Professor Akpan H. Ekpo graduated from Howard University, Washington, DC, U.S.A with a Bachelor’s degree (Cum laude – with honors) in Economics and obtained the Ph.D in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. His areas of interest include Economic Theory (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics), Public Sector and Quantitative Methods. He has lectured in several universities in the USA, Africa and Nigeria. Professor Ekpo has advised all levels of government and held several government appointments in Nigeria. He was adviser to the Calabar Municipal Government, Akwa Ibom State Government and Chairman of its Investment Council from 1999-2007. From 1994-98, he was chairman, Ministerial Advisory Committee, Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja; member of the board of the Utilities Charges Commission 2005-2007; Non-Executive Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria 2005-2009; CBN’s Monetary Policy Committee, 2005-2009; National Economic Management Team 2008-2009; Steering Committee of both Vision 2010 and 2020. In 2001, he was honoured with the National Productivity Merit Award by the President of Nigeria; in 2003, he received the Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Africa Leadership Award in Accra, Ghana.
Professor Ekpo has had an outstanding academic career. He has held several positions in the academia – head of department, Dean of Faculty, and Deputy Vice-chancellor. From 1996-19998, he was Visiting Scholar to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. In 2000-005 he was appointed Vice-chancellor of the Federal University of Uyo. Professor Ekpo was Editor of the prestigious Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies from 1996-2003. He is a life member of the Nigerian Economic Society and was its President from 2007-2009. In 2012, he was conferred with the fellowship of the Nigerian Economic Society. He is also a member of several national and international professional bodies. He has published over 200 articles in refereed national and international journals, chapters in books and other scholarly outlets. He has written five books. He is on the editorial board of several scholarly journals. Professor Ekpo is a consultant to 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) etc.
Presently, he is the Director General, West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management, owned by the Central Banks of the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone with headquarters in Lagos. Professor Ekpo is married to Njeri and they are blessed with children and grandchildren. For details of his CV, see www.akpanhekpo.com.