Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji

Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI)

Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, is the Executive Secretary/CEO of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and the National Coordinator of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) implementation in Nigeria.

A natural resource governance expert, political economist, development Communications specialist, Orji with over three decades of extensive diverse experience in the public service, international development sector, the EITI, the media and communications industry.  He also worked at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as National Consultant, coordinated several donor funded projects on governance and institutional reforms in Nigeria.

Orji holds a PhD in Political Economy and International Development from the University of Abuja. He is an alumnus of the J. F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, the International Law Institute, George Town University, Washington D.C, the World Bank Institute, the African Development Bank Institute, the GIZ Academy of International Development, Bad Honnef, Germany, Thomson Foundation Institute, Cardiff, Uk and the Lagos Business School. He sits on NEITI Board-the National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG), a member of the Presidential Implementation Steering Committee on Petroleum Industry Act. He also sits on the National Steering Committee of Open Government Partnership.

Orji currently Chairs the EITI global Contract Transparency Network with members drawn from 20 countries.