Ibe Chukwuma graduated cum laude with a BSc in interdisciplinary studies, with a concentration in political and economic development in Africa, from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. While at Old Dominion, Ibe obtained a certificate of completion, as a PepsiCo Fellow, from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Summer Institute for General Management. Prior to Yale, Ibe had more than seven years of experience in client service, business development, and strategy consulting as a senior defense/security advisor and project leader. He has traveled extensively across Africa advising regional security units and managing U.S. government security governance programs. Ibe’s professional experience includes assignments in Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia. He has collaborated with international partners, including the British, Danish, Dutch, and U.S. military advisors on capacity-building initiatives. He has served as a guest speaker in the USAFRICOM Regional Studies elective at the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. At Jackson, Ibe concentrated in global strategic management, finance, and China. Ibe served on the graduate council of the Yale University Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel & Center, and was active in the mentorship program. In 2017, he co-organized a Jackson student event with an African electoral strategist. Post-graduation, Ibe will be based in New York City as director for Africa at a global investment firm.