Prof. Femi Ajibola is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of New Nigeria Foundation. He is a Professor of Agricultural Engineering, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering and a former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He has extensive administrative, research, teaching and consultancy experience. He has undertaken consultancy activities for several reputable national and international Organizations including UNDP, Food and Agriculture Organisation, DFID, Federal Department of Agriculture, Federal Environmental Protection Agency, National Strategic Grains and the Reserve Agency.
Born on 12th December, 1953, Prof. Obafemi Ajibola attended Government College, Ibadan (1965-1970). He obtained a First Class Honours degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1975 from University of Ife (now OAU). He proceeded to University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA where he obtained M.Sc and Ph.D degree in 1978 and 1981 respectively, specializing in the processing of agricultural materials.
Professor Ajibola had earlier joined the employment of University of Ife in August 1976, and on his return from study leave in 1981, he was based in the Department of Agricultural Engineering where, based on his contributions, he rose through the ranks and was ultimately promoted Professor of Agricultural Engineering with effect from October 1990. His dedication to hard work and excellence in the meantime earned him several positions within the University, including Vice-Dean, Faculty of Technology (1988-1990). Dean, Faculty of Technology (1998-99).
Presently, Professor Ajibola is the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of New Nigeria Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that works extensively with community groups and oil companies in the Niger Delta improving relationships and with international aid donors in implementing socio-economic development projects throughout Nigeria.
Prof. Ajibola has over the years also served as Consultant to many national and private sector organizations including, Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA), Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), the UK’s Department for International Development, Shell Petroleum Development Company, Chevron Nigeria and many other companies. In recognition of his contributions to engineering profession, he was conferred with the Fellowship of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE as well as Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineering.