Dr. Babafemi Oyewole

Dr. Babafemi Oyewole, the Managing Director/CEO and Secretary to the Board of African Agribusiness Alliance was formerly the Managing Director/CEO and Secretary to the Executive Committee of the African Cashew Alliance (ACA), Accra, Ghana, a USAID funded international alliance for the cashew industry. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in strategic planning and management, banking and finance, private enterprise development and consulting. Dr. Oyewole had also served a six-year term as the Executive Director/CEO of the African Petroleum Producers’ Association (APPA) Fund for Technical Cooperation, developing oil, gas and energy projects in 16 African countries. He was the Assistant Secretary General/Deputy CEO of the West African Bankers Association Secretariat, Freetown, Sierra Leone and General Manager and head of division at Banque Internationale du Bénin, where he implemented corporate transformation and innovation strategy which led to the expansion of business opportunities for the bank. In 2010, he founded the International Information Technology and Training Centre in Cotonou, Benin that trains young entrepreneurs who seek to create small/medium enterprises. Dr. Oyewole studied at the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, as a Chevening Fellow, for his PhD in Development Finance, University of Lagos, Nigeria for his Masters in economics, specializing in project management, MBA in Technology, Marketing and Business Strategy from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria. He also studied for Certificate in private enterprise development from the JF Kennedy School, Harvard University in Boston, USA. Dr. Oyewole serves on the Board of Supreme Microfinance Bank, Lagos, Nigeria and the African Petroleum Institute, Cairo, Egypt. He is a resource person at UNCTAD on natural resources management and local content development. He was a member of the Global Cashew Council (GCC) for the 2015-2016 where he made contributions to the strategic direction of the Council. Dr. Oyewole is a regular speaker at international conferences on the development finance, agribusiness, oil, gas and energy issues in Africa. He enjoys research, travelling and networking. He is married with two children. His experience and dedication to strategic management and business development will be invaluable to AAA and its mission of transforming agriculture in Africa through the development of the agribusiness value chain.



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