Adaora Nwankwo-Onyiuke

Senior Lecturer


With a background in leading teams in the private sector, providing academic and consulting services Adaora is an experienced consultant and academic. ‚Äč Clients have included four Nigerian states, helping them to develop a more strategic approach to scholarships, focusing on areas in which they need the most expertise.  Working closely with the Nigerian states and their universities and establishing links with British Universities, Adaora has also been involved in the selection of scholarship students and their admissions into UK universities, subsequently placing the graduates in Nigerian ministries where their skills can benefit the states. 

With an MPhil and MBA in strategy, Adaora’s HE teaching experience focuses on Strategy and International Business.

Published in the UK and internationally, Adaora’s research interest is in Foreign Direct Investment and Entrepreneurship and the drivers of economic development in developed and developing countries. Her PhD research is focused on the sustainability of student/graduate start-ups in business incubators in UK universities.


  • PhD Registration, Coventry University, 2016
  • PgCert Higher Education Professional Practice, Coventry University, 2015
  • MPhil Strategy and International Business, Northumbria University, 2010
  • MBA Strategy, Northumbria University, 2004
  • BSc. Political Science and Public Administration, University of Uyo, Nigeria, 1998

Professional and Industry Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK

Research and Consultancy

Adaora’s entrepreneurship PhD research is focused on the sustainability of University driven business incubators, examining the incubation policy and practices in Higher Education support which have led to successful student/graduate start-ups.  Her research aims to build on Gibbs (2005) pioneering work on the Entrepreneurial University and QAA (2012) framework for HE providers in the UK. 

Adaora’s economic development interest is in the drivers of economic development in developed and developing countries focused principally on the activities of multinational enterprises and small and medium enterprises. She has researched scholarship in foreign direct investment in Africa with a focus on Multinational enterprises in the oil and telecommunication in Nigeria.

Publications and Scholarship Activities

  • An evaluation of how student engagement is facilitated on digital platforms – Conference paper at the APT conference 'Flipping the Institution' at Greenwich University. July 2015.
  • A Mixed Methods Investigation of the Determinants of FDI inflows in Nigeria: a case of the oil and telecommunications sectors – Conference paper at the Oxford Business and Economics Conference in Oxford University. June 2010. 
  • Foreign Direct Investment: a Curse or Course for developing economies. Conference Paper at the Newcastle Business School Conference.  November 2009.
  • Book Review for Moran, T. Harnessing Foreign Direct Investment for Development: Policies for Developed and Developing Countries. Journal of International Development. Accepted for publication. 2009
  • Arguments for and against Diversifying the Nigerian Economy from Oil-Intensive FDI. Conference Paper at the Newcastle Business School Conference.  November 2008.
  • Is Democracy the Key to the Increase of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Inflows?- Conference Paper at the 7th Global Conference on Business and Economics in Rome, Italy.  October 2007.
  • Determinants of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Inflows in Nigeria- Conference Paper at the 6th Global Conference on Business and Economics in Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.  October 2006.

Adaora Nwankwo-Onyiuke

Teaching Areas

  • International Business Strategy
  • Developing Business Skills
  • Workplace Project
  • Sustainable Strategy – From Planning to Implementation
  • Managing International Trade
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Dissertation
The Queen's Award for Enterprise
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2023