Our Leadership Team

Gbadebo Odularu, PhD, University of Sunderland, UK. Founder, Chief Strategist, and Editor-in-Chief

Gbadebo Odularu has dedicated nearly 25 years of his career to the global nonprofit sector. He served as the regional food policy advocacy and analyst for the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa for almost a decade. In addition to its food and nutrition security (FNS) knowledge expertise, he has garnered in-the-field food value chain experience at the Fresh Food Logistics Departments of major American multinational supermarket and retail corporations that operate a chain of grocery stores, and hypermarkets such as Walmart Inc and Sheetz Inc.

Gbadebo is driven by the mission to eliminate hunger, food insecurity, and malnutrition by leading several strategic initiatives aimed at distributing nutritious food across vulnerable communities while
addressing the root causes of hunger. He currently leads the practice and establishment of food trade and digitalization academies which are aimed at enhancing food logistics and connectivity infrastructure towards expanding the percentage of fresh fruits and vegetables consumed (FFVC) by our priority populations, including infants, children, mothers, older adults, and the minorities. In 2019, Gbadebo volunteered for the Buffalow Family and Friends Community Days (BFFCD), in collaboration with the
Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. BFFCD is a family-oriented organization offering food, clothing, support, and encouragement to individuals and communities in Chesapeake, Virginia. Gbadebo has always perceived food banking volunteering as a great opportunity to replicate this initiative in Africa, therefore putting food directly into the hands of the hungriest. As No Hunger Food Bank (NHFB)’s Founder, Chief Strategist, and Editor-in-Chief, he is also responsible for advancing NHFB’s capacities’ frontiers for bracing it for the future of sustainable food and nutrition security in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). He is also affiliated with the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), Socio-Economic Research and Applications (SERAP), and the Bay Atlantic University, Washington DC, USA.

Bamidele Adekunle, Ph.D. The University of Guelph, Canada (Digitalization and Innovation Lead)

Bamidele Adekunle leads No Hunger Food Bank (NHFB)’s corporate digitalization, innovation, and technology footprint, thereby defining its five-year digital visibility roadmap, end-to-end conversions, mobile applications, and systems integration strategy. Bamidele is the founder of ethnocultural vegetables (ECV) Ontario, as well as the brain behind Hikma360, an information and mobile app that reduces asymmetric information in the halal food market. Based on his affiliation with the University of Guelph and Ted Rogers University, Canada, Bamidele has served as principal investigators on food security-related initiatives.

Mrs Kumdet, Longdi Yilkon, B.sc Mass Comm., NOUN, (Food Facilitation Lead)

Kumdet Longdi Yilkon has a great interest in deploying information tools for enhancing the welfare of children, women, and the elderly, thereby contributing to the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal I (UN SDG1) – ‘End poverty in all its forms and everywhere’. As a graduate of Mass Communication from National Open University, Nigeria (NOUN), Kumdet is NHFB’s Food Facilitation Lead.

Ms. Ronke Adedugbe, MBA, Global Business, University of Coventry, London, UK (Impact, Marketing & Communications Lead)

At Nohunger Food Bank, Ronke oversees our Impact, Marketing & Communications portfolio and is responsible for marketing, developing, leading, and executing marketing, communications, and brand strategy to further our mission. Her primary contributions focus on further building our global brand proposition and driving contributed revenue through collaboration and support of our meal packaging food drive, donor fundraising, and awareness initiatives. Ronke has a passion to alleviate hunger, create food security spaces among underprivileged and vulnerable populations; and empower women to thrive in their communities. Ronke also spearheads initiatives pertaining to measuring the effectiveness, impact, and sustainability of No Hunger Food Bank.

Frejus Thoto, PhD (in view), LSE, United Kingdom. Food & Youth Entrepreneurship Lead

Frejus Thoto is the Executive Director of ACED, a think-and-do-tank that connects research to policy and action with the aim to improve the food and nutrition security of the most vulnerable in Benin and Africa. Frejus also devotes some of his time to DagriVest, a startup he co-founded that help young Africans develop a business or find a decent job in the agricultural sector. Frejus studied agricultural economics with a specialization in agricultural entrepreneurship and agribusiness. Based on these vastly robust and global experience, Frejus Thoto serves as NHFB’s Food and Youth Entrepreneurship Lead.

Akinseye Olatokunboh Aluko ( Food Business, Education & Logistics Lead),

Akinseye Olatokunbo Aluko, PhD, University of Sunderland, UK. Food Business, Education and Logistics Lead. Dr Aluko is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bestfield Business and Management Consultants, which is based in the United Kingdom. His global business, education logistics teaching career started since 2011 at the University of Teesside where I earned 2 masters - International Management and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Dr. Aluko is currently a full-time business logistics researcher, lecturer as well as the Oil & Gas Management Deputy Programme Leader at the University of East London, United Kingdom. He is passionate about leveraging smart business logistics and analytics for ending hunger in the world.

 

 

Farm Standards Promotion Lead

Gbadebo has a Master of Philosophy in soil science from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in Ghana, and a Bachelor of technology in general agriculture at Federal University of Technology, Minna in Nigeria with First Class. Gbadebo Elebiyo is currently employed at Leadway Assurance Company Limited, since December 2018, holding the title of Field Agriculturist and Operations Officer. He is skilled in soil analysis, soil sampling, environmental science, project development, environmental awareness, water, and agric insurance. Gbadebo has carried out several risk survey assessments on different farms as a field agriculturist namely, wheat, tomato, rice, cashew, sugar cane, ginger, oil palm, sweet potato, fish farming, poultry, warehouse, farm property and produce. Some of the inspected farms are worth several millions of naira. He underwrites Agric insurance and do pre- and post-lost loss risk assessment. Gbadebo is skilled in farm project. He consulted for GLG research on a project titled “Agriculture and artificial intelligence in Sub-Saharan Africa” and Technology Trends Survey. He received two academic awards one from Commonwealth Scholarship in Low- and Middle-Income Countries from 2016 to 2018 and the other from Global Soil Partnership of Food and Agriculture Organization for Travel Grant Fellowship. Gbadebo lives in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria where he and wife are blessed with three kids. His into community service.

Food Security Statistician

Prof. Femi Ayoola is a dedicated and self-motivated individual with a history of success as a trained statistician in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at several institutions. He obtained his Higher National Diploma in Statistics from The Polytechnic, Ibadan (HND), and Bachelor (B.Sc.), Masters (M.Sc.), and Doctoral degree in Statistics (Ph.D.) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. As an Adjunct Faculty in the College of Business at Jackson State University, MS, he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Business Statistics. At Dallas College, Dallas Texas, he also teaches mostly undergraduate courses and serves as a mentor and adviser to a large number of students. He has also taught Elementary Statistics, Statistics and Application software, Business Statistics, Statistics for Business Decisions, Operation Research, Quantitative Techniques, Plane Trigonometric, and College Algebra at other Universities. Furthermore, his areas of interest include: Panel data analysis (longitudinal studies), Econometrics, Time Series, Data Science, Spatial modeling, Bayesian, Computational Statistics, Biostatistics, Research Methodology, Biotechnology, Engineering Statistics, Environmental Statistics, Data Visualization, Data mining /wrangling, Reporting Analysis among others. To date, he has authored and co-authored several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is passionate about youth empowerment.

 

The Advisory Council, its Role and Membership

NHFB’s Advisory Council members advise the Bank’s staff and board members regarding programme development and implementation, potential partnerships, and other matters of significant interest to NHFB’s mission to eliminate hunger across geographies. Each council member will serve three-year term and meet virtually three times per year. The Advisory Council is led by a Chair, bolded in the list below, appointed to facilitate discussion, build consensus, and serve as a liaison to the NHFB’s board.

Mrs. Nelly Ngaduba, Food, and Agribusiness Advisor

Mrs. Nelly Ngaduba has over 15 years of experience in Agribusiness. Currently serving as Secretary-General of African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) Nigeria Chapter and Rotary President, Abuja Chapter. Mrs.Nelly has worked closely with entrepreneurial founders in the food sector, providing guidance, mentorship, and business advice. Mrs. Nelly has a passion for advocacy, and action, developing a strong track record throughout her career of creating resources and building relationships at all levels of government, industry, and society to increase awareness and inspire individual and collective action.

Chairman of the Advisory Council

Prof. Ken Ife is the Chair of the Advisory Council of No Hunger Initiatives. He is a London Enterprise Ambassador & Macro-economic Policy Analyst. Lead Consultant to ECOWAS Commision on Private Sector Development, Policy Advocacy Consultant to Central Bank & Finance Min & National Planning (Bio-economy); Fed Aviation Authority(FAAN); Chair Advisory Board (Youth Chamber ); Chair, TCPC Enugu State; DfID Trade Adviser to Nigeria Govt (Trade Policy, 2011-2012), and to World Bank (Customs Facilitation); AU/NEPAD Agency; AfDB(Private Sector Dev.); E.U.; UNDP(SE4ALL); UNECA/FAO (PPP & Agribusiness-2013 Nigeria Country Paper); GIZ; etc. In 1990-2010, held several Advisory Board positions with Her Majesty's Govt (UK), London Govt(Mayor) and London Haringey/Enfield Councils. These include HM Home Office Comm. Dev Foundation; London Food Board; Board of London Business Link; London Mayor Special Committee on Busines-Education Partnership; Chairman (Edmonton EU Regen Partnership); Chair(London Biz Dev Corp); Vice Chair (Haringey City Growth Strategy). Prof. Ife is committed to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #2 of achieving zero hunger.

 

Agricfood trade and Equitable access Advisor

Abu Ndah Ali has a Masters's degree in International Law and Economics from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and a postgraduate degree in Trade Law and Policy from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Abu has over 17+ plus years of experience in international trade negotiations and Agrifood trade. He has traveled to most parts of the world, consulting on how to improve food security in Nigeria. Abu is actively involved in his community and passionate about the plight of the Internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the ’Almajiris’ in northeast Nigeria. Abu serves as the Agricfood trade and Equitable access Advisor to Nohunger Food Bank.

 

Knowledge Management Advisor

Ogechi Ezinne Aku, M Sc. International Mgt, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom. Knowledge Management Advisor. Ogechi strategically advises on NHFB's knowledge management as well as connecting NHFB to global nonprofits which focuses on hunger and youth empowerment. Ogechi also serves as a special liaison between the NHFB and Israeli-based foreign sponsors. Prior to NHFB, Ogechi coordinates, implements, and scales new initiatives on food and nutrition security policy training programmes at Israeli Embassy Nigeria. Ogechi is unwavering in her belief that no one should ever go hungry, and that food should be abundantly provided for uniting different ethnicities in a Society.

 

Food Security Statistician

Oladele Dickson Owasoye, Ph.D., Western Illinois University, US, Food Safety and Policy Advisor

Dr. Oladele Dickson Owasoyo is a renowned scientist who has worked for various voluntary organizations that are connected to people and the environment. He has coordinated various activities relative to reducing the rate of hunger among primary and secondary schools students. He coordinated all the activities voluntarily right from raising funds, procuring food items, and even distribution of them. This has resulted in more kids having an interest in education and better performance in their studies. He believes in when you feed someone in need, you feed a nation.

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