Dr. Friday Okpara is an Entrepreneurship Educator and a Small Business Development Specialist. He is the Founder and Patron of the Club, University of Abuja, Nigeria from 1995 till date. He was a Lecturer at the Department of Business Administration, University of Abuja, Nigeria 1995-2006 and an Assistant Professor (Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management), University of Gondar, Ethiopia, 2006-2008. He is the President, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Small Business Management (CEDSBM) and Mega-Top Management Ltd (a firm of Management Consultants).

He chaired the committee on Tertiary Entrepreneurship Development Programme (TIEDEP). He presently drives the Mind shift-Entrepreneurship Programme of SMEDAN. He is also a member of the Body of Experts of the Central Bank of Nigeria TertiaryInstitutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (CBNTIES), an adjunct facultymember of the University of Abuja Business School and the Abuja GraduateSchool. He is also member of the Advisory board of the AGOA Civil SocietyOrganisation based in Washington DC, USA.