Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano has just sworn in Nigeria’s youngest commisioner in the person of Mark Okoye II. Okoye II, flanked by his wife, was inaugurated on Monday as the Honourable Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners at the Executive Council Chamber of Anambra State. The 30-year-old becomes the youngest commissioner in Nigeria.
Mark possesses a unique combination of experience spanning governance, policy formulation, public sector financing, public budget analysis and corporate finance.
Prior to his current role, he served in his current capacity for twenty months during the last administration. Mark also served as a senior member of the investment banking division at Afrinvest (West Africa) Limited where he was instrumental in executing numerous capital raising and financial advisory transactions.
Key transactions include the restructuring of UBA Plc in line with new Central Bank of Nigeria banking guidelines (2012), US$80mm debt and equity capital raising for Kano Shopping Mall (2012), the first and largest shelf registration in Nigeria, US$2.3bn Lagos State Government bond issuance program (2011).
He holds a B.Sc. Finance from the prestigious George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA and is an alumnus of several executive education courses and programmes, including Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, Euromoney, Dubai, UAE. On June, 2015 he was appointed the Special Adviser to the Governor on Economic Planning and budget.