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PhD, Financial Management: Northcentral University
MA, Finance: Southern New Hampshire University 
MBA, Business Administration: Sothern New Hampshire University
BS, Accounting: Daniel Webster College 


Jacob Ongaki, PhD, has a professional background in accounting and finance within the mutual fund industry (accounting, taxation, shareholder distributions and disclosures, and compliance) for more than 17 years. Ongaki has several years of adjunct professor experience teach traditional and online business courses at various academic institutions. Ongaki is flexible when it comes to teaching various business classes, however, his main focus is undergraduate and master’s level finance classes.

One of Ongaki's main focuses when teaching his courses are the outcomes related to the concept and practical application that are valuable to CMU graduates. He creates an inviting and a conducive learning atmosphere, which allows students to feel comfortable and valuable, and allows for open dialogue and communication. By creating this atmosphere in the classroom it prepares students for various challenges and issues beyond the classroom. Ongaki believes knowledge is a key component which shapes continuous improvement and respect for others via constructive feedback, criticism and dialogue.

Ongaki emigrated from Africa and achieved advanced education degrees in the United States. He is thankful for life opportunities and believes every student has the potential to succeed; despite the many obstacles and challenges encountered. 

Recently, Ongaki transitioned from the corporate environment to tenured faculty at CMU. He is glad to be a part of Colorado Mesa University's faculty and to be a part of the surrounding communities.