Professor Kevin Chika Urama holds a First Class Honors degree and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, a Master of Philosophy degree with distinction, and a Ph.D. in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. A 2002-3 winner of the James Claydon Prize for the most outstanding PhD thesis in economics or related subjects while studying at St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, Prof. Urama was recently named the Technology Executive of the Year by the Africa Technology Awards in 2012, adding to many international prizes he has received for academic excellence and science policy leadership.
He is currently Senior Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank (AFDB), and formerly the Inaugural Managing Director of the Quantum Global Research Lab. He was the Executive Director of the African Technology Policy Studies Network (ATPS) and also the inaugural President of the African Society for Ecological Economics (ASEE), a Senior Consultant on Sustainable Development and Green Growth for the African Development Bank (AfDB), and a Consultant for the preparation of the Comprehensive Climate Change Strategy of the African Union Commission (AUC). An Extra-Ordinary Professor in the School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Professor Urama is also an Adjunct Professor at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Murdoch University, Western Australia; a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS); and Visiting Professor at the University College London (UCL).
He serves on several international and intergovernmental scientific panels and advisory boards including the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC), the International Resource Panel (IRP), High-Level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources for Implementing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the OECD Green Growth and Poverty Reduction Task Team, and the UNESCO Governing Board of the International Research and Training Centre for Science and Technology Strategy (CISTRAT), Beijing, China, and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Editorial (Advisory) Boards of many international journals, including Science and Public Policy, Ecological Economics; Responsible Innovation, and Environmental Policy and Governance, African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development, and has over 100 publications in various media. The Lead author for the African Manifesto for Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Urama seeks to foster self-rule and democratic governance of science and innovation policy in Africa.