Dr. Kingsley Obiora
Dr. Obiora is Deputy Governor (Economic Policy) at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Prior to this, he was an Alternate Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, USA, where he was a member of the Executive Board responsible for conducting the daily operations of the IMF and assisted representation of 23 African countries at the Board.
He joined the IMF in 2007, working in the European Department and the Strategy, Policy and Review.
Department, focusing on exchange rate assessment, debt sustainability analyses, decoupling and spillovers, real sector analyses, and several reviews of Financial Sector Assessments. He also worked at the West African Monetary Institute and the Centre for Econometric and Allied Research at the University of Ibadan.
He was Special Adviser on Economic Matters to the Governor of the CBN for four years until 2018, with his extensive international and national economic experience helping the Bank understand and deal with the external shocks emanating from the drop in oil prices. He was Technical Adviser to Nigeria’s National Economic Management Team and Special Assistant to President Jonathan’s Chief Economic Adviser, playing key roles in shaping the country’s economic policies on several fronts, including energy subsidies, power sector reform, measurement of job creation, architecture of development financing, regulatory framework for doing business and asset-based economic mapping and modeling.
He has a degree from the University of Benin and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Economics from the University of Ibadan.