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Kingsley Moghalu

Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in charge of the Operations Directorate, where he superintends the Bank’s work as banker and financial adviser to the Government of Nigeria, the issuance of the legal tender currency and currency operations, maintenance of Nigeria’s foreign reserves, management of the Bank’s nationwide branch network, and information technology operations. He also supervises the implementation of payment system reforms.

Appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in November 2009 and confirmed by the Senate, he was Deputy Governor for Financial System Stability from November 2009 – January 2014 and supervised the implementation of far-reaching reforms to enhance the quality and stability of banks and other financial institutions, the management of systemic risk to Nigeria’s banking system, and supervised the following Departments of the Central Bank of Nigeria: Financial Policy and Regulation Department, Banking Supervision Department, Other Financial Institutions Supervision Department, Development Finance Department, and the Consumer Protection Department. The FSS Directorate regulates and supervises a vast conglomerate of bank and non-bank financial institutions in Nigeria – 24 commercial banks with total assets of 22 trillion naira and 57 subsidiaries in 31 countries, five development finance institutions (Bank of Industry, Bank of Agriculture, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM Bank), and Infrastructure Bank), 84 primary mortgage institutions, 900 microfinance banks, and 2800 bureaux de change.

Dr. Moghalu is a member of the Board of Directors, the Monetary Policy Committee, and the Committee of Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He is a member of the President of Nigeria’s Economic Management Team and a member of the board of directors of the Africa Finance Corporation, the Nigerian Security Printing and Mint Plc, Chairman of the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS), as well as a member of the board of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).

Kingsley Moghalu was born in Lagos in 1963 to Isaac Moghalu, a Nigerian Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mrs. Vidah Moghalu. He obtained the LL.B. (Honours) degree in law at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1986, the B.L. (Barrister at Law) from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos, an M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, USA, and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE) at the University of London, UK. He also obtained an International Certificate in Risk Management from the Institute of Risk Management, London, UK.

He is also an alumnus of executive education programs on leading economic growth and transformation and on corporate governance at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School respectively, and on macroeconomics at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Institute.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Dr. Moghalu was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sogato Strategies S.A., a risk management and strategy consultancy firm in Geneva, Switzerland. He was also the Executive Director of the Swiss-Africa Business Roundtable, and served as a member of the global board of directors of Opportunities Industrialization Centers International, Inc., USA.

He previously worked for the United Nations for 17 years, from 1992-2009, in legal, management and strategic planning posts at duty stations in New York, Cambodia, Croatia, Tanzania, and Switzerland, rising to the rank of a Director in the Organization. In 2006 the Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed Dr. Moghalu a member of the high-level Redesign Panel on the United Nations Internal Justice System, an assignment at the level of Under-Secretary-General. The Redesign Panel overhauled the transparency, accountability and regulatory compliance system of the United Nations as a key component of the management reform of the UN.

From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Moghalu was the Head of Global Partnerships and a member of the Risk Management Committee of the Geneva-based Global Fund, an international development finance organization with $20 billion in assets and a $15 billion investment portfolio in 140 countries as of 2008. He was Legal Advisor and the Spokesman of the United Nations International Tribunal for Rwanda at Arusha, Tanzania from 1997 to 2002, and served as a Political Advisor at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and in UN missions in Cambodia and Croatia, from 1992 to 1997.

Before joining the United Nations Service in 1992, Dr. Moghalu was a Country Risk Analyst for Political Risk Services (PRS) Group, Inc., USA, the Joan Gillespie Fellow at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, General Counsel of Newswatch Communications Ltd., Lagos, and Legal Officer (National Youth Corps Scheme), Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd., Lagos. He was also a special correspondent for international news media such as South, Africa News, and the Christian Science Monitor from 1989 to 1991.

Kingsley Moghalu is the author of three books - Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s ‘Last Frontier’ Can Prosper and Matter (Bookcraft, 2013), Global Justice: The Politics of War Crimes Trials (Stanford University Press, 2008), Rwanda’s Genocide (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), and numerous articles on law, banking regulation, economic development, political economy and public policy. His publications have appeared in journals and newspapers such as Central Banking Journal, Journal of Banking and Finance, The Journal of the Investec Asset Management Investment Institute, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune. He is a member of the Institute of Risk Management, UK, Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), the American Bar Association (Associate Member), and the Nigerian Bar Association.

Dr. Moghalu is frequent speaker at global forums. He gave the 2014 Thomas Hodgkin Lecture at Oxford University, and has been a keynote speaker and panelist at the Federal Reserve Bank of the United States, the South African Reserve Bank, Wharton School of Management at the University of Pennsylvania, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, Institute of International Finance (IIF), the National Asset-Liability Management Conference Europe, and the Africa CEO Forum. He has been interviewed and featured on CNN, BBC World TV’s HardTalk, Financial Times, The New York Times and other global media.

He has received several honours including the Nigerian national honour of the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (FCIB) and the Rotary International Distinguished Service Award.

Kingsley Moghalu is married to Maryanne Moghalu and their union has been blessed with children.