Obiageli Ezekwesili new Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin

03.09.2019, 09:11


Obiageli Ezekwesili, an economic policy expert and Senior Adviser at the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative will spend a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellowship at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin from September 2019 to February 2020. She is a co-founder of the global anti-corruption group, Transparency International and formerly a Vice President of World Bank’s Africa program, a former cabinet minister of minerals and later of education of her country, Nigeria.

The Robert Bosch Academy is an institution of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and offers decision-makers, opinion leaders, and experts the space for confidential exchanges and solution-oriented cooperation on global affairs. The Richard von Weizsäcker Fellowship offers a residency of several months in Berlin to outstanding personalities from around the world. Residencies at the Robert Bosch Academy provide fellows with the intellectual and physical space to pursue individual research and outreach activities on topics beyond their normal professional commitments. To foster dialogue with the German and international public, the Robert Bosch Academy organizes activities tailored to the background and interests of the respective fellow. Since its foundation in 2014, more than 65 decision-makers and experts from around the world have spent a residency at the Academy. You will find more information on the Robert Bosch Academy online.

During her fellowship, Obiageli Ezekwesili, a technocrat who recently ventured into politics and ran for President of Nigeria in the 2019 election, will investigate the nexus between politics and the unsatisfying results of the nation-building process of Nigeria and more broadly, Africa. She plans to propose as well as execute a rescue plan to convert her country and continent’s huge endowment of natural and human resources into lasting assets for equitable economic growth and development as a pathway for attaining political stability and economic prosperity.


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