Prof Patrick Okedinachi Utomi, an indigene of Delta State, was born February 6, 1956 at Kaduna. He hails from Ibusa in Oshimili North Local Government Area.
He had his primary education at St. Thomas college, Kano 1960-62, our Lady of Fatima, Gusau 1962-1966, Christ the King College, Onitsha and Loyola college, and Ibadan, finished his secondary education at the age of 15. The entry age of university education then was 17, so he had to enroll at the Federal College of Arts and Science in the interim.
He later got admission into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1973 to study Mass Communication, and graduated in 1977. He attended Bloomington, USA where he got his Ph.D, MPA and M A. He was appointed professor of 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, 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, 1984-86, and assistant general manager, corporate affairs, Volkswagen of Nigeria Limited, Lagos, 1983-93.
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 of defunct Platinium–Habib Bank.
He is an accomplished columnist, 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; 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, the Curse of Oil and China’s Economic surge and growing influence in Africa. He has collaborated fairly frequently with the center for strategic and international studies (CSIS) in Washington, and Chatham House, in the UK.
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