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Africa Leadership Forum (ALF) Appoints New Head

Posted: May 30, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Africa Leadership Forum, a leadership and capacity development organisation, has announced the appointment of Olumide Ajayi as new Head and Executive Director of the forum. Until his elevation,  Ajayi, was formerly the deputy Director and Chief of programmes of the forum  a Development Economist with a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, was formerly the Deputy Director and Chief of Programmes of the Forum.

Ajayi who is a development economist with doctorate degree in Agricultural economics started his career as a junior researcher and lecturer at the University of Ibadan before crossing over to the private sector where he rose to become a Senior Executive. He joined the ALF in 2001, first as the Programmes Manager, and was later promoted to become the Deputy Director.

He has written and contributed to some books and scholarly journals. He had been project consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (UNFAO), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Union (AU), and Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS), International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), United Kingdom, Femme Africa Solidarite (FAS), Geneva, and other organisations, in about ten different countries.

Aside his position as deputy director, he is a currently a trainer in the UNIDEP’s Gender and Economic Policy Management Initiative (GEPMI). Other responsibilities which he shouldered include being a Project Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria-Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) for South West Nigeria.

Presently, he is a Fellow of the Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiation (CASIN), Geneva, Switzerland, and the International Academy for Leadership, Gummersbach, Germany. He  also served on the Steering Committee of the World Bank international Essay Competition between 2006 and 2011.

He has worked on several expert groups such as African Union Gender Working Group (2004), Task Force on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for West Africa (2004), FIX NIGERIA Working Group (2006), UN Global Compact Coordinating Group for the Annual Forum of Local Networks (2006-2008).

Meanwhile, his appointment takes immediate effect.