El-Rufa’i appoints Prof. Rajneesh Narula as policy adviser


The governor of Kaduna state Mallam Nasir Ahmad E-Rufai has appointed Professor Rajneesh Narula as a policy adviser and consultant to Budget and Planning Commission.

This was contained in a statement signed by Muyiwa Adekeye, the special adviser to the governor on media and publicity.

“The Kaduna State Government has announced the appointment of Prof. Rajneesh Narula as a Consultant and Policy Adviser to the Planning and Budget Commission. In this role, Prof. Narula will work on operationalizing the Kaduna State Development Plan, providing guidance on Sector Implementation Strategies, updating the State Industrial Plan, and providing implementation strategies including stepping these policies down to the Local Governments via the State Economic Planning Board,” the statement said. 

According to the statement, “Prof. Narula is the John H. Dunning Chair of International Business Regulation at the Henley Business School, University of Reading, UK, and Director of the Dunning Africa Centre in South Africa. He was educated in Nigeria, attending Barewa College, Zaria, before graduating with a first degree in Engineering from the Ahmadu Bello University. He also has an MBA and a doctorate from Rutgers University, USA. Before academia, Professor Narula worked as an Engineer at the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Nigeria, and later as a Planning Analyst at IBM Asia/Pacific Headquarters in Hong Kong,”

Narula has regularly acts as a consultant and advisor to the European Commission, UNIDO, UNCTAD, OECD, World Bank, as well as a variety of other international organisations, national governments, and consulting firms. He has been involved in advisory activities in Tanzania, Uganda, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Russia, India, Qatar, UAE, Senegal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa, in addition to almost all the countries in Europe.