Akpan Hogan Ekpo, FNES, is a Nigerian Economist, Educator, and Consultant with a heartbeat for Africa's development.

He is currently the Chairman of the Foundation for Economic Research and Training (FERT) Lagos, Nigeria. He was the Director General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) in Lagos, Nigeria from May 2009 to December 2018. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Ekpo is also a former Director at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria on June 26, 1954, Ekpo received a scholarship from the Federal Government of Nigeria to attend University in the United States of America, after completing his secondary school education. He graduated from Howard University, Washington, DC, USA, in 1976 with a Bachelor’s degree (Cum laude – ­with honors) in Economics and obtained a Masters in Economics from the same University. He was in the Dean’s List of the University throughout his undergraduate studies and on full scholarship based on his academic performance. In 1975, as the best and honors student, he won the American Economic Association Fellowship to study briefly at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA. In 1980 and 1983 he obtained the MA and PhD degrees in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Teaching Career

Akpan Hogan Ekpo has lectured in several universities in the USA, Africa and Nigeria. As a lecturer in the University of Calabar, he was commended for excellence in research and publications in 1987 by the authorities of the University. He was appointed Visiting Professor of Economics by the University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe in 1989.

His areas of interest include Economic Theory (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics), Public Sector and Quantitative Methods. He has attended several continuing and executive education programmes at the World Bank Institute, Harvard University and the University of Oxford, UK.

Government Positions Held

Professor Ekpo has advised and held several government appointments in Nigeria.​ He was adviser to the Calabar Municipal Government and Managing Director of its Investment Company. He was Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Investment Council from 1999-2007. From 1994-98, he was chairman, Ministerial Advisory Committee, Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja. Member of the board of the Utilities Charges Commission 2005- 2007, Abuja; Non-Executive Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria 2005-2009; Central Bank of Nigeria Monetary Policy Committee, 2005-2009; National Economic Management Team 2008-2009; Technical Adviser to Vision 2010; Member Steering Committee of Vision 2020. In 2001, he was honoured with the National Productivity Merit Award by the President of Nigeria; in 2003/ he received the Dr. Kwame Nkrumah Africa Leadership Award in Accra, Ghana.

Academic Career

Professor Ekpo has had an outstanding academic career. ​He has held several positions in the academia – head of department, Dean of Faculty, and ‘Deputy Vice-chancellor and Vice-chancellor. From 1996-19998, he was Visiting Scholar to the World Bank and the international Monetary Fund. In 2000, he was appointed Vice-chancellor of the Federal University of Uyo. In 2005, he was the pioneer Vice-chancellor, Akwa Ibom State University of Science and Technology – a position he resigned from in 2007 to return to the Department of Economics, University of Uyo. He was commended by the National Universities Commission (NUC) for his performance as Vice-chancellor from 2000- 2005. Professor Ekpo was Editor of the prestigious Nigerian Journal of Economic and Social Studies from 1996-2003. He is a life member of the Nigerian Economic Society and was its President from 2007-2009. In 2012, he was conferred with the fellowship of the Nigerian Economic Society. He is also a member of the Nigerian Statistical, Association, American Economic Association} Royal Economic Society, Institute of Public Finance (Germany), African Finance and Economic Association (USA), National Economic Association (USA), among others. He has attended over 180 national and international professional conferences and has presented papers in most of them.

Board Memberships

Professor Akpan H. Ekpo has also served in several boards of companies and Non-governmental organizations. ​He was a member of the board of Vmobile (now Airtel); he is a member of the African Heritage Institution in Enugu, Nigeria, African Population Health and Research Centre in Nairobi, Kenya and the Bamanga Tukur Centre for International trade in Port Harcourt, Nigeria as well as the Clement Isong Foundation, Nigeria.

Research and Writings

He has published over 200 articles in refereed national and international journals, chapters in books and other scholarly outlets. He has written five books and edited two. He is in the editorial board of several scholarly journals. He is a regular columnist with the Tell Magazine in Nigeria. 


Professor Ekpo is a consultant to several national and international organizations such as the National Planning Commission, National Manpower Board, African Capacity Building Foundation, World Bank, African Economic Research Consortium, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, European Commission, Forum of Federations (Canada), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), among others.

Family Life

Professor Ekpo is married to Rev (Mrs) Njeri M. Ekpo. They both met while attending Howard University. Njeri was a fellow Howard student from Kenya. They have been married for over 40 years. Their marriage is blessed with four children and nine grandchildren.

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