Dr Ernest Ndukwe, OFR

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Dr Ernest Ndukwe, OFR


Dr. Ndukwe is an Electrical/Electronics Engineer, with over 36 years’ experience in the telecommunications Industry. A former Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (“NCC”) between 2000 and 2010; Ndukwe was responsible for the level of transparency recorded at the NCC, which resulted in the liberalization of the telecommunications Industry and significant investment in the sector.

His Board level experience dates back to 1988 when he was appointed Commercial Director at General Telecom Plc, where he later became the Managing Director (MD) in 1989. It was from his position as MD of General Telecom Plc that he was appointed to lead the Nigerian Communications Commission as CEO, a position he retired from in March 2010. He also served on the Presidential Committee on Job creation, and is current Co-Chair of the Presidential Committee on Strategy and Roadmap for Universal Broadband Access in Nigeria.

Ndukwe has served as the Chairman of the Administrative Council of the African Telecommunications Union and Chairman of the West African Telecom Regulators Association (WATRA), an organization he pioneered. He has represented Nigeria at various international events and is a regular resource person at national and international conferences. He is a widely acclaimed expert in Telecom Policy and Regulation and sits on the board of several companies including Openmedia Ltd and Electromechanica Nigeria Ltd.

He is a graduate of the University of Ife and an alumnus of Lagos Business School. He holds the fellowship awards of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM) and Nigerian Academy of Engineering. He is also on the faculty of the Lagos Business School where he heads the Centre for Infrastructure Policy, Regulation and Advancement (CIPRA). His area of teaching interest includes strategic leadership with special focus on the character traits of CEO’s that lead to business failures.

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