Dr Oluyede Ajayi

Global Lead, Food Security and Rural Well Being, GCA

Oluyede Ajayi (Olu) is a multilingual, strategic leader in designing development programs, bank investment project portfolio, managing human & financial resources, and with strong passion to make real developmental impacts. He has a progressive and extensive field operations experience in agriculture, climate change, rural development including mainstreaming climate adaptation in the design of investment projects of multilateral development banks (successfully provided technical support to the design of investment projects worth over one billion USD in the past one year). He has managed grants, project cycle management, private sector engagement, evidence-based policy advice & advocacy.

Previously, Olu had successful career in three international agricultural research centres (CGIAR), with over 200 publications to his credit, and won the "Diamond Author Prize" award over several years. He has successfully built alliance with a range of clients, across public and private sector.

He lived in several countries in Europe, Southern Africa region, Eastern Africa region, West Africa region and, managed project portfolios in the Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and SIDS region. He has excellent skills in English, French, Yoruba and basic knowledge of Dutch and German