27-28 SEPTEMBER 2016

WorldPensionSummit Africa Special

The only platform 'for and by' Pension Professionals, exchanging knowledge and innovative ideas on securing sufficient pension provision. 


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Dr. Ese Stephen Owie

Dr. Ese Stephen Owie

Director & CEO, Centre for International Trade & Policy (CITaP)

Ese is an experienced multi-disciplinary scholar and advises on a wide range of International Environmental Law, Social Housing Policy, Sustainable Development and Trade Policy Regulation, among others. He has extensive experience in advising National Governments, Multilateral Agencies and Private Organizations on International Environmental & Economic Law, Sustainable Development, and the Built Environment, in a career spanning various jurisdictions and sectors of the global economy.

Between 2009 – 2011, Ese served as Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Edo State – for four months, during which he was one of the Governor’s Principal Policy Advisors. He was subsequently appointed the Honourable Commissioner/Executive Chairman of the Edo State Board of Internal Revenue and a Member of the State Executive Council, where he functioned as the Administrative Head of the State's Internal Revenue Service. At the Board of Internal Revenue, he led a transformation of the State’s Internally Generated Revenue institutional framework and grew the monthly revenue from a paltry 250 Million Naira per month to over 1.8 Billion Naira monthly within one year. 

Ese is currently Executive Director & CEO of the Centre for International Trade & Policy (CITaP), a Geneva, Switzerland based Think Tank and Research Centre that provides cutting-edge, actionable advice to governments, multilateral agencies and civil society groups on the mainstreaming of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations in Economic Policy Formulation and Sequencing, Sustainability and Developmental Strategy. He also advises Pension Fund Managers on the institutionalization of Responsible Investment and Prudential Regulatory Precepts that enable stakeholders to critically assess the full spectrum of investment and regulatory risks, opportunities and challenges so as to effectively allocate capital in a manner that is in sync with the short, medium and long term benefits of their clients, beneficiaries and the public. 

Ese earned a Doctorate Degree in Public International Law from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He also holds an LL.M Degree in International Law from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, where he graduated with Distinction and was awarded the Josephine C. Onoh Memorial Prize for the Overall Best Graduating Student. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) from the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, and a B.L from the Nigerian Law School. 

Ese also holds a Certificate in Privacy Rights and the Media from the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald, Germany, a Certificate in WTO Law and Practice  from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium, an Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Business Development from the Said Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, a Certificate in Comparative Tax Policy and Administration (COMTAX) from The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA, a Certificate in Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies (SMREA) from The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA and a Certificate in Infrastructure in a Market Economy: Public Private Partnerships in a Changing World (IME) from The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, U.S.A . Ese is an Alumnus of The Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands, a member of the London Branch of the International Law Association (ILA), The American Society for International Law (ASIL), the London Shipping Law Centre and the Society of Legal Scholars (UK). Ese is also an Associate Fellow of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI), where he was a Member of the Inaugural Future Leaders Class in 2007. 

An accomplished academic, Ese holds concurrent Visiting Research Fellowships at the Law School, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom, The Shipping Law Unit, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa and the Centre for Infrastructure Policy Regulation and Advancement (CIPRA). Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria.

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