Board of Trustees

Osten O.Olorunsola

Chairperson

The pioneer Chairperson of OFDi Nigeria holds a B.Sc (Hons.) 1979 in Geology from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He has also undergone several professional and leadership development training in several international institutions, including IMD in Lausanne. Prior to his return to private professional life, he spent 35 years in the upstream Petroleum Industry across various international companies and in various locations around the world including Italy, France, the United States, and the Netherlands. Osten was Nigeria’s Director of Petroleum Resources for two years following his appointment in 2011 by the President of Nigeria, a move which triggered his early retirement from Shell
where he last served as Vice-President, with responsibility for Shell’s Commercial Gas and Power business across sub-Saharan Africa.

He is one of the very few Nigerians with sufficient skills in the three core areas of policy, regulatory and commercial operations that govern the Petroleum Industry. Osten was born in Igbaruku Okeri, Kogi State, Nigeria. He loves and plays a lot of tennis, and almost went pro in his earlier days, winning several laurels in the past.

Abayomi Oloruntoba

Executive Secretary

The pioneer Executive Secretary and CEO of OFDi Nigeria has a robust academic and professional experience in agriculture, rural development, management training / consulting, teaching and research spanning over 40 years. This gives him a clear understanding of farmers’ full potential and farming domains. The experiences will keep him in good stead to successfully navigate various initiatives to support farmers and keep programs and strategies in the right track.

He holds Ph.D, B.Sc. [Ibadan, Nigeria], M.Sc [California, Berkeley, USA]. He has traveled widely on several professional training programmes and conferences both locally and abroad. In the last two decades, he worked in the university system in Nigeria and Ghana and rose through the ranks to become a Professor of Agricultural Extension & Rural Development with extensive research and publications.

Oba (Engr) Babalola Jones Olufemi, MNIPM

Member Board of Trustees

Earned the Higher National Diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1988 from Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, Nigeria. After his National Youth Service at Nestle Foods Plc, Lagos, he joined Inter-Sandine Limited as Electrical Engineer and later BEL-IMPEX Limited in 1991, rose to become the Production Manager in 2002 and Management Representative in 2007.

Babalola was appointed Oba Igbaruku-Okeri, Ilufemiloye 1 in 2009. He is an astute administrator, grassroots’ mobiliser, community / opinion leader and model farmer par excellence.

Dr. Alhassan Musah

Member Board of Trustees

Dr. Alhassan Musah is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, UK) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ghana. He has multi-skills in Accounting, Auditing, Rural and Social Development, and Project Management. He has over 10 years’ experience in the Not-for-Profit Sector. He was previously the Country Project Manager for the YouthSave Consortium, a project studying youth demand for financial services in Ghana, Nepal, Kenya and Colombia, and funded by the MasterCard Foundation. For close to a decade, he was also the Executive Director of RAINS, an NGO running an integrated development model in Northern Ghana. He has also taught accounting, auditing and microfinance courses at the tertiary level in Ghana.

Alhassan holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce from the University of Cape Coast, a Masters degree in Microfinance from the Universita Degli Studi Di Bergamo, Italy, PhD in Endogenous Development from the University for Development Studies, and a Certificate in Project Management from the Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands. Alhassan’s research interests include informal savings, stock markets, internal controls and corporate governance, and local economic development. Alhassan has consulted for many agencies including STARS Foundation UK, HOPE for Children, UK, USAID/RING Project, USAID/AgnRM Project, ActionAid Ghana, SADA, STAR-Ghana, etc. Alhassan brings relevant experience on board including skills and expertise on financial management, Corporate Governance, savings, and community development.

Dr. Abudulai Sulemana

Member Board of Trustees

He is a Land Economist with extensive development management, grant making and consulting experience spanning over 40 years. Currently the Vice Chairman of the Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS), a Ghanaian registered Non-Governmental Organization.

Chief Folorunsho Oni

Member Board of Trustees

Chief Oni is a product of Institute of Administration, Kongo Campus, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. A retired civil servant, traditional title holder and community mobilizer in Iyamerin-Okeri where he is very active in farming and community development activities.