I am the Officer-in-Charge (Division Manager) for the Macroeconomic Policy, Debt Sustainability and Forecasting Division of the African Development Bank. I am also a Chief Research Economist with the Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting, and Research Department of the African Development Bank. I am a lecturer (on leave of absence) at the Department of Economics, University of Uyo, Nigeria. I started my career at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja. Previously, I had been Visiting Scholar at the IMF and have been involved in consulting and contract research jobs for AfDB, IDRC, United Nations University-WIDER, Africa Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and UNEP, among many others. My primary research interest is in monetary and fiscal open-economy macroeconomics, including debt sustainability analysis, economic forecasting, central banking and trade policy, with stints in finance and environment.
I completed my BSc in Economics at the University of Uyo, where I emerged with a First Class degree and the University valedictorian in my year of graduation. Then I proceeded to Simon Fraser University (SFU), British Columbia, Canada, where I obtained an MA in Economics with scholarships from the Graduate School at SFU and the Nigerian government. I hold a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, which was also fully funded with fellowships from the Federal Government of Nigeria.