Dr Obadiah Mailafia
Dr.Obadiah Mailafia holds a Bachelors Degree (honours) in Social Sciences from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He is also an Economics graduate of the former Institut international d’administration publique of Paris (now ENA). Dr. Mailafia earned a PhD at the University of Oxford, specializing in International Economics and Development.
He was the Chief Economist in the Planning and Budgeting Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
He was Chef de Cabinet of the SG of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States based in Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Mailafia began his career as a university academic in Nigeria and in the UK. He then joined the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), serving in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and in Tunisia, where he worked as a research economist and as Chief Economist in the Planning and Budgeting Department. Dr. Mailafia was Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) with responsibility for monetary policy, foreign exchange operations, investment management, research, statistics, and cooperation with international institutions. After leaving the Central Bank, he was appointed Special Adviser to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Economic and Policy Matters, being, at the same time, a member of the National Economic Management Team (NEMT). Dr. Mailafia has also been consultant for United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Department for International Development (DFID) and several other reputable international organizations.