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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, also known as OJA, is the Digital Product Manager for FATE Foundation. She has about 11 years of experience in management consulting and a wealth of knowledge not limited to Content Writing and management, Project Management, Due Diligence Investigations, Business Process Re-engineering, Loan Reconciliation, Training, Recruitment, and Firm Branding.
Oluchi lends her experience to helping 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 and Fish Farming Books developed by FATE.
She is currently responsible for developing, designing, implementing, and managing digital and technological strategies, solutions, and processes that support and align with the digitalization goals and objectives of the Foundation.
She was the project manager for the development of SOAR. SOAR is FATE Foundation’s Customer Relationship Management platform designed to help users SYNCHRONIZE their work, ORGANIZE their systems seamlessly, AUTOMATE their processes, and manage their RELATIONSHIPS.
She is a writer, poet, truth-seeker, sage, and creative in her spare time. 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 with over 7 years of experience, with a well-rounded professional and expertise in creating compelling brand identities, brand designs for social media, websites, advertisements and prints, and user-centered UI/UX designs. His experience spans several industries: agriculture, finance, travel & tours, NGOs, blockchain, education, and tech.
At FATE Foundation, Victor works in the Marketing and Communication team providing visual communication material for social media, websites, advertisements, and prints across all the 3 divisions in FATE Foundation and other platforms like Orange Corners Nigeria & MSME Hub.
Before 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.
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.
Jether is a programme project management professional at FATE Foundation with experiences that cut across, building, monitoring and implementing strategies, programme management, and designing the learning experience.
She over the years has helped the youth through capacity building training to start and run an effective business in the Nigerian economy. Jether is skilled in public speaking and presentation, project management and consulting, curriculum development and monitoring.
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.
Olayiwola is a creative person driven by his passion for design and user experience. He is skilled with graphic tools such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Figma, Canva and he has an artistic approach towards everything he creates.
He is certified in Foundation of User Experience (UX) with Google, creating interactive designs, user research(UrX) and user experience. He is also an experienced Photographer and Photo Retoucher.
Olayiwola volunteered as a Graphic Designer at The Our Community (TOC) before joining FATE Foundation, and worked as a Market Developer at Kyosk Digital Solution assigned with raising sales to significant measures.
At FATE Foundation, Ola works with the Marketing and Communication team and is embodied with the role of creating visual communication designs for FATE Foundation platforms and substitutes.
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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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.
Iyunade Ojutalayo specialises in International Law. She has an LL.B (Bachelor of Laws Degree) and an LL.M (Master of Laws) in International Legal Studies.
Prior to joining The FATE Institute of FATE Foundation, she previously worked at PwC as a member of their ESG team, where she advised businesses on how to be sustainable. She also worked at Invictus Africa as the Project Lead where she planned and implemented the data-gathering processes to create a report on curbing gender-based violence.
At The FATE Institute, she works as the Policy Programs Associate, and is responsible for building the Institute’s thought leadership within the Nigerian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.
She is very interested in volunteering to the less privileges, educating young girls and boys on gender-based violence and all things fashion.
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