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Modupe Adefeso-Olateju

Nigeria

Tanoto Foundation AsiaGlobal Fellow
Managing Director
The Education Partnership Centre, Lagos
Member of the Board
Malala Fund

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Modupe Adefeso-Olateju is a policy expert specializing in public-private partnerships in education. She is managing director of the Education Partnership Centre, Nigeria’s pioneering education partnership organization. She is also the Member of the Board of Malala Fund, which is working for a world where every girl can learn and lead. Modupe leads the design and implementation of large-scale household assessments of learning in Nigeria and works in partnership with governments and the non-state sector to promote evidence-based policymaking and practice.

Modupe convenes the annual education innovation summit and co-convened Nigeria’s national education conference hosted by the Federal Ministry of Education in 2018 and 2019. She wrote a section of the nation’s strategic plan for education (2011-2015). She previously worked with the education sector support program in Nigeria (a £140m partnership program between the UK and Nigerian governments), with Accenture, a global management consultancy firm, and Junior Achievement of Nigeria, a non-profit economic education organization. Modupe serves on the advisory committee of Brookings Institutions’ Millions Learning program and as a trustee of four non-profits. As a Centenary Scholar (Africa), she received a PhD in education and international development from the Institute of Education, University College London.

Modupe is committed to helping Africa reap the demographic dividends of a youth population that is expected to swell to 1.2 billion by 2050. Her research as an AsiaGlobal Fellow will address the question: What can Africa learn from Asia about mainstreaming innovation in the education policy-planning process?

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