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Patrick Okedinachi Utomi (born February 6, 1956) is a Nigerian professor of political economy and management expert. He is the founder of Centre for Value in Leadership (CVL) and the African Democratic Congress party. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria and a former presidential candidate, with a passion for the dignity of the human person and the spirit of enterprise. He is a professor at Lagos Business School. He has served in government as an adviser to the President of Nigeria; the private sector, as Chief Operating Officer for Volkswagen of Nigeria, and in academia. Patrick Utomi, though born in Kaduna State, is a descent of Igbuzo in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State. He had his primary and secondary education at St. Thomas, Kano (1960-1962), Our Lady of Fatima, Gusau (1962-1966), Christ the King College, Onitsha and Loyola College, Ibadan respectively, thereby finishing his secondary education at the age of 15. The entry age for university education was 17, therefore he enrolled at the Federal School of Arts and Science in the interim. He later got admission into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1973 to study Mass Communication. Patrick Utomi graduated from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1977. He attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, where he got his Ph.D. MPA, MA, and was appointed Professor of the Social and Political Economy Environment of Business and Pioneer Entrepreneurship Teacher at Lagos Business School in 2003. He has been a Scholar-in-residence at the Harvard Business School and the American University in Washington, D.C. Within a few months of his return to Nigeria from Bloomington, Indiana, United States, where he did graduate work, Pat got enlisted by the former Vice-President, Alex Ekwueme, to provide consultancy on some public policy papers. Soon after, he was appointed Special Assistant by former President Shehu Shagari; a position he lost following the military coup of December 1983, which terminated the Second Republic. Following the demise of the Second Republic, he became Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Utomapp Holdings Limited, from 1984 to 1986; Assistant General Manager, corporate affairs, Volkswagen of Nigeria Limited, Lagos, from 1983 to 1993. He was a Scholar-in-residence, American University, Washington DC, USA (1996), and research associate, the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (1996). He belongs to many professional bodies. He is a Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Institute of Directors (IOD), Nigeria Economic Summit Group, and Nigeria Economic Society. He coordinated the establishment of several civil society groups on good governance and accountability such as Transparency in Nigeria, the Centre for Values in Leadership, the Concerned Professionals, and the Restoration Group. In the business sphere, Utomi was the Vice-Chairman, Platinum–Habib Bank. He is a columnist, and chairman, BusinessDay Media Limited, and creator of Patito’s Gang, a television talk show. He has served on key apex private sector associations including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the national council of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria. He is also the chairman of Poise Nigeria Limited, and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA). He is active on the international speaking circuit, especially on the subjects of growth economics, comparative development, leadership, oil, and China’s economic surge and growing influence in Africa. He has collaborated frequently with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington and Chatham House, UK. He has also written commissioned papers for the UK's DFID, including the latest collaboration with Colleagues from Oxford on the Political Economy of growth in Nigeria (2006).
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