NJ Ayuk is the CEO-Centurion Law Group and Global Shaper at World Economic Forum. He is a modern-day renaissance man who has devoted his life to public service, law, and education. He advocates for intellectual property rights and is the founder of AYUK’s Foundation for Intellectual Property Rights (FIPR). He is also a co-founder of the Intellectual Property Rights Association (IPRA) and was appointed as Chair of IPRA’s Advocacy & Policy Committee.
He holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and a law degree (LLB) from the Nigerian Law School, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria.
- Career History
He has held many positions in his professional career, including being an attorney at the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP, a professor at Boston University, an economist at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and a policy expert at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as well as the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Chief Counsel for Policy & Planning at the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (NIPRCC).
- Awards and Recognitions
In November 2014, he was presented with the prestigious Raffles Education Award for Social Progress. NJ Ayuk also receives the 2014 Institution of Engineers (India) Young Engineer Achievement Award 2015 Global Shapers Community Impact Award from the World Economic Forum. In 2015 he was named one of “The 50 Most Influential African-Americans in Corporate America” by The Root.
- Professional Life and Community Involvement
He was previously a Business Analyst at Oracle Corporation, a Corporate and Investment Banking Analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and most recently served as the Director for the World Economic Forum’s Global Development Program. In addition to that, he served in the Clinton Administration as an Associate Director for African Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. He also led the U.S.
- Philanthropic Work
He founded AYUK’s Foundation for Intellectual Property Rights (FIPR). This organization seeks to foster the growth of a pro-active intellectual property rights (IPR) culture and community among the youth to lead citizens toward the responsible and ethical use of technology and preserve billions of people’s creativity worldwide.
- Institutional and Governmental Position
He is a registered lobbyist, policy advisor, and consultant with the State Department’s Office of the Global Intellectual Property Rights Coordinator at the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, and a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) Council on Commercial Law (CCL). He is an adjunct professor at Boston University’s John F.
- Knowledge and Interests
He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Bar Council, International Bar Association, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO). He is also a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management. He has published several books, research papers, articles, and book chapters on intellectual property rights and legal matters.
Success is achieved through hard work and commitment. The most valuable asset in my life has been the people in my life, my friends. Despite being in a leadership position and leading others to achieve great things, I have always known how fortunate I am to have had the best friends anyone could ever wish for, people I met through different phases of my career.