An Ubulu-Uku man, Chris Chijiutomi was among the four Nigerians appointed by the United Nations (UN)  into finance group for High-Level Dialogue on energy.

Chris Chijiutomi, a Chartered Engineer holds an MEng in Chemical and Process Engineering from the University of Surrey, as well as a CMS (General Management) from Kingston University

Until his appointment Chijiutomi is the director, head of Infrastructure Equity at CDC Group. 

Other Nigerians in the 21-member team made up of technocrats are: Abiodun Aina, senior investment officer at International Finance Corporation (IFC); Tariye Gbadegesin, managing director at ARM Harith Infrastructure Investment Limited; Wiebe Boer, CEO at All On. 

The technical working group will focus on how public and private finance and investment can be mobilized and leveraged to achieve the 2025 Milestones, SDG7, and carbon neutrality, taking also into consideration enabling mechanisms such as the fiscal response to COVID-19, fossil fuel subsidy reform; green investment regulation; risk management and insurance.

The working Group on Finance and Investment is also expected to partner with the European Investment Bank (EIB), International Energy Agency (IEA), and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) as co-leads.

Other members of the technical group on finance and investment includes Mohammed Alsayed, manager of Economic Infrastructure at IsDB; Anunya Bahanda, Intern at Savo Project Developers; Antonella Baldino, Head at CDP International Development Finance; Héla Cheikhrouhou, Chair and Chief Executive Officer at Nithio; Anton Eberhard, Professor Emeritus at University of Cape Town, South Africa; Andrew Herscowitz, Chief Development Officer at DFC; Heidi Huusko, senior manager, Environment and Climate at UN Global Compact.

The team also includes Filip Koprčina, Founder of Energy Shift; Najada Kumbuli, Head of investment at Visa Foundation; Leslie Labruto, Head of Global Energy at Acumen; Teddy Mugabo, CEO at Fonerwa; Joseph Nganga, Executive Director at Smart Power Africa; Hong Paterson, Chief Investment Officer at Green Climate Fund; Josefina Stubbs, Project Manager at Res4Africa Foundation; Cecilia Tam, Head of OECD Clean Energy Finance and Investment Mobilisation and Valeria Termini, Professor of Political Economics at Università degli Studi di Roma Tre,Italy.

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