Akachukwu OkaforPrincipal Partner at Change Partners International
Akachukwu is the Founder and Principal Partner at Change Partners International, an energy, environment, climate change and sustainability consultancy firm that specializes in providing sector policy analysis, policy reform support, market intelligence services, broad stakeholder engagement and facilitating public private partnerships in the African market. He is a member, Technical Advisory Committee on Green Economy at the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC) and also the Nigeria National Focal Point, Transport and Climate Change Global Status Report (TCC-GSR) of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon and Transport (SLoCaT). He was a speaker on Finance and Investment at the 2019 Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP), Seoul, Korea organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). In 2017, Akachukwu was one of the few Africans that toured Russia's latest 3+ generation Nuclear Power Plants (completed earlier that year) at Novovoronezh, Russia at the invitation of Russia State Nuclear Cooperation (ROSATOM) and subsequently a lead a session at the 2018 ATOMEXPO in Sochi, Russia.
Akachukwu worked as an energy policy analyst at the Africa Centre for Energy Policy (ACEP), Accra, Ghana on an IREX/USAID leadership exchange program where he contributed to the development of policies and plans for sustainable energy development for Ghana and Liberia. He was the Editor, Energy and Environment, Initiative for Policy Research and Analysis (InPRA) and has authored expert analysis and opinions on energy, environment and climate change sector published mainly by Business Day and other international media. He is a peer reviewer for Energy Research and Social Science journal published by Elsevier and a faculty member and coach at Green Women Fellowship, Nigeria. In 2013, he received an award from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Republic of Korea for his essay entry on useful purposes of the Cyberspace in a global competition as part of the global cyberspace conference. He has also chaired and spoken at conferences in cities including in New York, Washington DC, London, Geneva, Brighton, Brussels, Paris, Seoul, Accra, Sochi and Moscow.
Akachukwu is a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow (Public Management, University of Maine, a United States Department of State Fellowship) and holds a Master of Science in Energy Policy for Sustainability from Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, United Kingdom. He is an Associate Member, Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria and received United Nations specialized leadership trainings at New York and Geneva.