Having launched Quantum Global group’s Research arm and steered the fledging team through its early incarnation, Professor Urama left the group with the agreement of the Board and took up his new post in early January 2016.
A seasoned development economist with extensive Africa-wide and global experience in inclusive green growth and sustainable development, Urama holds a First Class Honors degree and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. From Cambridge University, Professor Urama holds a Master of Philosophy degree with distinction, a Ph.D in Land Economy and the 2002/2003 James Claydon Prize for most outstanding Ph.D. thesis in economics from St. Edmund's College.
His responsibilities will include guiding and supporting Bank-wide efforts on energy, climate change, agriculture and natural resources management. He will also provide technical advice to the Bank's Senior Management Coordination Committee and ensure cross-complex coordination and alignment of activities to deliver on the High 5 priorities of the Bank to accelerate delivery on the ground in countries and across regions.
Professor Urama has worked as a Senior Consultant for the African Development Bank since June 2015, advising the President as a member of the Bank's Transition Management Team.
Welcoming Professor Urama’s appointment and acknowledging his significant contribution to Quantum Global group’s output, Jean – Claude Bastos de Morais, Quantum Global group founder said,
“Kevin’s role to launch the Research Lab has been recognized among a broad swathe of international and African stakeholders. He is a towering professional in his field and although his tenure here has been short, it has also been marked by remarkable success and we are sorry to see him leave. We are entirely confident that his work with the African Development Bank will be characteristically authoritative and high quality and we recognize the significance of the role he will play with that august African institution. We wish him every success and look forward to welcoming him as our guest and respected former colleague when he is able visit us.”