Dr. Babafemi Oyewole

Chief Executive Officer Panafrican Farmers Organisation (PAFO), Nigeria

Dr. Babafemi Oyewole is a Nigerian tri-sector executive and professional, who was appointed as CEO of the Pan African Farmers Organization (PAFO) in May 2022. With experience in the public, private, and non-government sectors, he is a veteran in the management of international institutions. Before his appointment as CEO of PAFO, Dr. Oyewole was the CEO of the African Agribusiness Alliance in Accra, Ghana, and the former Managing Director of the African Cashew Alliance. He also served as the Executive Director/CEO of the African Petroleum Producers Organization's Fund for Technical Cooperation (now African Energy Investment Corporation, AEICORP) in Cotonou, Benin Republic, and Deputy Secretary-General of the West African Bankers Association in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Dr. Oyewole is also an experienced banker, having served as General Manager at Banque Internationale du Benin in Cotonou, Benin Republic, and Senior Economist with the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank (now Bank of Industry) in Lagos, Nigeria. He has served as a regional consultant on natural resources management policy for local content and local economic development linkages in African resource-rich countries with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) based in Geneva. He is also a member of Africa Regional Experts on Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-based Development at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France. Dr. Oyewole holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Ilorin, a Master's degree in Economics (Project Management) from the University of Lagos, and an MBA in Technology, Marketing, and Business Strategy from Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria. He was also a Chevening Scholar for his PhD in Development Economics (Finance and Policy) at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom. He has attended several management and executive development programs in top universities, including the Lagos Business School in Nigeria and Harvard University in the USA.