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Mr. Bunmi Makinwa

Chief Executive Officer of AUNIQUEI, a private entrepreneurial initiative in communication for leadership.

Makinwa was Africa Regional Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); Director of UNAIDS New York Office; Director and Representative of UNAIDS to the African Union, Addis Ababa. He has worked for Family Health International (FHI), Programme for Appropriate Technology for Health (PATH) and World Health Organization.
Makinwa has degrees from University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and Harvard University, USA. He has diplomas from institutions in Germany and South Africa.
He authored and co-authored several books and journal articles. He is a blogger at bunmimakinwa.com and commentator on politics and public affairs. He writes analytical columns and opinions for news media and online publications, including The Guardian newspaper in Nigeria, Sahara Reporters, and Africa Development Talk.
He is adviser to governments, businesses and United Nations. He serves on the boards of several businesses and not-for-profit organizations. He speaks several languages.
Russell J. Hanks

Innovative leader with over 25 years of global experience resolving conflict, creating consensus, and motivating team members to implement targeted solutions to complex problems. Skilled at analyzing the root causes of confrontation, conceptualizing solutions, and building coalitions necessary to achieve results. He is a retired diplomat with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, Public Administration, International Relations, and National Resource Strategy.

Babafemi Adesina BADEJO, Ph.D

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...

Prof. Diedre L. Badejo

Dr. Badejo holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature and a Masters in African Area Studies majoring in West African theatre, oral historiography, and minoring in political science (UCLA). As part of her UCLA masters’ degree, she took year-long courses in literature/theatre, history, and political science at the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies, Legon.

Ayodele Patrick Aderinwale, MFR

Ayo Aderinwale’s career has spanned politics, leadership, international relations, education, public service and philanthropy. He has also been a consultant for several international agencies, including the United Nations, European Union and the former Organization of Africa Unity now known as the African Union.