Adenike Adeyemi is the Executive Director for FATE Foundation. FATE Foundation is a non-profit founded in 2000 by Fola Adeola (Co-Founder and Pioneer MD, GTBank) with a mission to foster wealth creation through the provision of business and entrepreneurial development. Through enterprise training, mentoring, consulting, advisory support, business plan development, Incubator, and sector focused Accelerator programs, FATE has graduated over 5,200 Aspiring and Emerging Entrepreneurs and enabled over 72,000 youth on the path to entrepreneurship. The organisation has also published 4 Research Reports on Entrepreneurship and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria and held 3 Policy Dialogue Series on Entrepreneurship bringing together key public and private sector stakeholders in the space.
As FATE’s chief executive officer, Adenike oversees the development, monitoring and implementation of the Foundation’s strategic direction including overall program design, operations management, fund development, and overall sustainability.
Adenike’s 15 years of work experience includes being Engagement Manager in KPMG Nigeria’s Development and Public Sector Advisory services working with Foundations, Non-Profit clients and Government Agencies in the education sector. She was also the pioneer Coordinator/Executive Director for the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI), a leadership focused non-profit affiliated with the Aspen Institute where she facilitated the transition of NLI from an idea into a fully operational entity while also coordinating several NLI flagship programmes such as the Senior and Future Leaders programmes and the Annual NLI Symposium. She started her professional career in 2001 with the West African NGO Network (WANGONET). She has been a member of the human capital development commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) was an active mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation’s Women in Business programme. Adenike currently chairs the Nigerian MSME Council’s Special Committee on Improving the regulatory Environment for MSMEs.
Adenike has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Linguistics (2001) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Arts (MA) in Diplomacy and International Relations (2005) from Seton Hall University in the United States