Dr Babatunde Omilola
Dr. Babatunde Omilola is currently leading the Public Health, Security and Nutrition Division of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
A development economist and international development expert, he previously served as Head of Development Planning and Inclusive Sustainable Growth at UNDP in New York where he led a team of professionals on development planning, social protection, poverty, inequality, development finance, inclusive growth and the SDGs. He was UNDP’s Regional Practice Leader for poverty reduction and the achievement of the MDGs for the 23 Eastern and Southern African countries and UNDP’s Chief Economist and Head of Policy and Strategy in South Africa.
Dr. Omilola was Africa-wide Coordinator and Program Leader of the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. He handled the relationship of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the African Union Commission (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was also a research fellow on a collaborative anti-poverty programme between the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), AfDB, FAO and the World Bank.
Dr. Omilola has received a number of awards for his work in development. In 2014, he was selected as a Fellow of Comparative Research Programme for preventing and eradicating poverty. He holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in International Development and Development Economics respectively from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, United Kingdom. He won the prestigious Ford Foundation International Fellowship in 2001 and the Graduate Research Fellowship of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada in 2004.