Dr. Badejo is a highly experienced academic, political and humanitarian affairs expert as well as an international lawyer, including with certifications in mediation and arbitration, aside from hands-on mediation experience with the United Nations. He has extensive experience in academics at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. He served at the University of Lagos for about 17 years. He taught many successful students and undertook research on many issues that resulted in several publications, including a best seller biographical analytical book on politics in Kenya. Lately, he has written a journal article on economic philosophy as basis for the restructuring of the Nigerian Constitution, a chapter each in two different internationally published books on corruption and in 2020, a book titled: Rethinking Security Initiatives in Nigeria.
He is also a public speaker of note. In 2019, he spoke in Addis Ababa, Dakar, Johannesburg and Lagos at AU and/or UN fora on either the African Continental Free Trade Area or the African Humanitarian Agency. And in September of 2019, he spoke at Oslo Peace Center, Norway in June 2019 and the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia. In the previous year, he had spoken at the Bahrain Visions Forum at the United Nations, amongst other appearances.
For almost two and a half decades, he served the United Nations in Somalia, Kenya, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Sudan as Chief of Staff of complex UN Peace Operations; Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General at the UN Political Office for Somalia and Head of Political Affairs in many UN Missions. These responsibilities saw him give major advisory support to the United Nations on the pursuit of peace through dialogue in many mediation efforts and reconciliation conferences in many countries as well as support post-conflict peacebuilding in Liberia and Guinea-Bissau. He retired from the United Nations on March 31, 2017 after a meritorious service of 23 years and 10 months.
On April 1, 2017, Dr. Badejo assumed office as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Yintab Strategy Consults (YSC) that was incorporated in early 2017. Yintab Strategy Consults, provides legal representation; corporate governance, as well as advisory services on political/diplomatic affairs; peace operations and humanitarian affairs.
Dr. Badejo enjoys excellent relationships with many world leaders including as Senior Advisers to former Timor Leste President and Nobel Laureate, Jose Ramos-Horta, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Nigerian Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar as well as Shaikh Hussam Ali Al-Khalifa, President of the Court of the Prime Minister of Bahrain.
Dr. Badejo recently concluded a consultancy for the African Union on providing the operational framework for the setting up of the African Humanitarian Agency (AfHA).
Babafemi Badejo has a Ph.D in Political Science (with a field work and dissertation on the political economy of Pakistan), from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1982. He obtained a Bachelors of Law from the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria in January 1990. He became a professional Attorney in December 1990 after attending the Nigerian Law School.