Nwamaka Ogbonna is a Political Economist and International Development professional. She graduated with First class honours in Economics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana and holds a Masters in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she studied on a full scholarship. She is currently an Mphil. candidate in Development Studies at the University of Oxford, UK.
Nwamaka’s work experience has largely focused on entrepreneurship and private sector development. She led the Monitoring and Evaluation team at the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Nigeria measuring the impact of the largest entrepreneurship initiative in Africa – the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme – which funds, trains and mentors 1000 African entrepreneurs annually. She also completed a graduate internship at the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) New York – the world’s largest Corporate sustainability initiative. There, she worked with the Partnerships team, fostering relationships between the UN and the private sector.
Nwamaka runs one of the leading blogs on Economics, Politics and International Development in Nigeria (ogbonnanwamaka.com) where she provides commentary and analysis on contemporary economic and political issues in Nigeria and the world at large. Her writing has been featured on the Africa at LSE Blog, the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Africa Research Institute (ARI). She is also a well sought-out Public Speaker, speaking at several local and international conferences including the British Council Going Global Conference 2018 which held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In 2017, she was selected for the British Council Future Leaders Connect Programme – a network of the top 50 emerging policy Leaders from across the world chosen from over 11,000 applications. She is also a member of the LSE Programme for African Leadership (PFAL) network.
Nwamaka is deeply passionate about innovation and industrialization in Africa as she is convinced it is the only means through which Africa can achieve sustainable and long-term economic growth and development.