Dr. Nwanze Okidegbe is a Distinguished Fellow at CSEA. He was the Chief Economic Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan (from 2011-2015). Dr. Okidegbe served in a number of economic policy teams such as the National Economic Management Team, the National Economic Council, the National Council on Privatisation, the Economic Management Implementation Team, amongst others. Prior to this, Dr. Okidegbe served in various capacities for over thirty yearsat the World Bank in Washington, DC. He retired as a Policy and Strategy Adviser, and later worked as a Senior Consultant to the Bank. During his time at the World Bank, he managed several projects and programs, and conducted high-level policy dialogue with senior government officials and representatives. Dr. Okidegbe has also designed and implemented development projects and programs in more than 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, he has expertise and extensive experience in the design and implementation of public expenditure programmes and management, public private sector partnerships, safety net and vulnerability, rural financial markets, monitoring and evaluation, and has authored a number of analytical publications, discussion papers and thematic studies. 
Dr. Okidegbe has served on a number of eminent international task forces including the Millennium Project – Hunger Task force, World Summit on Sustainable Development – Water, Energy, Health, Agriculture and Biodiversity task forces under the UN agenda that contributed to setting the agricultural and rural development agenda for sustainable development and expanding programs for achieving MDGs. Dr. Okidegbe obtained his PhD in Economics from Howard University in 1980, having also obtained Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the same University. He also has a Master’s in Business Administration (Accounting) from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

 

Dr. Menachem Katz is a Distinguished Fellow at CSEA. He served at different positions at the IMF for 29 years in various capacities, working on countries in East Asia, Latin America, and Africa; most recently served as mission chief for Cameroon, Kenya and Nigeria. He negotiated a Policy Support Instrument which enabled the government to reach a debt deal with Paris Club creditors which virtually eliminated Nigeria’s external debt; organized workshops on oil revenue management in Douala and Libreville with top officials of oil exporting countries in Africa and international oil companies operating in Africa.  Dr. Katz also led technical assistance (TA) missions as Assistant Director in the Fiscal Affairs Department to Mauritius (fiscal rules and Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and program-based budgeting), Mauritania (oil revenue management), and Burkina Faso (tax policy); and coordinated TA work to African countries on public finance. He taught at universities in the US and has published papers on external indebtedness dynamics in growing economies; interest rates, capital flows and taxation; import tariffs and international trade; demographic trends and the future of social programs; oil revenue management; aid absorption, policies and institutions. In addition, he issued country reports and supervised selected economic issues papers on various countries and other research papers of subordinates. Dr. Katz has done consulting work for DFID Nigeria in the area of debt management; and for the Washington-Based Centennial Group on JICA projects concerning country risk assessments for Uzbekistan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire; the World Bank on tax expenditures in Armenia; and for the IMF on management development.