Chienye Ogwo, a former top executive of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Initiative for Governance
Ogwo had led change management at Union Bank, where she was responsible for developing strategies for the smooth implementation of the bank’s transformation initiatives, and facilitating buy-in among internal and external stakeholders.
“After a rigorous search and selection process by the Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce Ogwo’s appointment and to welcome her on board the AIG,” the AIG Founder and Chairman, Mr. Aigboje AigImoukhuede, said in a statement on Thursday.
He added, “Ogwo brings a valuable blend of experience to the organisation and we look forward to working with her as we forge ahead towards the attainment of our goals.”
In June 2016, AIG signed a five-year partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford.
Under this partnership, the AIG will, starting 2017, make available five scholarships yearly to outstanding Nigerians and Ghanaians to pursue a Master of Public Policy degree at the BSG, University of Oxford.
Upon graduation, the AIG scholars will be expected to return to their home country and apply their learning experience as change agents in their country’s public sector.
The AIG will also, every year, award the AIG Fellowship, to be undertaken at BSG University of Oxford, to one outstanding senior public service official in Nigeria or Ghana.”
In October 2016, AIG announced Professor Attahiru Jega, former Executive Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission as the first AIG Fellow of Practice.
Commenting on her appointment, Ogwo was quoted to have said, “These are exciting times for Africa Initiative for Governance and I am very delighted to join the organisation in this role.
“AIG’s mission is to work with governments, academic institutions and other partners to transform public sector performance and I am excited at the opportunity that we have to work together to revive the virtues of good public service and to make that sector attractive to the brightest minds.”
Ogwo is a lawyer and trained journalist with over 16 years’ combined experience in organisational transformation and stakeholder management, strategic communication and legal practice.
She has an LL.B from the University of Lagos, a B.L. from the Nigerian Law School and an M.S. in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
The AIG works with governments, academic institutions and other partners to improve governance and transform public sector performance.
The AIG’s pioneering initiative brings proven private sector innovation, leadership and funding in a private-public partnership to attract, inspire and support future leaders of Africa’s public sector.
With AIG’s continuing support, these high-calibre individuals will be able to drive best practice standards of governance in Africa, ensuring sustainable economic growth and social justice.