The Harvard Kennedy School of Government has appointed a Nigerian, Mr. Patrick Okigbo III, as a Senior Fellow of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Okigbo will join 17 other distinguished professionals from business and government to address issues at the interface of public and private sectors.
A statement issued on Wednesday by Ms. Victoria Omachi of Nextier Capital Limited, said that the Senior Fellows roles would strengthen the connection between theory and practice, offering both faculty and students insights to the nature of social problems and their most practical solutions.
As a Senior Fellow, Okigbo’s research will be on “Rebuilding the Falling House: Technology Innovations and Africa’s Renaissance”, Omachi stated while disclosing that his faculty sponsor is Harvard Professor John Haigh, the Co-Director of the M-RCBG with Larry Summers and Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School.
According to Omachi, the research underpins Okigbo’s conviction that Africa can leapfrog to the next frontier of development by leveraging ubiquitous technology innovations to address many of her governance and development challenges.
“Okigbo is the Founder of Nextier Advisory, a public policy advisory firm with a focus on improving governance and development outcomes in Africa. Nextier works with major government institutions and international development partners. It is the local implementing partner of two of the most extensive infrastructure-focused development programmes in Nigeria. Nextier manages grants from top foundations including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and George Soros-funded Open Society Initiative for West Africa.”
“Okigbo holds a Bachelor of Agriculture degree from the University of Nigeria, a Masters in Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School of Emory University in Atlanta, and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.
“He sits on the board of Tenece, a technology services firm with operations in four African countries and the United Arab Emirates. He is a Global Advisor to Energy for Growth Hub, a Washington D.C.-based energy solutions institution. Okigbo serves on several Federal and State government committees and is a trusted advisor to several senior public sector actors.
“Earlier in his career, he was a consultant with Accenture, Vice President with Citigroup in New York and Washington DC; Chief Financial Officer at Transcorp Plc.; and a Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan”, she added.