Mr. Frank Nweke II has been a Director-General of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), a private sector-led economic think tank and advocacy group in Nigeria. He has had extensive experience in Nigeria’s Federal Public Service, where he served variously, as Federal Minister of Information and Communication, Inter-Governmental Affairs, Special Duties and Youth Development between 2003 and 2007.
Mr. Nweke served variously as chief spokesperson of the Government of Nigeria, coordinated the development and implementation of policies and strategies for Information and Communication, Inter-governmental Affairs as well as Youth Development. During the same period, he chaired the National Committee on Ecological Problems, the Universal Service Provision Fund, National Prison Reform Working Group, Presidential Advisory Committee on Prerogative of Mercy, and Nigerian National Honours Awards Committee.
Prior to joining the Federal Government of Nigeria, Mr. Nweke served for four years in the Enugu State Government where he held the positions of Chief of Staff to the Governor of Enugu State, State Coordinator of the Community Development Coordinating Committee, and Resident Consultant on Economic Affairs at various times during the period. He advised on restructuring and privatization strategies for state-owned enterprises, and coordinated the implementation of public-private investment projects, the launch of development programs in concert with the DFID and World Bank in the areas of poverty alleviation, economic development, and public infrastructure modernization.
Mr. Nweke also has considerable private sector experience and interests which span business strategy development and management, Real Estate, Media, Oil, and Gas. He sits on the Board of Brass Fertilizer, Nigerian Breweries as well as the Guardians of the Nation International amongst others.
He is an Edward S. Mason fellow and holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Africa (2014 – 2016). His key areas of interest are Political Economy of Development, Management, Regulation and Finance of Public Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Negotiations, Global Governance, and Leadership for Managing Change.
He also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri and Bachelor of Technology in Zoology from the Federal University of Technology, Yola, Nigeria.