Soludo to Speak at AUN’s Seventh Founder’s Day
One of Nigeria’s leading economists and former Central Bank Governor, Professor Charles C. Soludo, will be the keynote speaker at the American University of Nigeria’s celebration on November 24 at the seventh Founder’s Day.
Founder’s Day recognizes the achievements of the entire AUN community, and looks forward to the future. Its high point is to honor former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for his unalloyed commitment to youth education in Nigeria and Africa.
Mr. Abba Tahir, AUN’s Vice-President for Public Relations & Communications, said “The AUN community has a responsibility to pay tribute to a worthy patriot for founding, continuously funding and sustaining Africa’s premier development university. This day of recognition is the only way we can thank this man for his boundless generosity. It is our token of goodwill.”
Former Vice President Abubakar, seeing a need for more quality education in Nigeria, founded AUN in 2003. The University was recently named Africa’s leading university at the African Investments & Development Awards ceremony on October 7, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, the United States.
The celebration will begin on Friday, November 23, with Yola Community Day, another peace-building initiative sponsored by AUN.
Professor Soludo, who also served as former Chief Economic Adviser to the President, led Nigeria’s Central Bank from May 29, 2004 to May 29, 2009. He earned a B.Sc. in Economics (1984), an M.Sc. in Economics (1987), and a PhD in Econometrics and Monetary Economics (1989) from the University of Nigeria, where he also received his professorship.
He has been a visiting professor at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the University of Warwick, the Brookings Institution, and Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. He is also the founding Executive Director of the African Institute for Applied Economics, Enugu, an economic think-tank.
He has served on the Chief Economist Advisory Council of the World Bank as well as the Financial System Regulatory Coordinating Committee, a regulatory body that oversees Nigeria’s financial sector. He has also worked as a consultant to the African Development Bank, the United Nations, the European Union, and Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Professor Soludo has traveled to more than 45 countries and lived in Ethiopia, the United Kingdom, and the US. He has received several awards and recognition and published dozens of journal articles on Nigeria’s economy and policy. His research interests include multi-country macro econometric modeling, techniques of computable general equilibrium modeling, survey methodology, and panel data econometrics.
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