Adenike Adeyemi is a development sector professional with 17 years of experience in non-profit management, enterprise development, education and youth enablement strategies.
Currently the Executive Director of FATE Foundation (Nigeria’s leading enterprise focused non-profit), Adenike leads the fulfilment of the organisation’s mission to enable aspiring and emerging Nigerian entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses. Since joining the FATE in 2015, she has deepened FATE’s strategic footprint in the Nigerian entrepreneurship ecosystem through research, policy dialogue and advocacy. She has also led FATE to expand the impact of its flagship programs covering growth focused enterprise training; mentoring and strategic advisory services; and scale focused Accelerator programs for target growth sectors of the Nigerian economy. Under her leadership, FATE recently launched two digital platforms including msmehub.org and the Sky’s The Limit which connects entrepreneurial leaders and professionals who provide pro-bono virtual enterprise knowledge and support to thousands of entrepreneurs across Nigeria. She has also led the development of key multi-year funding and partnership arrangements with the Youth Business International, Facebook, Accenture, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Ford Foundation and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Netherlands.
Adenike’s previous experience includes Manager, KPMG Advisory services; pioneer Executive Director, Nigeria Leadership Initiative; and Learning Support Programme Management at the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Program. She started her career 17 years ago with the West African NGO Network and has Interned at the New York based Africa America Institute.
Adenike has a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University (2005) and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Ibadan (2001).
Adenike seats as a Chair/Board member/advisor on leading private and public sector Committees and Boards including the MSME Council Committee on Improving the Business Environment, Afritickets, WANGONeT and the Oxbridge Tutorial College Foundation.