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Meet our Speaker – Mr. Leonard Otuonye Ugbajah, Founder and Executive Director, Centre for Trade and Business Environment Advocacy (CTBA)

Mr. Leonard Otuonye Ugbajah is a Lawyer and an international development consultant with expertise in trade law/policy, regional integration, investment climate/market systems reforms, competition law/policy, and natural resource governance. He has been active in the public policy space in Nigeria for over 13 years now, serving as a consultant or committee member on several policy processes in Nigeria and West Africa. He has consulted for several development partners and international institutions (such as DFID/FCDO, GIZ, UNIDO, the EU, ECDPM, etc); various government agencies, Nigeria’s National Assembly; non-state actors’ coalitions; etc. Leonard led the writing of the report that advised the Nigerian Government (Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and investment) on issues around the ratification and implementation of the AfCFTA. He also conducting a political economy analysis of Nigeria’s participation in the AfCFTA and regional integration for the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), Maastricht; etc.  

Mr. Leonard served as the Senior Special Assistant to the former Governor of Imo State (2019 – 2020) on Ease of Doing Business. He was a member of Expanded State Exco and several other committees. After leaving Imo State, he worked as a Consultant in the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) where he led the work on subnational ease of doing business.

Mr. Leonard is the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Trade and Business Environment Advocacy (CTBA), which is presently engaged in research and advocacy towards the reform of trade and business environment laws and policies in Nigeria for MSMEs competitiveness. He is also the Principal Consultant at TBE Advisory Ltd

Mr. Leonard is a lawyer. He also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Competition Law from the University of London and a Master’s in International Affairs and Strategic Studies (MIASS) from the Nigerian Defence Academy. He has earned several certifications covering trade law and policy, digital economy, systems practice, impact assessment, public policy, political economy, etc. from institutions such as World Bank, Tralac, UNCTAD, Diplo, etc. He is a firm believer in the emergence of a great Nigeria and Africa, and the role of MSMEs in economic development.  

 The Conference is scheduled as follows:
Date: Tues, 30th Nov. 2021.
Venue: Abuja International Trade and Convention Centre, Km 8, Airport Road, Abuja
Theme: Dialogue, Mediation, and Conciliation; A Panacea of Managing Polarised Societies

This event has been divided into two parts:
– Keynote address to be delivered by Prof. Attahiru M. Jega
– Three panel sessions

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