Edward Olowo-Okere

Global Director, Public Sector and Financial Management, Governance Global Practice

Ed Olowo-Okere, a Nigerian national with three decades of experience in auditing and public sector management around the world, leads the World Bank’s Public Sector and Financial Management team in the Governance Global Practice. This group provides expertise on governance-related issues, ranging from public accounting systems, anti-corruption policies, state-owned enterprise reform, and using technology to make public services more efficient and work better for citizens.

Mr. Olowo-Okere joined the World Bank in 1998, and has held various positions in operations, including in the Africa region as Director of the Core Operational Services Department, and, in the Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions practice group. Prior to his current role, he was Director of Governance overseeing Africa, MENA and ECA regions. Before joining the Bank, Ed held public and private-sector positions in Nigeria, Britain and New Zealand.

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. He has 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.

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