Mr. Umakhihe A. Ernest was born in Otuo, Owan East Local Government Area, Edo State, Nigeria on the 5th of April, 1964. He attended Edo College, Benin City for his West African School Certificate and the University of Benin for his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. He bagged a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the same University.

He started his career with the Nigeria Institute of Oil Palm Research, Benin City as an Accountant rising to the position of Head of Accounts in 1992. The Division was upgraded to a Department in 2007 and he was promoted to the position of Director of Finance and Account same year. In 2012, he transferred his services to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Abuja

He resumed as Deputy Director, Audit Monitoring Department in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and subsequently Acting Director and Head of the Department. Here, he was head of the Task Team on the Implementation of the Strategy Road Map for the Modernization of the Internal Audit function in the Public Sector Service-wide. He was promoted a Director in 2013 and was the Director, Finance and Accounts of the National Sport Commission from 2014 to  August , 2015 when he was posted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Director Finance and Accounts. He resumed as Director, Finance and Accounts of the Ministry of Defence on 7th May, 2018.

Mr. Umakhihe had attended several management courses both locally and internationally. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria and also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Administrators of Nigeria, and a Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Management.

Mr. Umakhihe, whose hobby is farming, is happily married with children.