A statement issued on Monday in Abuja by Mr Paul Okolo, a communications consultant to the foundation, said, “Nnadozie is the first Nigerian to head the continental organisation.’’
The ACBF is charged with developing human and institutional capacity for sustainable growth and poverty reduction in Africa.
It was established by African countries in 1991 as a centre of excellence for capacity building with the assistance of World Bank, African Development Bank and the IMF.
Nnadozie is a former Director of Macroeconomic Policy Division at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa.
According to the statement, he obtained his bachelors and masters degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
He received his PhD from the University of Paris at the Sorbonne in 1987 and had worked as Professor of Economics at the Truman State University, formerly Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Missouri in the U.S.
He was also former visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the U.S.
Nnadozie, who is the author of many books and a contributor to leading academic journals, has since resumed work in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital.