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Prof. Kevin Chika Urama

Senior Advisor to the President on Inclusive and Green Growth – Strategy, Policy Development & Implementation, African Development Bank Group (AfDB)

Professor Kevin Chika Urama advises the President of the AfDB on strategy, policy development and implementation of activities to achieve inclusive and green growth in Africa. He guides and supports Bank-wide efforts on energy, climate change, agriculture and natural resources management; provides technical advice to the Bank’s Senior Management Coordination Committee to ensure cross-complex coordination and alignment of activities to deliver on the strategic priorities of the Bank to accelerate delivery on the ground in countries and across regions. 

He also serves on various boards and global research committees to deliver inclusive green growth and sustainable development. He was the inaugural President of the African Society for Ecological Economics, and Deputy Chairman of the OMFIF Economists Network. He is widely published in various media and has served on / contributed to many international and inter-governmental scientific panels/reports including the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC); Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP); the International Resource Panel (IRP); the OECD Green Growth and Poverty Reduction Task Team; the UNESCO Governing Board of the International Research and Training Centre for Science and Technology Strategy (CISTRAT), Beijing, China; and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Advisory Committee; the High-Level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020; among others. 

Professor Urama holds a First Class Honours degree and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka; a Master of Philosophy degree with distinction and a Ph.D. in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, UK.