Tony Okoromadu

Executive Assistant Professor
Department of Finance

Biography

Tony Okoromadu is an assistant professor of the practice and joined academia after decades of work in industry. He brings a unique perspective garnered from thirty years’ prior experience that took in management and executive roles across a variety of sectors: finance, management consulting, engineering, nonprofits, executive education, media & entertainment, technology. He has vast experience leading and managing both small and large multinational and multiethnic teams, and has done so across different countries as well. His teams have stood out for their harmony and strength of will; knowing how to galvanize their different individual talents, personalities, and perspectives, while enthusiastically directing these towards a shared set of objectives. Over the years, he has mentored and developed young managers who have themselves gone on to chart successful professional trajectories of their own.

He is known for his thoroughness and abiding pursuit of excellence; and also for his advocate’s propensity towards equitable treatment and respect for others, regardless of life station, professional status, or intellectual achievements.

At a turning point in his career, a burning curiosity about the economics of business and finance at country level, led him to start a consulting outfit in the United Kingdom that would focus on researching business and economic issues facing emerging economies, requiring shuttling between London and Lagos. The results and his analytical and intellectual competencies and business insights, received praise from prestigious institutions around the world, among them the Financial Times, London Business School, INSEAD (France), and the AACSB, among others. These abilities have also been recognized through a variety of merit-based awards such as the Chevening Scholarship from the United Kingdom Government.

In his role as educator, he is particularly driven to engage and motivate students to become critical thinkers and life-long learners. To help achieve this, he undertakes to tailor his instruction to meet the needs of the individual student by identifying their unique talents as well as their areas for growth. His delivery emphasizes conceptual learning and critical thinking, using relevant and responsive material to drive his curriculum; and he supports his students by differentiating his instruction to accommodate the students’ different learning styles and backgrounds. Though his coursework is frequently rigorous and the material challenging, he reinforces for students just how capable and competent they are and impresses upon them his commitment to work with them until they confidently master the material presented. Beyond the academic focus, he works to ensure that each student retains a strong sense of self and encourages them to embrace a lifelong dogged and resilient ethical orientation to their personal life and their work.

It is crucially important to him that his classes guide students to situate college learning within the broader context of what is an education, as distinct from mere instruction or dissemination of information in a particular specialty or tradecraft; for this reason he is fond of incorporating case studies alongside academic textbook material, always pushing to bring real world context into the classroom. He prioritizes a “big picture” perspective, as well as a sense of the inexorable impact – frequently in small ways unnoticed by them, but of lasting consequence, nonetheless – that the students as individuals will have on their surroundings and on persons they encounter as they go about their daily lives. The mantra that subtly permeates his classes is “You Can Change the World!” weblink

His published material include: three books (two business, one non-fiction); a business case study involving two of europe’s largest multinationals and approved for undergraduate, graduate and executive business education (The Case Center, United Kingdom); and a co-authored peer reviewed academic paper in an engineering journal (Elsevier). He has also written hundreds of articles and position papers on a variety of disparate topics across various genre; from business to social issues, religion, philosophy, art and literature. He was guest columnist for a business publication (BusinessDay Newspapers), maintaining a weekly column appropriately named “Mélange”, which he one day intends to resurrect. He has also been keynote and guest speaker at several events and gatherings.

He and his wife, Lisa, are blessed with a loving and caring widely spread family. He has lived and worked in three continents: Europe, Africa and North America; is culturally savvy; multilingual (five languages); and at home in different cultures and work environments.