Prof. Akpan Ekpo was appointed Director General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) from June 1st, 2009. Before this appointment he was the Vice-Chancellor of University of Uyo between 2000 and 2005. Professor Ekpo was the chairman of AkwaIbom Investment and Industrial Promotion Council, Uyo. He was also chairman of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, Federal Ministry of Finance 1994-1998. Professor Ekpo was a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2005 to 2009 and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee within the same period. He was also previously the president of the Nigerian Economic Society. Prof Ekpo acts on the Public Financial Management group of the expert panel.