Eric Idehen


Eric’s personal and professional travels took him from his home country of Nigeria to Ukraine, Spain, and finally the United States of America. During his long odyssey from Nigeria, he nursed the dream of opening orphanages in Africa (Nigeria). The Cornerstone of Hope Orphanage is the realization of that dream that began many years ago.


Eric graduated from Federal Polytechnic Auchi (Nigeria) with Higher National Diploma in Quantity Surveying, Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix (USA), and presently working on his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Walden University (USA), graduating 2020.


Presently, he works for Wells Fargo Bank as Vice President of Community Development. Most recent companies and role included Bank of The West (Branch Sales Manager), and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa (Director). Eric sits on the board of the Political and Economic Research Council (PERC), Iowa Literacy Council (President), Iowa Community Capitol, 6thAvenue Corridor, and many more, where he continues his service to his community and shares his experience with others.


Past board and Committee membership include the American Red Cross Board of Central Iowa, the New Iowan Centers Community Advisory Committee, the Greater Des Moines Partnership Diversity Committee, Iowa International Center, etc.  He is a member of the Des Moines Rotary Club.


Eric and his wife, Emily, live in Urbandale, Iowa and have three sons and one daughter. In addition to several Nigerian dialects, Eric also speaks fluent Spanish and Russian.