Ibe Chukwuma graduated cum laude with a B.Sc. 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 worked as a senior training specialist at leading U.S. defense contractors. During his time with the firms, Ibe traveled extensively across Africa advising regional security units and managing U.S. government capacity building initiatives in the defense/security sector. Ibe’s professional experience includes assignments in Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia. He has collaborated with international partners, including British and Dutch military advisors, on program implementation in Uganda. Ibe has served as a guest speaker in the USAFRICOM Regional Studies elective at the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia. Ibe joins Jackson's MA program with a focus on business, government and the international economy. He is exploring how government policies influence decisions by firms and industries, and vice-versa. Ibe’s interests include foreign direct investment, infrastructure development, capital markets, macro and micro policy issues in emerging and frontier markets in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.