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Task Force Co-Chairs

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director of the World Bank

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a director of the World Bank, was Nigeria’s Finance Minister and then briefly Foreign Affairs Minister from 2003 to 2006, the first woman to hold either position.

During her tenure as Finance Minister, she worked to combat corruption, make Nigeria’s finances more transparent, and institute reforms to make the nation’s economy more hospitable to foreign investment. The government unlinked its budget from the price of oil, its main export, to lessen perennial cash flow crises, and got oil companies to publish how much they pay the government.

David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at the Harvard School of Public Health

Professor Bloom has published over 200 articles and books in the fields of economics and demography.

Professor Bloom’s current research interests include labor economics, health, demography, and the environment. He has written extensively on the linkages between health status and economic growth; the effects of population change on economic development; the determinants of wages, fringe benefits, and total family income; the adjudication of labor disputes; the measurement of discrimination; the emerging world labor market; the effects of rapid population growth; the economics of municipal solid waste; the sociology and economics of marriage and fertility; and the global spread and economic impacts of HIV and AIDS.

Professor Bloom has served as a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Asian Development Bank.

Bloom currently serves as the Director of the Harvard University Program on Global Demography and Aging and the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Task Force Members

Alhaji Lamido Ado Bayero, the Chiroman [Crown Prince] Kano

First son of the Royal house and Ciroman Kano as well as District Head of Gwale, a lawyer by profession and a revered personality whose contributions in the development of the ancient city state have impacted both on the public service and traditional institution for which he is part and parcel.

Donald Duke, Governor of the Cross River State, 1999-2007

Donald Duke was the Governor of Cross River State from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007. He has been at the helm of affairs of the State since the commencement of the present democratic dispensation in Nigeria. He received LLB degree in 1982 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria – Nigeria, the B.L in 1983 from the Nigerian Law School and the L.L.M. in Business Law and Admiralty in 1984 from University of Pennsylvania.

Duke has been appraised for his contributions to the fields of agriculture, urban development, government, environment, information and communication, investment drive, and tourism.

Duke also created TINAPA, an eco-tourism project with a strategic location in Calabar, in the West African sub-region. Proximity to central Africa, coupled with the huge market potential of the two sub-regions, makes the TINAPA Business Resort an attractive investment.

Frank Nweke, Director General, Nigeria Economic Summit Group

Mr Frank Nweke, Jnr, the Nigerian former Minister of Information and National Orientation. He holds a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Zoology from the Federal University of Technology, Yola and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. He has attended management courses at the Kennedy school of Government, Harvard University. He is also Director General of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group.

Mr. Nweke, who previously managed a successful family business, had his initial working relationship with the Public Sector in the year 1999, as a resident consultant to the Enugu State Government, on development planning and general public sector reforms. He was Coordinator of the Enugu State Community Development Programme from the year 2000-2001.

In June 2001, as a result of his track record of performance in his previous assignment, Mr. Nweke was appointed as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Enugu State, a position he held until June 2003, when he was appointed the Federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Duties. His drive for excellence and personal commitment to duty led to the expansion of his portfolio with the addition of the Youth Development Department, thus he became Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Special Duties and Youth Development in April, 2004.

Mr. Nweke worked tirelessly to ensure the advancement of issues that are important to the Youth in Nigeria and succeeded like no other in bringing the issues of Youth Development to the front burner of the National agenda. His efforts did not go unnoticed and he was retained as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria after a cabinet change in July 2005, with a greater responsibility as the Minister of Information and National Orientation, an office he occupied till May 2007. Presently, he is studying at Harvard University, and is married with children.

Lord Triesman, Chairman of England’s Football Association

The first independent Chairman of England’s Football Association, a keen football fan and former grassroots player, coach and referee, he has been a Government Minister since 2004, initially as a Government Whip, then at the Foreign Office and latterly at the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

Pat Utomi, Director of The Centre For Applied Economics at Lagos Business School

Pat Utomi, a professor of political economy and management expert is a Nigerian entrepreneur whose ultimate goal is to positively affect humanity.

He was director of research and corporate affairs, News Training Consultancy, Lagos; chairman/chief executive officer, Patike Communications Limited. In 1982, he was appointed special assistant to President Shehu Shagari. Following the demise of the Second Republic, he became chairman/chief executive officer, Utomapp Holdings Limited, 1984-86, and assistant general manager, corporate affairs, Volkswagen of Nigeria Limited, Lagos, 1983-93.

Utomi joined the Lagos Business School, now part of the Pan African University, in 1994. He was scholar-in-residence, American University, Washington DC, USA, 1996 and research associate, the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 1996.

He also belongs to many professional bodies. He is a member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, Institute of Directors, IOD, Nigerian Economic Summit Group and Nigerian Economic Society.

He coordinated the establishment of several civil society groups on good governance and accountability such as Transparency in Nigeria,The Centre for Values in Leadership, The Concerned Professionals, and the Restoration Group. In the business sphere, Utomi is the vice-chairman, Platinium–Habib Bank. He is an accomplished columnist, and chairman, BusinessDay Media Limited and creator of Patito’s Gang, a television talk show. Utomi has published several books on political economy and management.

Maryam Uwais, Principal Partner, Wali Uwais & co

Mrs. Maryam Uwais obtained an LLB, as well as an LLM, from the University of Ahmadu Bello Zaria, Nigeria and was called into the Nigerian Bar.  She further obtained a Certificate in Legal Drafting and a Certificate in Advanced Practice and Procedure from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Lagos. She attended the College of Law England and Wales International Practice Diploma Programme and graduated with a diploma in International Business Organization.

She started her professional career with the Ministry of Justice , kano State Nigeria where she rose from pupil to senior state counsel. She later joined the Nigerian law reform commission, as a law research officer and further moved on to the Central Bank of Nigeria where she rose to the post of Senior Bank Examiner. She then joined Wali Uwais & co in private practice as a principal partner, where she works till date.

She is a member of several associations which include: Nigerian Bar Association; International Bar Association, National Human Rights Commission, Nigeria, Bureau of Public Enterprise Steering Committee on Anti-Trust and competition, Justice sector reform Group, WOTCLEF Technical Committee on the preparation of a draft National Policy against Child Labour, Governing Council, Crescent University, a licensed Islamic University in Nigeria, Sight savers Nigeria inc, Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK),2006, Nigerian Leadership initiative, Coalition against Tobacco, Women In Successful Careers Advisory board, Initiative Climate Advisory council, Technical team supporting the Gender Electoral Memorandum committee amongst several others.
She was appointed Special Rapporteur, Rights of child, National human rights commission, Nigeria; January 2001 and also re appointed for the years 2005-2009.

Mrs. Uwais has attended several conferences which includes; 1st  world women lawyers conference (IBA) held  in London, UK, OAU/UNICEF Forum on African Children held in Cairo, World conference against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance held in Durban South Africa, United Nations special session on Children held in New York among a host of others.

Task Force Secretariat

  • David Steven, Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University
  • Salal Humair, Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

David Steven, Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University

David is the director of the Task Force secretariat. He is a fellow at the Center on International Cooperation, where he specializes in risk and resilience at international and national levels. David is a Demos associate, a member of the advisory board of JLT’s World Risk Review, and a board director of the consultancy, River Path Associates. His research interests include scarcity and climate, demographic change, and new approaches to influence and foreign policy. David is the co-editor, with Alex Evans, of Global Dashboard, the global risk and foreign policy website.

Salal Humair, Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Salal is co-director of the Task Force secretariat. He is visiting the Harvard School of Public Health from the Lahore University of Management Sciences’ School of Science and Engineering (LUMS SSE), Pakistan’s first private research school for science and engineering. He is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering Systems and Operations Research at the school. Salal was part of SSE’s founding team and served as its Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Development from December 2007-January 2009, helping build the faculty and staff teams that launched the SSE in Fall 2008.