Edward Olowo-Okere

Director, Governance, Governance Global Practice
World Bank Group

Ed Olowo-Okere is currently the Director of World Bank Group’s Governance Global Practice responsible for Africa, Middle East and North Africa, and Europe and Central Asia. In that capacity, he oversees governance strategies, programs and staff in these regions. Also, he is the Head of the Bank’s Financial Management Family, which comprises staff working on the fiduciary (financial management) aspects of all Bank operations as well as lending and technical assistance on financial management in public and private sectors across the regions. He leads the Bank’s engagement with global partners on financial management and related themes.

Ed had previously held the following positions at the World Bank: Senior Advisor, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions Vice-Presidency Unit; Chief Strategy Officer, Governance Global Practice; Director of Operations Services, Africa Region; and Regional Manager for Financial Management, Africa Region. His experience in development work includes preparation of sectoral and regional strategy, operational policy reforms, knowledge management, operations quality and portfolio management, project preparation and implementation support in all sectors, and policy dialogues with and technical assistance to clients on a wide range of themes, including public financial management, private sector accounting & auditing, public procurement, environmental and social safeguards compliance, and monitoring and evaluation. Prior to joining the Bank in 1998, Ed worked in Great Britain, New Zealand, and Nigeria.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honors) Degree in Accountancy from the University of Maiduguri and a Masters Degree in Accounting (with Distinctions) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria as well as a Ph.D. in Management (with specialization in Change Management and Public Financial Management) from the University of Bath, United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He has researched, published in reputable international journals and lectured at undergraduate and graduate levels in Nigeria and New Zealand on accounting and finance. Also, he has won several academic and merit awards.