The President of the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation (IGET) and former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Kingsley Moghalu, will be the Guest Speaker for the 2018 Annual Public Lecture of the University of Nigeria, Nsukkaâ€™s Department of Economics on February 13, 2018.
The former central banker will speak on the topic, â€˜Innovation and the Wealth of Nations: A Case for an Innovation Economy in Nigeria.â€™
â€œI warmly look forward to returning to my alma mata university and engaging with students and faculty in this knowledge exchange,â€ Moghalu said in statement.
He added: â€œScientific innovation built the wealth of the rich countries of the world. Our natural resources have been a curse and not a blessing, so we must now think beyond crude oil and join the 21st century with an innovation-driven economy. This requires strong and focused public policyâ€.
Moghalu had pressed the case for an innovation economy in African countries in his book â€œEmerging Africa: How the Global Economyâ€™s Last Frontier Can Prosper and Matterâ€, published to global critical acclaim in 2014 by Penguin Books in London, UK. He was appointed Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy at Tufts Universityâ€™s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, one of the worldâ€™s top graduate schools of international affairs, in Massachusetts, USA after he completed his five-year tenure as Deputy Governor of the CBN in November 2017.
He taught the course â€œEmerging Africa in the World Economyâ€ before returning to Nigeria in late 2017 and founding IGET. The institute is a think and do-tank with a mission to educate Nigerian citizens on leadership, governance and inclusive economic growth.