#LLANews – Chinwe Egwim Becomes Chief Economist at Coronation Merchant Bank

Chinwe Egwim

Chinwe Egwim is a professional economist with over 500 published economic notes under her belt. She consistently applies rigorous analysis to ensure Africa’s economic landscape is better understood. Before joining Coronation Merchant Bank, she has had economic-inclined roles at FBNQuest Merchant Bank, FBN Capital, Fitch Ratings Milan and the Central Bank of Nigeria. She holds a master’s degree in Financial Economics from Kingston University London, a BA in Economics from Kwame Nkrumah University Kumasi Ghana and is an alumna of the European School of Economics.

Chinwe was appointed as a National Consultant by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to lead the services trade project which is partly driven by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Through this project, she successfully led the UNECA National Seminar on global and regional value chain analysis for the financial services sector as well as produced a policy document on the back of extensive data analysis, which serves as an auxiliary resource for the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement.

Chinwe’s contributions have also supported high-level committees’ setup by development agencies like the World Bank. She has been included in IMF Article IV consultations. Chinwe is also an active member of the Africa Development Bank Meetings and sits as a member of the board committee on research at the Nigeria Economic Summit Group. She has served as Resident Economist for the research-based initiative, AiR – Africa Investment Roundtable.

Chinwe is a highly sought-after thought leader and has spoken at and delivered keynotes on several reputable platforms. Her ability to understand, process and extract value from data has landed her multiple high-level public speaking roles on expert panels. Her TEDx talk on Equipping the Female Economy has gained traction from policy-inclined and development institutions and has contributed to conversations around lifting women. On print media, her views around economic trends are featured across multiple media platforms – Chinwe’s article on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and Women was published by the World Economic Forum. She is regularly pulled in to give expert advice around economic trends on news channels such as CNBC Africa and the BBC.

Chinwe authored a book titled, Understanding Economic “Jargon”. The book uses a simple approach to break down how economic indicators and the investment climate react to economic shocks and upswings. It has ranked as a bestseller on Amazon. Chinwe is an advocate for women empowerment. In 2020, Chinwe was appointed as an Executive Council Member of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ).

She has received several reputable recognition and awards for her work as an Economist and Advocates for Women Empowerment. Some of which include: being recognised as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) 100 under 40 in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. She was listed as one of the 100 most inspiring Nigerian women by Leading Ladies Africa, included in the Corporate Nigeria PowerList as an influential professional Nigerian under 40 and recognised as a leading woman in banking by the Association of Professional Women Bankers.

Chinwe was nominated as professional of the year by Future Awards Africa and won the HER Network Career Woman of the Year in 2018. She has been featured on the cover pages of multiple business-driven magazines. She is an advisory board member of Africa Policy Conversations, Bookings Africa, 9 to 5 Chick and The Women International.

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