Profile of Prof. Mike Idiahi Obadan

Mike Idiahi Obadan is a Professor of Economics and Non-Executive Director of the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

He had his post-secondary education at the University of Ibadan where he obtained Bachelor and Ph.D degrees in Economics in the 1970s. He is a distinguished scholar who was honoured with the Federal Government of Nigeria’s undergraduate education scholarship and the Rockefeller Foundation and University of Ibadan scholarship for doctoral education. In the course of his career, he built management capacity through participation in capacity building courses and programmes in world class institutions, which include the World Bank Economic Development Institute, Washington in the United States, RIPA International and Crown Agents, both in the United Kingdom.

Professor Obadan has had an exciting and very rewarding professional career as an economist, educationist and administrator in the public service. He has engaged in active teaching and research in Universities and, at different times, he served as Head of Economics Department, University of Ilorin; Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Chairman, University Research and Publications Committee, University of Benin, among others. From 1992 to 2004, he served as the Director-General of the National Centre for Economic Management and Administration, Ibadan, Nigeria. He has also participated actively in the activities of the Nigerian Economic Society, where he served as President, besides holding other positions such as Secretary-General and Vice President. He has held key editorial positions and is currently the Chairman of the Editorial Board and Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Microfinance and Enterprise Development.

Professor Obadan, in the course of his career, has contributed significantly to national and societal development through services/consultancies to numerous national and international organizations, and African governments. He was, for some years, the Chairman of the Economic Policy Analysis Network of the Harare-based African Capacity Building Foundation. Currently, he is a member of the Foundation’s Strategic Studies Group (SSG). He participated actively in preparing the Nigeria Vision 20: 2020 Economic Transformation Blueprint in 2009 and the First National Implementation Plan in 2010. He served as Chairman of the Macroeconomic Framework Group  of the Vision 20: 2020 Committee and member of the Central Working Group. He has also been active in the labour movement through key positions held in the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). In connection with his professional activities, Prof Obadan has travelled to about fifty countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Prof. Obadan is deeply committed to research, publications and knowledge sharing and has published extensively in the areas of applied macroeconomics, international trade and finance, and development issues. He has to his credit over two hundred publications in the form of books, monographs, journal articles and chapters in books. His two latest books were presented to the public at the University of Benin in April 2013.

For his contributions to scholarship and national development, Professor Obadan has been honored by many organisations. For example, he has been honoured with Fellowship of the Nigerian Economic Society (NES); Fellowship of the Social Science Academy of Nigeria (SSAN); Fellowship of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (IMC);  and ThisDay Newspaper’s “Nigeria’s Best Teacher Award” in February 2013. A book, published in his honour by the National Centre for Economic Management and Administration, is titled, “Perspectives on National Economic Management and Administration in Nigeria”.

Currently, Professor Obadan is a professor of economics at the University of Benin, Nigeria; In-house consultant to the National Institute for Legislative Studies, National Assembly, Abuja; Chairman, Foundation for Education and Development (FED), Benin City; Chairman, Goldmark Education Academy (GEA), Benin City.