Office of the

Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer

Prof. Eric Eboh

Eric Eboh holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of Nigeria and is currently Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Nigeria, since 2002.

Prof. Eboh currently serves as the Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer of Delta State, Nigeria, charged with the responsibility of planning, designing, implementing and coordinating job and wealth creation programmes of the state government. He has held this position since July 2015 to date.

As Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer, he functions as the Chief Executive Officer and Head, Delta State Job and Wealth Creation Bureau. Among other functions and responsibilities in the state government, Prof. Eric Eboh serves as the Chairman, Agro-Industrial Parks Project Implementation Committee, Member, State Government’s Economic Management Team and Chairman, Delta State Foods Export Initiative.

He served as Executive Director, African Institute for Applied Economics (AIAE), Enugu, Nigeria, from 2003-2011 and as Director, University of Nigeria Distance Learning Programme (UNN-DLP), from 2012-2015. Also, he was the pioneer President, Agricultural Policy Research Network (APRNet), Abuja, Nigeria, from 2009-2015. He was a member of the Ministerial Policy Working & Advisory Group, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, from 2014-2015.

His research and professional interests include policy frameworks and economic governance, strategic planning and programmes development, agricultural value chain development and resources and environmental economics.

Prof. Eboh has robust experiences in conceptualizing, planning, coordinating, implementing and managing national and international policy studies, action research projects and research networks. He has provided scientific leadership, programme management and team coordination for more than 65 development and research/study projects at the international and national levels since 1989.

Since 1990, Prof. Eboh has undertaken many international research fellowships with agencies, among which are: Social Science Research Council of America/American Council of Learned Societies, New York, USA, African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Nairobi, Kenya, African Development Foundation (ADF), Washington D.C.; International Foundation for Science (IFS), Stockholm, Sweden and Council for Development of Social and Economic Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal and African Technology Studies Network (ATPS), Nairobi, Kenya.

Prof. Eboh is a very engaged and productive and professional, credited with more than one hundred (100) development research reports, technical papers, background studies and discussion/policy papers. In addition, he has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications including Research Papers, Working Papers and journal articles plus seven (7) books on main interest topics/issues.

Prof. Eboh has served meritoriously in several international professional and expert panels and commissions. They include: Scientific Panel Member, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Scientific Panel on Sustainable Resource Management, Paris, France, 2010-2012; Scientific Advisor, Climate Change Studies in Nigeria (Climate Sense Programme), African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS), Nairobi, Kenya, 2010-2012; Member, Global Expert Panel on Development Paradigms post-MDGs, coordinated by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Ottawa, Canada; and Member, Independent Scientific Panel of the African Sanitation Think Tank – the Intergovernmental Pan-African Agency Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA).

Prof. Eboh has been profusely involved in capacity building and technical assistance for institutions and human resources under the auspices of several multilateral and bilateral agencies in Nigeria including UK DFID NIGERIA, USAID NIGERIA, EU-NIGERIA, African Development Bank (ADB), World Bank Nigeria, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), African Union Peer Review Mechanism, NEPAD, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Similarly, Prof. Eboh has provided technical assistance in policy development, monitoring and evaluation for Federal Government of Nigeria Ministries, Departments And Agencies (MDAs) including: National Planning Commission (NPC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Federal Ministry of Environment (FME), Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry (FMCI), Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), Office of Special Assistant to the President on MDGs (OSSAP-MDGs) and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), National Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN), National Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).

Since 1990, Prof. Eboh has participated in more than 60 international workshops, development networks and conferences, seminars and meetings Africa, Europe, Asia and U.S.A.

Prof. Eboh is a member of professional bodies including Nigerian Association of Agricultural Economists (NAAE), Agricultural Society of Nigeria (ASN), African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE) and African Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AFAERE) as well as member of Governing Council, Institute for Public Policy Analysis and Management (IPPAM).

In recent years, Prof. Eric Eboh advanced professional development through certificate courses as follows: Project Appraisal and Risk Management, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke Centre for International Development, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA, May 16 -June 14 2010; Public Budgeting and Fiscal Management, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Atlanta, USA., July 21 -August 7 2011; and Authentic Leadership Programme, Harvard Business School, Boston, USA., July 29-August 3, 2018.

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