Michael Obanubi is a principal consultant with considerable experience of leading projects. His expertise involves providing strategic advice to support development finance institutions, donors, foundations and multi-lateral development banks to develop interventions designed to facilitate increased investment in the agriculture and infrastructure sectors in emerging markets.
He has expertise on technical issues such as development finance, value-chain analysis, economic appraisal and cost benefit analysis, impact assessment, business plan development and evaluations. He has a strong understanding of the development finance landscape and the investment approaches of several institutions. He also brings in-country experience in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Morocco, South Africa, Zambia, Mali, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Nicaragua.
Prior to joining CEPA, Michael worked as an economist at HM Treasury, and before that spent three years working as an economist in Nigeria and Uganda through the ODI Fellowship. He holds an undergraduate degree from Warwick University and a post-graduate degree from University College London. He also holds qualifications in Advanced Econometrics and Public Finance from the London School of Economics, and additional postgraduate qualifications in Economic Appraisals and Privatisation & Public Private Partnerships from SOAS, University of London.
Recent News & insights
Technical support to AGRA’s policy team on micro reforms
CEPA was appointed by AGRA to provide additional training and technical support provided to its Micro Reforms for African Agribusiness (MIRA) team.
Competitiveness assessment of the Tanzanian tea sector
CEPA worked together with the Wood Foundation to complete a comprehensive study of the competitiveness the tea sector in Tanzania.
Mobilising finance for infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa & South Asia
Our research for DFID highlighted the need for public institutions to create bankable infrastructure projects to unlock funds available from the private sector.
Strategic support to the Private Infrastructure Development Group
We advised the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) to focus on addressing project development constraints and facilitate local currency finance under its new Five-Year Strategic Plan.
Technical support to complete impact assessments of investments
CEPA, in partnership with Kantar Public East Africa, was engaged by the IFC and GAFSP to assess the impact of multiple investments in Tanzania and Senegal.
Value-chain analysis to support investment in agribusiness
CEPA worked with the IFC and the Global Food and Agriculture Security Programme (GAFSP) to complete comprehensive agricultural value-chain assessments in Cote d’Ivoire,...
Evaluating the social and economic impact of investments in wastewater
CEPA conducted a literature review of methodological approaches to evaluate economic and social impact of investments in the wastewater sector.
Estimating a shadow value of water
CEPA were appointed by the EBRD to support them in developing estimates of an economic value of water, reflecting the full social costs of water...