Dr. Anthony Ikenna Babatunde Akah, mni, is the Acting Chairman /Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). Prior to his appointment, he was the General Manager (Director), Consumer Affairs at the Commission.
He is an alumnus of Nigeria’s apex institution, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru (mni-SEC.37, 2015).
A Chartered Accountant/Certified National Accountant of Nigeria, Certified International Regulation Specialist and Public-Private Partnership Specialist from the joint programme of the Loughborough University, UK Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), and the Institute For Public-Private Partnership (IP3), Virginia, USA. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University (JFK School of Government), USA’s Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies Course, 2008.
Akah is a graduate of Accountancy with a second major in Banking and Finance in 1989/1990 and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in Financial Management in 1992, from De La Salle University, Philippines. Dr. Akah also holds a Doctorate Degree in Management (Ph.D.), graduating with Distinction in 1996 from Adamson University, Philippines.
Dr. Akah is a member of many professional bodies, including, founding member- Academy of Regulatory Professionals, Public Utility Research Center, USA; Vice President, Nigerian Association For Energy Economics; International Association For Energy Economics; Nigerian Institute of Management; World Energy Council, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria and also a Member of Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) working Group on Customers and Retail Markets.
He currently serves as member of a seven-man presidium of ERRA, a body of the independent regulatory bodies comprising independent energy regulatory bodies from Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle East and the United States. Also a member of Ministerial Committee on Power in Nigeria.
Dr. Akah has represented Nigeria on several global utility regulatory and collaborative forums including the USA/Nigeria Binational Commission (The highest collaborative body for Nigeria and USA), World Energy Council (WEC) in Iceland and Africa Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR) in Ivory Coast, South Africa, among others. He has attended several Conferences, Seminars, Internships and Workshops within Nigeria and abroad.