Professor Adesoji Adesugba
Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) is a thoroughbred investment promotion professional. He was appointed to the position by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) July 1, 2020. His proficiency in organizational development and institutional reforms has endeared him to several organizations and institutions that seek after his expertise. Adesugba combines his long years in both public and private sectors to achieve set goals.
It is, therefore apt to describe Adesugba as a socio-economic engineer; a lawyer; a teacher; as well as a media practitioner. He started his professional journey as a commissioned officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NSC) in 1982 after his National Youth Service and degree program from the University of Lagos. He, however, voluntarily resigned from the customs service in 1999 to join the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) and the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) at various periods respectively. Between 2009 and 2013 he served as the Chairman of the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP), a Federal Government of Nigeria Agency in charge of resolving industrial disputes.
Having committed some appreciable number of years in the public sector, he decided to spend time in the academics and lectured Investment Promotion at the Baden International Business School, Switzerland, and lectured Business Administration at the American University of West Africa, Banjul Gambia and at the Roegate College, Dublin. Adesugba later found it expedient to switch to the Organised Private Sector (OPS). With that decision, he rose to become the National Legal Adviser of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), a position he held until his appointment at NEPZA. Adesugba is presently the 2nd Deputy President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). In 2018, he founded the Gemological Institute of Nigeria (GIN) after studying gemology at the UK based Gem-A Institute.
Adesugba holds a Doctorate in Business Administration with the highest distinction from the California Southern University in the USA; an M.Sc. Degree in Investment Promotion and Economic Development from the Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, UK; MBA from the Ogun State University Nigeria; B.Sc. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos in 1981; as well as LL.B. from the University of Lagos in 1987. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989. He also holds a certificate in Chinese Economic Development from the Normal University, Beijing China; certificate in Leading Economic Growth; certificate in Implementing Public Policy both from the Harvard Kennedy School Boston, USA; a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); and a certificate in International Commercial Arbitration from the Columbia Law School in New York.
Adesugba is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK); a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators; a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria; a Fellow of the Chartered Taxation Institute of Nigeria; and a Member of the Advertisement Practitioner Council of Nigeria (APCON).
He is happily married with children