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Irede Ajala

Senior Special Assistant on Investment to the Honourable minister of Agriculture Nigeria

Irede .K. Ajala has a BA(Hons) in Economics from University of Northumbria,Newcastle where he graduated with a 2:1. He returned to Nigeria and had a brief stint with Petroleum Technology Development Fund as a Finance/Investment Officer before going on to work at BGL,one of Nigeria's foremost investment banks for five years. At BGL, he specialised in public sector advisory. Advising over 12 Federal States and several Federal Ministries through debt capital raising,privatisation and investment strategies, Irede carved a niche for himself within Nigeria's finance industry.

He has previously attended an Executive Management program at Oxford University's Said Business School where he obtained a certificate for outstanding performance.

In 2012, he left Nigeria briefly to further his education at one of the leading business schools in Europe, Erasmus University's Rotterdam School of Management where he was awarded a Masters degree in Maritime Economics and Logistics. While in Rotterdam, he worked as aN Investment Strategy Consultant for Ports and Logistics Advisory,Rotterdam and was later appointed as a Senior Adviser(Business Development and Security Issues) on Maritime Services in the office of the Presidency,Nigeria.

He then proceeded to work as the Pioneer Head, Investment Banking Division for Elixir Investment, a dynamic, young boutique investment house (Asset Base over N26 Billion) focused on delivering excellence in wealth management and investment advisory within Nigeria with the aim of leaving its mark on West Africa.

Irede was appointed Senior Technical Adviser (Investments & Donor Funding) to the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in December 2015- a role he continues to perform in. He sits on the board of FAFIN (Nigerian $75Million PE fund for Agriculture) and several other committees where he can actively promote investment opportunities in Agriculture on behalf of Nigeria.

In his spare time, Irede serves as a policy strategist for an advocacy group, "Team Member"- working to improve accountability and transparency in the Nigerian government especially and has been a member of the Abuja Global Shapers hub, World Economic Forum since 2011. He also serves on the board of several companies in the agriculture,  maritime, construction and education industries.

Senior Technical Adviser (Investment Promotion & Agribusiness),

to the Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,

Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development,

FCDA Secretariat, Area 11