EZEKWESILI, Dr. Obiageli Katryn(CFR)

Born April 28, 1963
Oby Ezekweseli is a leading Chartered Accountant who was co-founder of global anticorruption group, Transparency International. She is also one of the co-conveners of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign to find the 300 Nigerian schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in 2014. Oby Ezekwesili has held several keys positions within the Nigerian government including senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence, Minister of Minerals Resources and Minister for Education. On October 8, 2018, Oby Ezekwesili formally declared her intention to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as she picked the presidential ticket of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) to contest the February 2019 election.
Gender: Female
Name of Spouse Pastor Chinedu Ezekwesili
Father's Name
Mother's Name
Profession Chartered Accountant , Administrator , Activist , Politician
Working Experience

Senior Economic Adviser, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative; Co-founder, Bring Back Our Girls Movement

Previous Appointments:

– Auditor, Management and Financial Services Consultant, Deloitte & Touche;

– Co-founder/ Director, Transparency International Africa, 1994-1999;

– Director, Harvard-Nigeria Economic Strategy program, 2000-2002;

– Senior Special Assistant, President of Nigeria on Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence, 2003;

– Chairperson, Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, 2004;

– Federal Minister, Solid Minerals, Nigeria, June 2005 – June 2006;

– Federal Minister, Education, Nigeria, June 2006- April 2007;

– Vice President, World Bank Africa Division, May 1, 2007-2012;

– Independent Director, Bharti Airtel Limited, September 26, 2012-September 25, 2015

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Lagos, Lagos State; Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


– Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR);
– Recipient, Forbes Woman Africa Social Influencer Award, 2019;
– Recipient, Vanguard Award (by Howard University, Washington, DC), 2019.


– Honorary Doctor of Science (DSC) degree, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Osun State.



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