(Director-General, World Igbo Summit Group)
Ifedi Okwenna, born on November 22, 1965, in Osumenyi, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State is an Environment Advisor, a Public Policy expert, a Public Administrator and a high-tech security management expert. He is the Director-General World Igbo Summit Group
and a director in a number of companies.
He attended Boys High School, Osumenyi, sat for GCE in Class 4 and passed all his papers in 1983.
He holds a National Diploma (ND) in Civil Engineering from the College of Arts, Science and Technology (Now Federal Polytechnic) Oko (1985) and a diploma in Business Management from the Plateau School of Business and Management Studies. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc. Hons) in Applied Biological Science from then the Anambra State University of Technology (Now Enugu State University of Science and Technology in 1987/88. He holds advanced degrees from the Universities of Lagos, Abuja, London and Walden University
Okwenna has successfully held several regional and national roles. He was a two-time commissioner – for Environment and Mineral Resources and for Science and Technology, under Anambra’s Governor Peter Obi; a former Special Assistant (Political) in the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo; Secretary, Honorary Advisory Committee, to President Goodluck Jonathan between 2012 and 2014; Director, Center for Environmental Disaster Prevention and Aid (CEDPA) Abuja, and later Director, African Institute for Leadership Training and Development (AILTAD) between 2012 and 2014; Managing Director, Nigerian Royal Mail Newspaper from 2014 to 2015, the Director-General, Save Democracy Africa from 2014 to 2020.
Okwenna was the Convener of the Annual National Political Summit, Convener, Democracy Africa Youth Parliament (DAYP); Member Aka Ikenga and former Vice Chairman, League of Anambra Professionals (LAP) in FCT.
He was the Chairman, Sports Development Committee of the FCT Football Association in 2005; Chairman, Anambra State Grassroots/Youth Sports Committee, and Chairman, Anambra State Sports Facility Development Committee 2006-2008.
He has also served as Coordinating Secretary Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA) and Southern/Middlebelt Leaders Forum; Director-General of the African Integration Network for Development and Advisor/Consultant to Nigerian Senate on Environment from 1999-2001.
As the former United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Consultant, Ifedi Okwenna, in 1995, designed the blueprint and action plan for the establishment of Anambra State Environmental Protection Agency (ANSEPA) out of then Anambra State Environmental Sanitation Authority (ASESA) and developed the Environmental Public Awareness Master Plan for Kaduna State.
Between 1996-1997, he served as a member of the Technical Sub-Committee for the Vison 2010 Programme and designed the blueprint for Solid Waste Management in Nigeria as part of the Manifesto for Dr Alex Ekwueme Presidential Campaign Organization (ALEPCO) in 1998. He also studied and published the State of Environment Report for Kaduna State 1997-1998.
In 2016, as Director-General, World Igbo Summit, he led the Igbo collectives to design a 50- year Visioning programme for Ala-Igbo. The document titled Vision 2066, provides a roadmap for the strategic and sustainable development of Ala-Igbo in the next 50 years.
Okwenna is skilled in education, consultancy, politics, administration, high-tech security management, leadership training, philanthropy and more. Due to the quality of impact, his interventions have recorded in these diverse areas, he has well over 200 regional, national and international awards.
He currently holds the following fellowships: Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Economics of Nigeria (FCE) 2007; Fellow of the Certified Institute of Public Administration of Ghana (FCIPA) 2007; Certified Professional Fellow of Public Administration of Nigeria (CFPA) 2007; Fellow of the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration (FCIDA) 2006; Fellow International Institute of Administration Management 2008; Fellow of Strategic Finance and Administration Institute (FSFAI) 2008; Fellow Institute oy Investment Management and Research and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club International 2008 and appeared in Nigeria Who is Who in Management Intelligence in 2008.
Ifedi Okwenna was the Owner/ President of FC Omam International – A former National Division 1 Football Club. He sponsors many youth clubs and competitions. His other interests span Real Estate Development; Export and Investment Promotions; Communications; Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity Management; and High-tech Security System Management.
Ifedi Okwenna is a devout Catholic who ascended Jerusalem, the holy city, and was made a Jerusalem Pilgrim (JP) in 2001. He is married with five lovely children.