Ayodele Patrick Aderinwale, MFR
Ayodele Patrick Aderinwale, MFR is a development professional, one of the foremost experts on leadership and governance issues in Africa and the Executive Director of the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF), Africa's premier civil society organization.
Aderinwale studied Political Science at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is an Alumnus of the United Nations University's International Leadership Academy and Kennedy School of Government at the Harvard University as well as the Center for Advanced Studies in International Negotiation in Geneva, Switzerland and the Salzburg Seminar.
As Executive Director of the ALF, Aderinwale has initiated and successfully implemented several high profile development programs aimed at building leadership capacities across the African region. These include training workshops, seminars, conferences and research programs, such as Regional African Parliamentarians Conference series, the Africa Women's Forum, the Democratic Leadership Training Workshop, Regional lunier Business Seminar series, Legislative Internship Project, Study on Sub-regional Security Protocols in Africa, Parliamentary Support Program that focused on a range of issues including capacity building training for African parliamentarians and parliamentary support staff. He charted the course for convening a coordinated response to the multi-lateral issues challenging socio-political and economic development in the various conferences and workshops organized under his direction.
On the African scene, Aderinwale has played key roles in developing many strategic development initiatives. He was instrumental to the development of the Conference on Security, Stability, Development and Cooperation in Africa (CSSDCA) which was adopted by the African Union in 2002 and upon which the African Peer Review Mechanism was modeled. Aderinwale served as chair of the African Capacity Building Foundation's Parliament, Vice President of the Economic, Cultural and Social Council (ECOSOCC), a statutory organ of the African Union.
He has consulted for several international agencies, including the United
Nations, The European Union, DFID and the Organization of Africa Unity now
Africa Union. He is a scholar, prolific writer and motivational speaker with
several published books and academic papers on varied thematic
development and governance issues.
Apart from a rich career in development, Aderinwale is also an astute
educationist, entrepreneur, and manager. He is currently the Chairman, Board
of Directors, Business School Netherlands - Nigeria, and also chairs the Bells
Educational Services, owner of Bells Comprehensive Schools and Bells
University of Technology, Ota - Nigeria. He is the chairman of Justrite Limited,
one of the leading superstores in Nigeria which has created over 300 direct
jobs to young Nigerians.
Aderinwale is also the Project Director of the Entrepreneurship Development
Centre (EDC), Lagos. EDC, Lagos is one of three centers established by the
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as a response mechanism to growing poverty
and youth unemployment in Nigeria. Under Aderinwale's leadership of the
centre, EDC Lagos has provided entrepreneurship training to over 16, 000
young Nigerians since its inception in 2008. The centre has created over 2000 new jobs from both start-up and expanded businesses.
In recognition of his numerous contributions to national development,
Aderinwale was, in 2006, decorated as Member of the Order of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria (MPR) by President Olusegun Obasanjo during his tenure
as President of Nigeria.