Dr Ferdinand Che joined the American University of Nigeria in January 2013. He brings industry and entrepreneurial experience. Before then, as founder of a UK boutique consulting firm based in London he forged partnerships with small and emerging companies to innovate, change and improve the way they serve their customers in the technology, telecoms, logistics, and energy sectors.
As a Business Consultant and an Entrepreneur, he provided seminars, presentations, and training to numerous organisations and a variety of audiences of varying levels. He founded a technology consulting firm in 2000 that delivered customized solutions to small as well as large businesses. He has worked for the Financial Times, GlaxoSmithKline, and other global organisations in the past championing the use of ICT to improve the performance.
He obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) in Electronics Engineering with Medical Electronics from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK), an MSc. In Diagnostics Imaging from Oxford University (UK), a PhD in Computer Vision from the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK), and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth (NH, USA).
He is currently the Interim Associate Dean of School of Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE), with a special portfolio of bridge-building with the School of Information Technology and Computing (SITC) to ensure that AUN distinguishes itself in matriculating the most technology-literate business students.
His research interests are in the areas of: entrepreneurship; decision science (the application of mathematical modelling and analysis to business and management problems); poverty reduction (the use of ICT to improve community health, reduce poverty, improve education and better access to information); economic growth (the use of ICT to improve business performance), and resources efficiency (harnessing renewable energy and leveraging other energy saving technologies to improve access to power in the emerging economies).