European University Institute names its first Black African Professor

06/21/2021

The European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy recently appointed Prof. Kenneth Amaeshi (pictured) as a Professor of Sustainable Finance and Governance.

LONDON, England June 21, 2021 -- Nigerian-born University of Edinburgh Professor of Sustainable Business, Kenneth Amaeshi, has been named Professor of Sustainable Finance and Governance at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.

The European University Institute was set up in 1972 by the founding members of the European Communities to cultivate high-level contributors to academics and policy-making who will shape social progress and the advancement of the European spirit.

Up until now the Director, Scaling Business in Africa, and Chair in Business and Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, Mr Amaeshi will, amongst others, be saddled with the responsibility of overseeing research and pedagogy on global south governance, in the light of the Institute's repositioning after the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

He is additionally expected to leverage his expertise in the dissection of global south governance endeavours vis a vis the Institute's recommendations to the European Union, towards good governance policy initiatives and financing of sustainable development.

Mr Amaeshi's research is international and has a very strong interface between business and society, particularly national governments in Africa. Since 2015, and in collaboration with the Tony Elumelu Foundation, he has developed the intellectual foundations of Africapitalism - an economic philosophy for the development of Africa - and championed its mainstreaming in the global academia.

An intellectually fecund scholar, Mr Amaeshi began his tertiary education in Nigeria - obtaining BA in Philosophy from the University of Uyo and MSc in Industrial/Organisational Psychology from the University of Nigeria. He also earned multiple academic degrees from several European universities, including the Pontifical Urban University, Rome (BPhil in Philosophy - cum laude) and University of Hull, School of Economics, UK (MSc in Economics of Public Policy).