africa and Nigeria as tenured and visiting professor. Professor Ekpo has held several positions in the academia – head of department, Dean of Faculty, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor. From 1996-1998, he was Visiting Scholar to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Professor Ekpo has published over 200 articles in revered national and international journals, chapters in books and other scholarly outlets. He has written five books, edited two and consults for several national and international organizations such as the National Planning Commission, National Manpower Board, African Capacity Building Foundation, World Bank, African Economic Research Consortium, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, European Commission, Forum of Federations (Canada), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), among others.

In April, he was named chairman of the state Post COVID-19 Economic Reconstruction Committee by Governor Udom Emmanuel and following the submission of recommendation by that committee, appointed to head a five-man implementation team.

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