THE FATE FOUNDATION
Adenike Adeyemi is an expert in social entrepreneurship, institutional transformation, non-profit sustainability, philanthropy and corporate governance. Her 20-year experience includes working in the private, public and development sectors to develop, fund and implement innovative programs and high impact policies for MSMEs and young people.
She is the Chief Executive Officer for FATE Foundation, Nigeria’s foremost business incubator which was founded in 2000 by Mr. Fola Adeola (founder, Guaranty Trust Bank). FATE Foundation has connected over 193,000 aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs with capacity building, advisory services, mentoring and financing to start, grow and scale their businesses.
Under her leadership, she established the FATE Institute as the thought leader in Nigeria’s MSMEs and the entrepreneurship ecosystem producing 13 research reports including the Annual State of Entrepreneurship in Nigeria Report. She has led the development and expansion of the FATE School of Entrepreneurship’s business incubation and accelerator programs to 27 states and published 9 books for Nigerian entrepreneurs. She also oversees the FATE Giving program which raised, disbursed and closed a $1,000,000 Fund for the FATE Philanthropy Coalition for COVID-19 Support Fund in 2020.
Adenike also led FATE Foundation’s digital pivot to launch the msmehub.org online resource portal for Nigerian entrepreneurs; the FATE E-Learn online program; and the Journeys in Entrepreneurship podcast and video series. She has raised over over $5,000,000 to date through partnerships with leading local and international organisations including the Youth Business International, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Meta, Standard Chartered Foundation, Citi Foundation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Ford Foundation, the African Capital Alliance Foundation and the ACT Foundation.
Her previous experience includes Manager, Public & Development Sector Services, KPMG Nigeria; pioneer Executive Director, Nigeria Leadership Initiative; and Learning Support Programme Manager at the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Program. She started her career in 2001 with the West African NGO Network and has Interned at the New York based Africa America Institute.
She has a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University (2005). She also obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Ibadan (2001). She is also a 2020 Eisenhower Global Women Leaders Fellow.
Adenike’s Board and Committee experience includes Trustee of the Youth Business International; Council Member, Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industries; non-Executive Director, VDT Bitflux Communications; Director, Oxbridge Tutorial College Foundation; and Advisory Board Member, BudgIT. She is also the lead facilitator for the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) MSME Community of Practice and the Chairman, Technical Sub Committee for the 2022 NESG Nigerian Economic Summit.
Mariam is a detail-oriented and action driven Finance professional with over 8 years’ experience in Management Accounting, Taxation and Auditing, Financial Management and Reporting, and other core areas such as Business Development, Strategic and Stakeholder Management.
She bagged her B.Sc from the University of Benin and has experience spanning industries including Education, Health, Insurance, FMCG and Non-Profit. She’s an Associate Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and continues to educate on Financial Literary especially for women and Nigerian Entrepreneurs.
She is a trained and an experienced communication strategist, marketer, editor, and public speaking trainer. She holds a B.A in English Language from University of Ibadan, and M.Sc. in Media Communication from Pan-Atlantic University. She has attended series of capacity development seminars.
Prior to Joining FATE Foundation, Blessing worked as the Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing at Fifth Gear Plus Consulting; a business consulting firm. She also served as the Business Development Officer and Editor at Commercial Law Development Services, a legal support organization as well as the Lead Trainer at BUS Public Speaking Academy.
At FATE Foundation, Blessing is responsible for developing creative and innovative communication and storytelling strategies in line with FATE Foundation’s strategic goals and priorities in other to increase her reach and visibility.
Oluchi Johnson-Achibiri is the content creator for FATE Foundation. She has about 11 years of experience in management consulting and a wealth of knowledge but not limited to Content Writing and management, Project Management, Due Diligence Investigations, Business Process Re-engineering, Loan Reconciliation, Training, Recruitment, and Firm Branding.
Oluchi currently lends her experience to help entrepreneurs start, grow, and scale their businesses. She was the project manager for the production of the “Setting up a Cakes and Desserts Business Handbook developed by FATE for LSETF. In her spare time, she is a writer, poet, truth-seeker, sage, and creative. She runs a blog and also manages a fashion brand called Mended Pieces.
Omolola leads the Human Resources unit and drives the People Strategy at FATE Foundation. She is responsible for developing, implementing and reviewing the HR Policy of the Foundation in respect of employee relations, talent management, performance management, compensation management, payroll administration, leave management, recruitment and selection, employee onboarding, learning and development, policy formulation, conflict management, exit management etc.
Prior to joining the FATE Team, Omolola had a brief stint as a Customer Relations Personnel and Talent Acquisition & Management Executive in the Banking and Telecommunications sectors respectively. She holds a BSc. in Psychology from Madonna University, Nigeria. She also has a Professional Certification in HR and is currently an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management.
Omolola is highly professional and a great team player.
She is a success-driven, result-oriented and self-motivated individual, who constantly seeks to develop her innate and acquired skills, as necessary tools for achieving productivity and adding values in a corporate environment.
Victor is an experienced Creative Designer, having worked with several brands over the years involving sectors like NGOs, Agriculture, Finance (Investment), Technology, Travel & Tours; providing visual communication for them that helped reach their targeted audience & generate sales.
At FATE Foundation, Victor creates visual content both digital & prints that communicate our information to our targeted audience. He also helps to maintain FATE brand communication across different platforms like Orange Corners Nigeria & MsmeHub.
Prior to joining Fate Foundation, Victor worked as a Graphics Designer at AgroReturns Limited; Graphics Designer at Blend Trip Travels & Tours; Graphics Designer at Matadors Leadership Institute. He has also worked on several projects as a freelance designer.
Victor is a Certified Designer and a graduate of Microbiology from Oduduwa University.
Boluwatife is an expert in financial accounting, financial reporting, cost accounting and tax with about four (4) years of experience.
He had his ND in Accountancy, an Associate Accounting Technician (AAT) and an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
Prior to joining FATE Foundation, Boluwatife worked at First Cardiology Consultant Healthcare as the Cost Accountant and Financial Accountant at different periods.
Boluwatife is the Finance Associate at FATE Foundation where he is responsible for various finance functions ranging from analysing financial statements, cost accounting, budgeting, cashflow, internal control, risk management, posting and review of transactions in line with IFRS, various tax deductions and remittance.
His interests are in finance, data analysis, computers, volunteering, travels and sports.
Israel is an experienced and certified Visual Designer in Graphics Design and Photography. He has volunteered as an editor at a renowned photography laboratory in kaduna and prior before joining FATE Foundation he works as a freelance graphics designer.
At FATE Foundation, Israel enable business development effort for key courses and products. He also supports Marketing and Communications Unit with advertising, digital marketing, promotional efforts and sales of FATE published books, programs and products through a variety of channels.
Israel attended various Leadership Program, Entrepreneurship and Capacity Building Programs. He is an alumnus of Daystar Leadership Academy and The Platform: Young Professionals, he also attended virtual programs provided by PARADIGM INITIATIVE where he was awarded Certificate of Achievement on Life – Skills, ICTs, Financial readiness and STARTUP KANO where he was also awarded Certificate on BUILD TO ACCELERATE Virtual Business Acceleration Program among others.
Olutola, an alumni of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) who is keen on personal growth and development is the Volunteer Programs Intern at FATE Foundation.
At FATE Foundation, she gives support to the vast range of top professionals who volunteer for the organisation in different capacities.
She also works with the program managers across the different units to match volunteers, monitor their engagement and activities across all FATE programmes, and also ensure that they are celebrated and recognised appropriately.
Olutola has her interest spanning across content strategy and writing across several sectors, brand communication, advocacy for women’s involvement in business and leadership, agribusiness, fashion and arts and craft.
On the side, Olutola makes beautiful dresses, volunteers for programs/events and manage communities of teenagers and youths interested in their personal development and relevance in their chosen fields.
Olabode oversees the Administrative part of the organization. Prior to joining FATE Foundation, he has worked as store personnel for Nairda Contractors.
He’s currently running a degree program in Public Administration at the University of Lagos.
Olabode loves traveling and exploring great things.
Felix is an experienced computer operator, graphic designer and programmer.
At FATE Foundation, Felix oversees the smooth running of programmes by ensuring that key success factors and needs are in place. He is also responsible for the delivery of key enterprise accelerator programmes. Felix makes sure the environment and facilities are conducive to learning.
Felix also serves as an intermediary between Programs and Finance for all Finance related
Felix is a student of the National Open University of Nigeria, undergoing a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
Freeman supports the Logistics Unit at FATE Foundation. He ensures regular cleaning and maintenance services for the vehicle, planning movements based on traffic conditions and running daily dispatches.
He’s currently undertaking a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the National Open University of Nigeria. Freeman loves reading books and listening to music in his spare time.
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THE FATE INSTITUTE
Amaka Nwaokolo has over 13 years’ experience cutting across the business and development sectors in Nigeria. She heads the FATE Institute at FATE Foundation where she implements the Institute’s Research & policy Advocacy initiatives around entrepreneurship in Nigeria targeted at achieving policy and programme design, review and implementation.
Since 2015 when she joined FATE Foundation, she has led the development 12 research reports including the Mapping Study of Nigeria’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and the State of Entrepreneurship report. She has also led the delivery of 10 annual Policy Dialogue programmes and policy workshop sessions which bring together key policy and entrepreneurship ecosystem players across public, private and development sectors in Nigeria to discuss entrepreneurship thematic issues and develop key agreements that influence the Institute’s policy advocacy focus. Amaka also represents the FATE Institute’s advocacy efforts across critical stakeholder groups in Nigeria such as the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) where she serves as the Co-Facilitator on the MSME Community of Practice.
She has a Bachelors of Science Degree from Bowen University, Osun State and a Certificate in Business & Entrepreneurship from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
Oyebola is a Research Associate with the Research & Policy Team at FATE Foundation with years of experience in the public and private sector which include conducting public expenditure analysis, reviewing national and sub-national government’s revenue, analyzing public debt, reviewing and analysis of public audit reports, as well as economic (monetary, fiscal and trade) policies analysis.
As a Research Associate, Oyebola has provided data-driven, and well-articulated insights with regards (but not limited) to youth entrepreneurship and support, research and capacity building as well as policy dialogue and advocacy.
Oyebola is a graduate of Business Administration from Babcock University.
Omata David Omakoji
Omata is an experienced and results-driven program manager, policy analyst, researcher, and sustainable development expert with years of experience driving unique projects in both the private and public sectors and leading effective teams on public policy, advocacy, health, climate change, community outreach, agricultural, environmental, and other projects.
He has a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Environmental Management, a post-graduate diploma in education (PGDE), and a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science (Botany) in addition to other related professional qualifications in; Project Management, Team Building, and Management, Risk Management, Emotional Intelligence, and others.
Prior to joining The FATE Institute of FATE foundation, he worked for a short time as a consulting analyst for TL First consulting group; a global consulting firm that focuses on executive leadership and transformation consulting and training with offices across Nigeria, the UK, and India. He was the Project Assistant, at EU SWITCH Leadership Academy on Circular Economy at UNEP – Tongji University Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development Shanghai China. Between 2018-2020, I worked as a programs manager for project COACH Foundation where I led the organization’s programs from the initiation to the evaluation stage including rural access program for financial inclusion for MSMEs in Kwara State. Prior to this time, I worked in other not-for-profit organizations in the areas of program management, research, and policy.
At The FATE Institute of FATE foundation, Omata is the Policy Programs Associate where he works with the team to design and implement the institute’s policy dialogues, policy workshops, and policy advocacy initiatives.
Omata is interested in designing a sustainable approach to solving economic, environmental, and social challenges through a holistic policy design and with detailed implementation plans.
Sharon Bolatife Disu-Sule
Sharon is an aspiring Lawyer and Diplomat with interest in Dispute Resolutions, Corporate law, Litigation and Policy research
At FATE Foundation, Sharon provides support to the Programs Manager and Head, Research & Policy, in the implementation of research and policy programs, projects and initiatives of the FATE Institute for the Foundation. She also contributes to collaborative research and programs addressing issues related to youth entrepreneurship and capacity building, as well as policy dialogue and advocacy. She helps to document research findings in project reports and assist in the writing of extension articles. She also provides support with project management and the development, implementation, and delivery of policy dialogue series and quarterly policy workshop programs.
Sharon is a graduate of Babcock University where she studied International Law and Diplomacy who developed proven communication, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills while working on academic and extracurricular projects at the University. She also a delegate for the International Model United Nations. When she is not working Sharon enjoys listening to music, cooking and reading.
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