Nigerian Institute of International Affairs

13/15 Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Date: October 24, 2019

Time: 9:00 A.M

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DR. KANAYO NWANZE ( Former IFAD President)


Dr. Kanayo F. Nwanze is the immediate former President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Rose Suniso Maxwell Gidado


Rose Suniso Maxwell Gidado a PhD holder in Industrial Microbiology is the Country Coordinator OFAB (Nigeria) & the Deputy Director National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA). She has been facilitating research collaborations on biotechnology both at local and international levels.

Dr. Rufus Eseoghene Ebegba (Ph.D)

Speaker and Panellist

Dr. Rufus Ebegba is the Pioneer Director, General/Chief Executive Officer of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) since 18 th April, 2015 till date. He is responsible for the provision of regulatory framework, institutional and administrative mechanisms for safety measures in the application of modern biotechnology in Nigeria

Seye Oyeleye

Special Guest and Panellist

Seye Oyeleye is a Strategic Management expert and Human Resource practitioner who has worked in senior management positions both in the public and private sector in Nigeria and Europe for over twenty years.

Amaka Chukwudum


Amaka Chukwudum is the President and founder of Dynamic Greener Agropreneur Association and vice President of Women Sans Frontier Cooperative. Nicknamed ‘The Unrepentant Farmer’ a title she bears with pride, Amaka has written many books on diverse interests in Agriculture.


Speaker and Panellist

Dr. Tunde Amole is the Country Representative, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). As a livestock scientist with over 10 years’ experience in the production and improvement of livestock feed resources and providing quality feed resources in the dry season, Dr. Amole who holds a PhD and M. Agric.

Mr. John Ogunlela


John Ogunlela has a degree in Agriculture from the University of Benin (1991) has once served as a Senior Special Assistant to the governor of Osun State on African Financing and Investments. He blogs mostly on national development and makes contributions with a wide coverage but with particular interest in agriculture and manufacturing.

Dr Kenton Dashiell

Speaker and Panellist

Kenton Dashiell is the Deputy Director General for Partnerships for Delivery. Dr Dashiell received degrees from Purdue University, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Florida in Agronomy and Crop Breeding. He was the Soybean Breeder for IITA based in Ibadan, Nigeria from 1983 to 2001.

Brian Christopher Udo


Brian Christopher Udoh is an Agricultural Policy Advisor who works closely with the economic network inside the Consulate General and other diplomatic representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria.

Frederick Schreurs


Frederick Schreurs is the Chief Executive Officer of the Business Incubation Platform (BIP) of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), where he oversees and directs the activities of all BIP units that include IITA GoSeed, Aflasafe, Nodumax, AgriServe, and the IITA Youth Agripreneurs (IYA).

Mr. Taiwo Obe


Mr. Taiwo Obe is the Founder of Journalism Clinic who teaches journalism with a growing specialization in Multimedia Storytelling and Impact Reporting. He is a fellow of Nigerian Guild of Editors and a Commonwealth Professional Fellow.

Victor Saleh

Speaker and Panellist

Victor Saleh is the Communication Executive for IITA-BIP. He is a passionate advocate of deploying new media to ensure food security and sustainable agriculture in West Africa. He is an alumnus of Venture in Management Program of the Lagos Business School and a fellow of The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

Professor (Mrs) Lucia Omobolanle Ogunsumi

Speaker and Panellist

Professor OGUNSUMI holds a PhD degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development from the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. With over 25 years of professional experience, Professor Ogunsumi served in various capacities:

Mr. Toyosi Ayodele


Toyosi is a social entrepreneur driving sustainable solutions in agriculture with technology. He is the Founder and CEO of Agrorite, helping small holder farmers with high impact social investment and profitable market.

Chinasa Agatha Ugwuanyi

Speaker and Panellist

Chinasa Agatha UGWUANYI, PhD is a Research Fellow with the Nigeria Instituteof International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, Division of International EconomicRelations, Research and Studies Department. She is a graduate of Ahmadu BelloUniversity (ABU) Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria; where she obtained her degrees inAgricultural Economics and International Affairs and Diplomacy. She has over tenyears of research experiences.

Mr. Moses Ajireloja


Mr. Moses Ajirelola, Coordinator, Nigerian Seed Portal Initiative.

Mr. Dele Ibitoye


Dele Ibitoye is an engineer by training & a farmer by occupation. He is a cash/tree crops advocate, who is championing the rebirth of tree crops as a means of retirement pension plan otherwise known as farm pension plan & and to also fight climate change by reafforestation.

Mr. Francis Ikechukwu Mba


Mr. Francis Ikechukwu Mba is the Chairman of Plantain City Project. He studied applied microbiology at Anambra State University of Technology. He is a plantain farmer with about 30acres of plantain at Igborode road,off idiroko road, Ogun state.

Dr Efem N. Ubi


Dr Efem N. Ubi, obtained his Ph.D in Contemporary International Relations from Jilin University, China. He is a Senior Research Fellow and Head, Division of International Economic Relations with the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Lagos, Nigeria.

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