Executive Director

Dr. Bell Ihua

Dr. Bell IHUA is currently Executive Director at Africa Polling Institute (API). He previously served as Principal Consultant at DBI Analytics Consulting and on the Boards of SMYLE Africa Group and Dumena Code Academy. He has had a diverse career with over 18 years professional experience spanning professional services, public opinion polling, social research, management consulting, academia, philanthropy, and the creative arts. He trained as a social scientist from universities in the United Kingdom; and has been considered one of Nigeria’s leading pollsters and survey research experts.

Prior to joining API, Dr. Ihua served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NOIPolls Limited, after holding positions of Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Research Director & Chief Methodologist. He was a lecturer at Coventry University’s Business School in the United Kingdom, where he taught business management modules and supervised research projects at under graduate and post-graduate levels. He was also an Assistant lecturer and Research Associate at the Centre for Value Chain Research (CVCR), Kent Business School, University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.

Over the last 7 years, Dr. Ihua has led teams of researchers to consult for major domestic and international organizations, such as the World Bank, US Conflict & Stabilization Organization (USCSO), US  State Dept. Office of Opinion Research (USOOR), British Council, UK DFID, German Embassy, GIZ, United States Institute for Peace (USIP), International Republican Institute (IRI), National Democratic Institute (NDI), MacArthur Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation amongst others. He has also led research assignments across the West African sub-region, and often contributes opinion pieces to Business Day Newspaper. He is a regular guest on radio and TV, where he discusses findings from new opinion polls and research projects. Bell earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Abuja, M.Sc. Business Management (Birmingham), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and M.Sc. Knowledge Management (Aberdeen), and PhD Management from Kent Business School, University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom.