Member Bio

November   2015

Chema Ude,
Executive Vice President - Nigeria Division
Hotel Paradise Africa, LLC

CAREER HISTORY

Originally from Nigeria, Chema is a retired career Urban, Regional and Environmental land use planner who worked for about 26 years as a Senior and Associate Planner for Riverside County and San Bernardino county as well as for various cities of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Fontana and the City of Irvine in southern California.

He acquired progressive experience in areas of Environmental Assessment, impact mitigation review, approval or denial of various projects including residential subdivisions, industrial and business offices, and solar projects for compliance with local ordinances, state and federal environmental laws, polices and regulations.

AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

Document preparation and the review of Environmental Impact Reports (EIR); California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); the review of projects for compliance and implementation. Wrote staff reports and made public presentations for the Planning Commissions, City Councils and the Board of Supervisors for various governmental jurisdictions over the years. Was directly responsible for the hiring, training and supervision of a staff of 12 professional planners and support staff over the years.

EDUCATION

Graduate Studies: University of Pepperdine, California, USA. Master of Planning and Public Administration (MPPA)

Bachelors Degree: California Baptist University, California, USA. Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Public Administration and Polical Science.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER INTERESTS

Planning Association of America

Toastmasters International of America

Accomplished Public Speakers' Bureau

Award winning and published poet, photojournalist and inventor.

Mr. Ude's knowledge of Nigeria along with his education in city planning, and his 26 years of experience as a city planner in 2 of the largest counties in California, make him an invaluable member of Hotel Paradise Africa, LLC moving forward onto the cost of Nigeria, and the entire west coast of Africa.