Adenike Adeyemi is a development sector professional with 19 years of experience in non-profit management, enterprise development, education and youth enablement strategies. As the Chief Executive Officer for FATE Foundation, she leads the fulfilment of the organisation’s mission to enable aspiring and emerging Nigerian entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses.
Since joining the FATE in 2015, she has deepened the organisation’s strategic footprint in the Nigerian entrepreneurship ecosystem through business incubation programmes; sector focused accelerator programmes; and financial and non-financial linkage programs for the organisation’s over 6,000 Alumni members. She has led the organization to become the thought leader in research and policy analysis on Nigerian MSMEs and the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.
Under her leadership, FATE has achieve strategic digital pivot by launching programmes such as the Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Digital; msmehub.org; Alumni Hub, Sky’s The Limit and the recently launched Journeys in Entrepreneurship Podcast and Video series. She has also raised funding of over $2,800,000 to date through partnerships with the Youth Business International, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, Facebook, Citi Foundation, Accenture, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Ford Foundation, the African Capital Alliance Foundation and the Mitsubishi Corporation.
Adenike’s previous experience includes Manager, Public & Development Sector Services, KPMG Nigeria; pioneer Executive Director, Nigeria Leadership Initiative; and Learning Support Programme Management at the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Program. She started her career 19 years ago with the West African NGO Network and has Interned at the New York based Africa America Institute.
Adenike 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 serves on a number of Boards including 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 has served on the National MSME Council Committee on Improving the Business Environment.