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​Ndukwe Ernest
Ernest NdukweEmail: endukwe@lbs.edu.ng  

Dr Ernest Ndukwe is a professional telecommunications engineer, corporate executive and public servant with over 35 years of international experience in the telecommunications industry and in corporate executive management, majority of which have been in top management positions in private multi-national companies and in government.

He heads the Centre for Infrastructure Policy, Regulation and Advancement (CIPRA) at Lagos Business School. His area of teaching engagement is in strategic leadership with specific research interest in the character traits of CEO’s that lead to business failures.

He is a graduate of the University of Ife and an alumnus of Lagos Business School, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM) and Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering, FAEng.

He was appointed chief executive officer of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in February 2000. He served for two terms of five years each and disengaged meritoriously in March 2010. Under his tenure at the NCC, the Commission witnessed tremendous growth and transformation, earning a reputation as a transparent and open agency that delivered on its mandate.
Prior to his appointment to head the NCC, Dr Ndukwe had a distinguished career in the private sector which started with employment with Radio Communications Nigeria (RCN) Limited in 1976. In January 1981 he joined GEC Telecommunications as engineering manager and had a successful career path that culminated in his elevation to the board as commercial director in 1988 and managing director of the company in 1989.

Dr Ndukwe is a past chairman of the Administrative Council of the African Telecommunications Union and immediate past chairman of the West African Telecom Regulators Association (WATRA), an organisation he helped pioneer. Dr Ndukwe has represented Nigeria at various international events and is a regular resource person at national and international conferences including International Telecommunications Union (ITU)-organised forums and events. He is also a vice chairman of Telecom Development Advisory Group (TDAG) of the ITU representing Nigeria.

Dr Ndukwe, on special invitation, has served as adviser to a few countries in Africa on Telecom Policy and Regulation. He is author of several papers on Telecommunications Regulation and Sector Policy.

He also currently serves as member of the National Job Creation Committee and on the board of a number of companies including Openmedia Ltd and Electromechanica Nigeria Ltd. He is a recipient of several educational and civic awards including four Honorary Doctorate degrees and the national Honours of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR).