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My favorite thing about teaching is getting to mentor and learn from my students.

Efiong Akwaowo, PhD



Dr. Efiong Akwaowo is an Assistant Professor in the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University. He received his PhD in International Business from Northcentral University and holds a Master and Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Southern University. Dr. Akwaowo has over twelve years of managerial experience, having worked with renowned corporations such as YUM Brands International and Rumak Global, LLC. He says, “My favorite thing about teaching is getting to mentor and learn from my students. I am excited to be a part of a renowned institution, and to associate with the best in the industry. I chose Ashford because of its experienced faculty members and the caring nature of the organization.” He has been married to his wife Rose for over two decades. The couple has two sons and two daughters.


Onatolu, A., Akwaowo, E. U. & Zobisch, P. (2016). Business Strategic Leadership, Marketing and Cultural Competence in International Business. International Business & Economics Research Journal. Issn: 2306-9007

Akwaowo, E. U. & Swanson, A. (2016). Foreign Direct Investment, Corporate Social Responsibility and Poverty Alleviation: Evidenced From African Countries. Review of Business and Finance Research, 7(2). (ISSN 2150-3338 print & 2156-8081 online).

Akwaowo, E. U. (2013). Foreign Direct Investment in Developing African Countries: Their Effects on the Economic Growth in Cameroon (2006-2011) IBusiness Journal, DOI: 10.4236/ib.2013.51003

Active Research

Umoh, E., Akwaowo, E., Swanson, A., & Zobisch, P. (n.d.). Strategic planning in developing countries (Nigeria): Recommendations for Improvement. (Actively researching).

Zobisch, P., & Swanson, A. (2017 April). FREE Innovation in the Marketing Classroom. Marketing Educators Association (Actively researching).

Zobisch, P., Akwaowo, E., Onatolu, D., & Swanson, A. (2017 April). Marketing entrepreneurship. Marketing Educators Association (Actively researching).


Genetic leadership: Fact or fiction? Institute for Behavioral and Applied Management (IBAM). November, 2016 Co-Presenters: Andree.Swanson, Paula.Zobisch, & Omar.Parks

Faculty Perceptions on Publishing Research: International Conference of Interactive Collaborative Learning

Presenters: Andree.Swanson, Diane.Pennington, Efiong.Akwaowo, & Paula.Zobisch

Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon: Foreign Direct Investment, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Poverty Alleviation: COSTA RICA GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON BUSINESS AND FINANCE (GCBF) SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: MAY 26-29, 2015
Presenters: Efiong.Akwaowo & Andree.Swanson

Making Beautiful Music by Doing Discussions the Ashford Way!: 2015TxDLA Annual Conference
Presenters: Efiong Akwaowo & Vanessa Washington


Doctor of Philosophy, International Business
Northcentral University
Master of Business Administration
Texas Southern University
Bachelor of Business Administration
Texas Southern University

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