Professional Background

Dr John F. E. Ohiorhenuan is Managing Director of FEODevelopment. He specializes in promoting the economic growth and development of poor countries. Until September 2008, Dr Ohiorhenuan was Chief Operating Officer in the Department for Crisis Prevention and Recovery at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in New York. Over the last twenty years, Dr. Ohiorhenuan served in various positions at the UNDP, including Advisor on Capacity Building in the Global Environment Facility, Chief Economist for Africa, Director of South-South Cooperation and Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system in South Africa. Before joining the UN, Dr Ohiorhenuan was based in Nigeria, where he was Professor of Economics and sometime Director of Planning for Lagos State.  Dr Ohiorhenuan holds a PhD in Economics from McMaster University in Canada.

Functional Expertise

  • Capacity building/institutional development
  • Gender- and conflict-sensitive policy analysis
  • Program design, review & evaluation
  • Visioning and Scenario Planning


Thematic Expertise

  • Political economy of growth in poor countries
  • Economic aid and development cooperation
  • Post-crisis recovery
  • Environment and development

Recent Relevant Experience

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): Conducted comprehensive analysis and identified commonalities and differences between South-South Cooperation and Classic Development Cooperation.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): Coordinated the work of a multi-disciplinary team to prepare the policy guidance for integrating South-South Cooperation approaches into UNEP's capacity building and technology support activities.

United Nations development Programmes (UNDP): Preparation of a strategy and policy paper on Millennium Development Goals in conflict and post conflict country situations.

Government of the Republic of Cape Verde: Conducted analysis of, and prepared closure report on the Compact with the US Millennium Challenge Corporation.