Dr. Paul Oluikpe is the Head of the Financial Inclusion Delivery Unit (FIDU) at the Development Finance Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He previously worked in the Strategy Management Department and then the Trade and Exchange Department of the Bank as Head of Policy Formulation and Implementation before moving to FIDU.
He holds a distinction in Strategy and Innovation from the Said Business School, Oxford University, a PhD in Engineering and an MSc from the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University, UK. His role at FIDU involves leading change management, coordinating the stakeholder space in Nigeria, driving the implementation of the financial inclusion strategy, monitoring performance and communicating outcomes. Paul has worked as an academic with Abia State Polytechnic, Loughborough University and the University of Nottingham.
He was honoured in 2015 with the Emerald Citation for Excellence Awards for his seminal research paper “Developing a Corporate Knowledge Management Strategy”, and also recognized by the British Council in 2017 for contributions to Professional Development during the Education UK Alumni Awards.
His work experience in the non–profit development sector particularly with the World Bank, the British Council, Water Aid and the National Autistic Society, UK shaped his philosophical outlook in terms of developmental priorities for Nigeria especially around financial inclusion, poverty and inequality. He brings this wealth of experience to the immediate role of advancing financial inclusion to the Nigerian citizen using the levers of policy, regulation and on the ground implementation