OSITA OGBU was educated at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he graduated in 1979 and at Howard University in Washington D.C., USA where he obtained a Ph.D. in Economics in 1988. He also has a certificate from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Education - an honorary award from the National Academy for Education to underscore his many contributions to education in Africa and Nigeria. He was a Visiting Fellow/Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. [No1 Think Thank in the World] from January to April, 2012. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.
He is a Professor of Economics and current Director of the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also currently the MD/CEO of the African Development Solutions International [ADSI], a knowledge-based consulting firm, based in Abuja, Nigeria. [ADSI specializes in policy research and soft-skills training, including attitudinal and behavioral change training, youth empowerment, leadership and change management].
He was the immediate past Chairman of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) in Ibadan, Nigeria. He was the Economic Adviser to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and CEO of the National Planning Commission (Minister of National Planning) from 2005 to 2006 with supervisory oversight for 3 important parastatals: the National Bureau of Statistics; the Center for Management Development; and the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research. Prof. Ogbu, was the Deputy Leader of the famous Economic Team under President Obasanjo.
He was a Consultant Research Economist in the Africa Region of the World Bank in Washington D.C between 1987 and 1991. He worked for the International Development Research Centre of Canada in Ottawa and at the regional office in Nairobi as a Senior Program Specialist from 1991 to 2001. He was the founder Executive Director/CEO of the autonomous African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) in Nairobi from 2001 to 2005. [ATPS is an international institution with chapters in 25 African countries set up to propagate the critical importance of science and technology for Africa’s development].
Prof. Ogbu has published and edited several books on African development as well as scholarly peer reviewed papers on a wide range of Africa’s developmental challenges. His views on development and science and technology policy in Africa are respected internationally and he is a leading figure and champion of Africa’s intellectual freedom.
He serves on the following boards: The African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), Nairobi, Kenya; The Clement Isong Foundation; and Anchor Insurance Company (Nig.) Ltd.
Prof. Ogbu is a teacher, a development economist, a policy studies expert, a youth mentor, a public speaker, a public affairs commentator, an international consultant and an author. He has travelled to over 40 countries mostly for professional engagements.
He is also a novelist; the author of the novel, The Moon Also Sets, published by the East African Educational Publishers, Nairobi and Heinemann Educational Books, Ibadan. He was a past President of the Rotary Club of Milimani, Nairobi and a Paul Harris Fellow. Prof. Ogbu is married to Dr. (Mrs.) Ogugua Osi-Ogbu and they have 3 children, Ikeme, Adaora and Oforma.