Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu

Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu is the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters in the Office of the Vice‐President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Prior to this, Dr. Dipeolu was Director of the Capacity Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). In this role he led ECA’s innovative work on Transformative Industrial Policy and on Conflict and Development in Africa.

He was also Member of the Technical Committee and Head of Secretariat of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa. Dr. Dipeolu’s earlier assignments at the Economic Commission for Africa included serving as Chief of Staff and as Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre.

Before joining ECA, Dr. Dipeolu was in the Nigerian Foreign Service and served in Geneva, Pretoria, Addis Ababa and Caracas, He has also been Special Assistant in the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria. Ambassador Dipeolu obtained his doctorate degree in economics from the University of South Africa with a thesis entitled “Policy Reforms and Economic Development: An Institutional Perspective on the Nigerian Experience”.

He obtained his Master of Philosophy degree in the Economics and Politics of Development with distinction from the University of Cambridge and undertook diplomatic studies at Oxford University as a Chevening Scholar. Dr. Dipeolu’s bachelor degree in economics was from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University).

Dr. Dipeolu is a member of the Nigerian Economic Management Team, National Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Council, National Council on Procurement and the National Council on Privatization.

He also serves on the Governing Council of Lead City University, Ibadan and on the Board of Trustees of the Visiola Foundation. 

“The Bank is fully engaged to enhance transparency in resource use and management, governance in the public sector, the rule of law and building institutional capacities and frameworks for investment.” – Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, AfDB Group 

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