President Bola Tinubu has designated Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, who holds the position of Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in the USA, as the Special Adviser (SAD) on matters pertaining to the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) & Investment.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Oduwole was a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Lagos. She is among the 18 individuals newly appointed by President Tinubu, which includes six Special Advisers and 12 Senior Special Assistants, aimed at bolstering the “Renewed Hope” agenda of the government under the Vice President, Kashim Shettima.
Dr. Oduwole’s appointment aligns seamlessly with her exceptional qualifications and extensive experience. In 2022, she was called upon to serve as a governance advisor to the Governance Innovation Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Gov/Lab, based on her well-established reputation as an advocate for innovation in governance.
Likewise, from 2015 to 2023, Dr. Oduwole held key roles in the Buhari Administration, first as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade, and Investment, where she played a pivotal role in the inception and establishment of the Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations. Later, she served as Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business and was the inaugural Executive Secretary of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC). Her contributions earned her the distinction of being named a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) in recognition of her various contributions to nation-building. These previous roles have equipped her well for her current position.
Dr. Oduwole is widely recognized as a global academic and development expert. In 2013, she was appointed as the Prince Claus Chair, a Visiting Professorship in Development and Equity, in honor of the late Prince Claus of The Netherlands. She also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS), a continent-wide think tank focusing on governance and economic development.
Furthermore, she is a member of the 6th cohort of the Africa Leadership Institute, West Africa (ALIWA), which is part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). Dr. Oduwole was designated a 2013 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow and is part of the inaugural group of the “Amujae Initiative” for African women leaders with high potential, initiated by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Dr. Oduwole holds four law degrees from the University of Lagos, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.
Before embarking on her academic career, Jumoke worked in corporate and investment banking at GTBank PLC and FCMB Capital Markets. She is deeply committed to nation-building through economic development and has been a consistent mentor to Nigerian youth in various capacities for over two decades.
Mrs. Oduwole has a passion for street photography and is happily married with two beautiful children.