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Prof. Mondy Gold: Recognising the vision and record of a great Ijaw leader in USA

Who is Prof. Mondy Gold?

Professor Mondy Selle Gold was born on September 16, 1957, by HRH Kanyareye Gold and Ma Bede Gold (Nee Ozikozi) from Torugbene, a border community in both Bayelsa and Delta States. He attended primary school in Torugbene and secondary school in Bonny, River State. He worked in Pan African Bank before preceding to the United States in 1981. He is married with children.

He has dedicated his life to building a better future for the Ijaw people – from taking Ijaw National Congress (INC) to the US to forming Bayelsa Center USA and organizing the first global conference of Bayelsa State in Atlanta to serving as a member of the Ijaw/Urhobo Conflict Resolution Committee in Washington DC to serving as the President of the Ijaw Diaspora Council in the US that spearheaded the rejuvenation of INC in the United States leading to the election of Professor Ogele Okaba as President.

His love for Ijaw nation

MONDY SELE Gold is a patriot. He loves the land of his birth. He loves Bayelsa. He loves Nigeria. He has lived in the United States of America for well over thirty years now, only because he has since taken to heart the words of the great American novelist, James Baldwin. “Know whence you came from. There’s no limit to where you can go.”

By the same token, Mondy Gold traverses the world at will, but he takes time to connect with his roots on yearly visits. Gold could jolly well pass for a citizen of the world. He has lived in the west. He has lived in the east. He has lived in the south. He has lived in the north.

He has lived in the lower and upper hemispheres of life, and his everyday conduct is informed by the experience he has garnered in the course of his frequent flights around some of the world’s greatest capital cities.

Ask Mondy Gold anything you wish to know about the world economy, and be amazed that one human being can be in possession of such awesome facts and still remain cool, calm and gentle. Mondy Sele Gold qualifies to be described by all three adjectives.

He is the typical American gentleman, ready to be of help that he might be helped. In more ways than one, Mondy has helped in mining for gold. Now it is left for the world to assess Mondy Gold for his worth. And his true worth is to be found in the pages of his first book entitled “The Global Reach For Gold.”

On April 12, 2002, Mondy’s love for Bayelsa came under great pressure for expression, and he had no choice but to give in. He had received news about the creation of Bayelsa State and was excited about what he could do, and how he would do it, just to make Bayelsa stand out among her peers.

The state had suffered a few faltering steps under the first three military administrators, Phillip Ayeni, Caleb Olubolade and Edor Obi. When a son of the land, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, a chief of Amassoma, emerged as the first civilian governor of Bayelsa, Mondy Gold raised his antennae.

As a concerned son of Glory Land living in diaspora, Mondy had his feelers trained for fresh news about home from then on. Ideas were flying about in the air as to what the new government should do or not do, and it was important to establish a loud voice in the ears of the listening public about matters concerning Bayelsa, even if that voice came from outside the country.

The conversation was raucous enough to confuse any government, and it was imperative to lend a brand new tone to the debate about the future of the youngest oil-rich state in Nigeria.

Mondy Gold put heads together with his brethren in America, and sought a platform of interface with the Alamieyeseigha government. He was one of the key sons of Bayelsa who played host to a formal delegation from the Bayelsa State government to explain itself and justify its manifesto to sons and daughters abroad.

Alamieyeseigha, leader of the delegation, had thought it worthwhile to give ear to the yearnings of Bayelsans in diaspora, if only to make everyone have a sense of belonging. The Bayelsa Union in America and Canada had written a severe letter to the state government, virtually questioning its ability to perform.

What exactly did Alamieyeseigha have in mind for the people of Bayelsa? What could he do for the long-suffering masses? What was he really doing? Was he sincere about his intentions to the land and good people of Bayelsa State?

These questions were blunt, and they needed urgent answers. The thinking was straight forward. It would be more costly to invite all members of the Bayelsa Union to proceed to Bayelsa from America and see the progress of work by the foundation government.

It was better to honour our sons and daughters in diaspora, pay them a formal visit, reason with them around the proverbial round table full of tea-cups and saucers, give them a formal report, and make them feel part and parcel of the government.

From New York and Dallas and Detroit, from Nebraska, Florida and Sacramento, from Alabama, Houston, Philadelphia and Massachusetts, sons and daughters of Bayelsa stock gravitated towards Atlanta, Georgia, venue of the historic summit.

Chairman of the Bayelsa Union in America and Canada, Omubo-Dede stood alongside Fred Nyananyo and Mondy Gold to spell out their gratitude for being acknowledged in the vital roles they could play toward the development of Bayelsa State. From that visit, Alamieyeseigha picked Fred and Dede as Commissioners in his new cabinet, Fred for transport, Dede for environment.

As for Mondy Gold, he went back to school. He was used to being in an academic setting, imparting knowledge, debating issues, plumbing the archives for critical information that would help to build the story of the future in the interest of generations to come.

As we speak, Mondy Gold is a professor of economics in a Chinese university far away from Bayelsa, his homeland. He is doing his best to assimilate what he knows of the western world alongside what obtains in the far eastern world, in the hope that he might emerge with results that speak of improving human relations across borders.

More than that, Mondy Gold has a hard nose for economics. How do market forces work? What are the fundamental intricacies of the New York Stock Exchange? How did the big brands on Wall Street come about, and what is their individual test in weight, relevance and acceptability?

What commercial product in France takes its root from America, and where was America when France overran the market with particular regard to that product? These constitute a random sampling of the kind of questions that get Professor Mondy Sele Gold truly excited.

His mind engages gear whenever such questions take the air. He has since thought it fit to share what he knows about these and more questions in his first book entitled, “The Global Reach For Gold.”

In twelve distinctive chapters, Gold goes in search of real gold in the pages of a book which pulsates with facts, figures, company profiles, and apparent solutions to understanding the dynamics of world trade from the most rudimentary stage to the present wonders of technology and its influence on the prospects of commerce, industry and sports at the world-class level.

The book begins with a layman’s understanding of international business before making a foray into skills and techniques of managers in multinational and domestic corporations.

The story of Xerox and its reinvention, the story of
Wal-Mart, the world’s largest multinational corporation, the connection between Apple and Samsung as multinational technology giants — these constitute the meat of this book.

Gold goes even further to investigate the success stories of leading multinational sporting goods manufacturers, namely Nike and Adidas. The book ends with a resounding memorandum to the President of the United States of America with specific reference to the policy on corporate ethics reformation as it concerns child labour.

A bewildering mass of facts, data and statistics, impressive with its staggering welter of research detail spanning America, Europe, and the far East, this book simplifies the grand machinations of multi-national corporations, and reveals the underbelly of the global competitive search for gold, the all-time currency that serves to drive some of the biggest industry brands in living history.

Mondy Selle Gold has written a remarkable book that will contest space with the most famous manuals on the intricate business interface of the world economy. He deserves all the kudos he can get.

Education and Qualification

Dr. Mondy Gold, holds the position of Professor of Accounting. He is also a faculty member at the University of Phoenix and Northcentral University.

Professor Gold holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College of the City University of New York. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Queens College of the City University of New York.

Professionally, Dr. Gold has held managerial positions centered around financial controlling and presently is a Managing Partner at Queens Accounting & Tax Service in New York. He passed the Certified Public Accountant exams (CPA) in 1997 with the focus of Law & Auditing. He is also consultant to a number of international organizations and a foreign government including the Brothers Keepers International and Multiple Base Systems. Dr. Gold is an active member of several professional accounting associations.

His academic focus centers around ethical behavior especially as it pertains to leadership and in particular with leadership in the public sector.

He has taught several undergraduate, graduate and doctoral courses including: management theory & practice, organization behavior, introduction to business, principles of managerial finance, public leadership, organization theory and change, public policy analysis, managerial accounting, corporate finance, public financial management & budgeting, introduction to leadership, and leadership in public administration, Doctoral Dissertation Research, Qualitative Methods, and Research Methodology.

He enjoys supporting students in their thesis work and has supervised theses at University of Phoenix and chaired Dissertation Committees at Northcentral University.

Academic Positions Held

Professor of Accounting, Finance & Management, UGSM-Monarch Business School

  • Professor, University of Phoenix

  • Professor, Northcentral University

  • Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Management, University of Phoenix, Arizona

  • Master of Public Administration emphasis on Financial Management, Baruch College, City University of New York, New York, USA

  • Bachelor of Business Administration-Accounting & Information Systems, Queens College, City University of New York, New York, USA

Awards And Honors

  • Certified Public Accountant, Status Passed (Law & Auditing), Registered Member 1997

Main Academic Interests

  • Managerial / Financial Accounting

  • Public Sector Leadership / Ethical Leadership

  • Trust in Organizations

Professional Positions Held In The Past

  • Managing Partner, Queens Accounting & Tax Service

  • Financial Controller, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • Assistant Financial Controller, Jewish Board of Family & Children Services

Associations And Memberships

  • Member, ACBSP-Accreditation Council For Business Schools & Programs, USA

  • Member, ECBE-European Council For Business Education, Switzerland

  • New State Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • National Association of Black Accountants

  • American Society of Association Executives

  • Social Environmental Impact Assessment Center

  • Institute of Management Accountants

Research & Publications in Journals

Perspectives on Anti-Intellectualism in Higher Education: What Should be Done at Colleges and Universities. The Business Journal, December, 2008.

The War on Iraq with Emphasis on Policy Implications for Future Generations. The Business Journal, October, 2008.

Comparative Analysis of the Leadership Styles of two Public Leaders: How They Gained or Lost Power. The Business Journal, July, 2008.

Identifying the Linkages Between Cultural Values and Ethical Leadership: The Case of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Dissertation. Abstract Journal, 2004.

Papers Presented

Imperatives of Ethical Leadership and How to Use the Power of Language Responsibly. Paper Presented at 92nd Leadership Conferences of New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Caskill, New York, November, 12-14, 2000.

Epitomizing Servant Leadership: Analyzing the Dilemmas of Power and Influence in Public Sector Leadership. Paper Presented at the 1st Ijaw National Congress Conference, Atlanta, May, 6-8, 2001.

Impact of Politics on Budgetary Process and How to Minimize Budget Impasse in the Public Sector. Paper Presented at the Annual Leadership Conferences of NYSSCPAs, Brooklyn, October, 28-30, 2001.

Leadership Crisis in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria: Reflection on the Internal and External Factors and Measures to Settle the Crisis. Paper Presented at the 1st Bayelsa State Center Conference, Springfield Gardens, February, 2-4, 2003.

Critical Thinking: The Issue of Trust in an Organization and What the New Generation of Leaders Must Know. Paper Presented as a Guest Speaker at the Annual Conference on the Challenges of New Leaders in Black Africa Organized by African Students Union at Queens College of the City University of New York, New York, July, 10, 2006

“Safeguarding Church Assets: Financial health of the church and what can be done?” on July 11, 2010

Articles Submitted For Publication

Redefining Organizational Structures: The Role of Public Administrators in the 21st Century. CPA Journal.

Preparing Budgets to Facilitate Management of Resources and How to Minimize Budget Impasse, Journal of Business Ethics.

Leadership Role of America in Race Relations: The Fight Against Stereotyping and Racist Tendencies, Journal of Psychology.

Essential Strategies and Skills for Learning for Academic Excellence in the Twenty First Century, CPA Journal.

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