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Launch Stephen Ellis Chair for Finance and Integrity in Africa

Tuesday 4 April 2017
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
Klein Auditorium

Registration for this meeting is compulsory.

The festive launch of the Stephen Ellis Chair for Finance and Integrity in Africa will take place on 4 April. The Nigerian economist Chibuike Uche, senior researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden, has been appointed as the Chair holder. The Chair starts on 1 April and will be funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the first three years. The outgoing Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Bert Koenders, will officially launch the Chair on 4 April with a video message. 

Chibuike Uche has extensive research experience in Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone in the fields of political economy, business and financial history, financial institutions regulation and regional integration. His current research interest is foreign business operations in Africa. Prior to joining the ASCL, he was Professor of Banking and Financial Institutions at the University of Nigeria and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He has a PhD in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.

Stephen Ellis (1953-2015) was a renowned senior researcher at the African Studies Centre Leiden, and a Desmond Tutu Professor at the VU University Amsterdam. In his posthumously published book 'This Present Darkness: A History of Nigerian Organised Crime' (2016) Ellis shows the historical origins of organised crime in Nigeria. 

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