SAfrica Growth Initiative, Brookings Institution - Uche Ordu is a senior fellow and director of the Africa Growth Initiative in the Global Economy and Development program. Prior to taking up his appointment at Brookings, he was managing partner at Omapu Associates LLC, a boutique advisory services and consulting firm. Ordu was previously vice president at the African Development Bank. Before his appointment as vice president, he was regional director for Eastern Africa (covering Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, and Uganda). He also worked at the World Bank for over 22 years and served in various leadership and managerial capacities, including director of operations policy and country services; operations director for the Latin America and the Caribbean region; country manager (Manila, Philippines); manager, development effectiveness, Middle East and North Africa region; and manager, Young Professionals Program. He led the design of investment projects in diverse sectors, including urban water and sanitation, agriculture, irrigation and rural development, energy, and transport infrastructure.