Chukwuma F. Obidegwu is currently a private consultant with over 30 years of years experience in international development, economic and public policy. His main interests in the public policy arena include development strategies and policies for good governance, economic growth and poverty reduction. His current focus is on public financial management, the role and the management of foreign assistance, post conflict socio-economic recovery, capacity and institutional development, and economic management in natural resource rich countries. Until his retirement in 2007, he served as an economist at the World Bank for 27 years in various positions including Lead Economist for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management to the Africa Region; Team Leader/Country Economist for Rwanda; Senior Economist in the Strategic Planning and Review Department; Resident Senior Economist in the Uganda Office. He obtained a Ph.D. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a MBA from the University of Toronto in Canada, and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham.