Prof Olawunmi Fatusi

Prof Olawunmi Fatusi

Ag. CEO & Vice President

Olawunmi Fatusi is the acting Chief Executive Officer, Academy for Health Development. She is a seasoned clinician, academician, and administrator. She is a Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Fellow of both the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (in Dental Surgery) and the West African College of Surgeons, and Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria. Among others, she holds the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSc) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BChD) of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (OAU). She also has the degree of Master in Public Administration from OAU, and she is an alumnus of the Leadership Programme of the International Women’s Forum, USA.  

She also has Certificate in Research Ethics from the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (jointly managed by the University of Pretoria and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) and a long history of engagement in research, training and practice of ethics in healthcare settings and in the context of health research. She is a leading expert in research ethics and the application of ethical principles to clinical and community health practices, including adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights. She is the Vice Chair of the Health Research Ethics Committee of the Institute of Public Health, OAU, Member, Ethics Unit, Nigerian HIV Vaccine and Microbicides Advocacy Group. She teaches ethical issues in monitoring and evaluation at the biannual International Workshop on Evaluation of Public Health Programmes of the Institute of Public Health, OAU.  

Her leadership and management experiences include serving as the Head of Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Oral Pathology, and Dean of Faculty of Dentistry at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (OAU). She also served as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Centre for Gender and Social Policy Study, OAU, President of the Medical Women Association of Osun State, and President of the International Association for Dental Research (Nigerian Division). She is currently the Coordinator of the Nigerian arm of the Partners in African Cleft Training, through which she uses the platform of community systems and clinical facilities to provide services to affected population and build human resources capacity.  

In addition to her direct oversight of the Operations Division as the Executive Vice President of AHEAD, she also brings her rich teaching, clinical and research experience to bear on the technical dimensions of the various sections of the Programme Division.

Prof Adesegun Fatusi

Prof Adesegun Fatusi

Co-founder & Principal Fellow/Senior Advisor

Adesegun Olayiwola FATUSI was the founding President and CEO of Academy for Health Development (AHEAD). He is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians in Community Health, and Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He worked previously as a Reproductive Health Adviser for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)’s programme in Nigeria (1996-2001). Within the University system, he had previously served as the Head of Community Health Department, the Director of Population and Reproductive Health Programme, the Director of the Institute of Public Health, and Provost of the College of Health Sciences. Among others, he holds the International Masters of Public Health degree from the Hebrew University, Hadassah, Israel (with summa cum laude honours), and is a 2001/2002 Packard-Gates Leadership Fellow at the University of Washington, USA.

He is a leading expert in Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal and Adolescent Health, and is actively engaged in research, training, programme management and policy development at international, national, and sub-national levels. He has led several national research initiatives including the National Study on School Health, Performance Factor Special Study on Reproductive and Child Health, the National AIDS & Reproductive Health Survey, Assessment of Injection Safety and Health Care Waste Management, National Tuberculosis Survey and Follow-Up Study, and Quality of Tuberculosis Study. He was also as the Nigerian Principal Investigator for several international studies, including the Learning-Plus Initiative (on HIV and school health) Family Health and Wealth Study, and the Global Early Adolescent Study. Furthermore, he has served as the lead consultant for the development of several policy-related documents and strategic plans, including those on adolescent health, HIV/AIDS, reproductive and maternal health, and youth development in Nigeria and beyond.  

He has served as a consultant to several government agencies as well as international development organisations, including WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, UNAIDS, World Bank, USAID and CDC-funded programmes, and DfID-funded projects.  He is currently the Chair of Nigeria’s National Adolescent Health & Development Technical Working Group, Vice President (Sub-Saharan Africa) for the International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH), and a member of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing.

Oluseyi Olanrewaju

Oluseyi Olanrewaju

Associate Director (Operations)

Oluseyi A. OLANREWAJU is a highly experienced grants and resources management, with over a decade of experience in overseeing international research grants and managing field research operations. His background as an engineering graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, coupled with his certification as a chartered project management professional from Chartered Institute of Project Management (CIPM) and a member of Project Management Institute (PMI), and previous experience as the Senior Programme Officer (Operations and Community Services) at the Population and Reproductive Health Programme (PRHP) of OAU, made him a distinctive professional, empowered him with unique insight, and skills in managing organisational systems in support of public health programming.

He has had extensive post-graduate professional exposure and experience in various areas of public health programme development, implementation and evaluation. He has participated in the data review process of the National HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health at the national level, and is knowledgeable about data management. He is a facilitator at the biannual International Workshop on Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Health Programmes of the Institute of Public Health, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where he teaches on programme budgeting and budget implementation. Among others, he had previously worked as the Programme Officer (Research and Knowledge Management) with Health Research and Development Management (HERDMAN) Associates where he was involved in several national- and sub-national level research engagements. At PRHP, which is a collaborative initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute of Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) and OAU, he was responsible for the direct management of the financial and logistics operations of the multi-million dollar project and liaison with the Grants and Agency Unit of OAU and the JHSPH Financial Team.

Over the last 10 years, he has managed the project funds and field-related logistics relating to several other internationally-funded research, where he had direct administrative responsibilities. These include the Multi-country Learning-Plus Initiative Study (funded by UNICEF); the longitudinal, 6-country Family Health and Wealth Study (funded by JHSPH); the Oriade Health and Demographic Surveillance Site; and, the International Workshop on Monitoring & Evaluation (supported by USAID/MEASURE Evaluation).  

Bamidele Bello

Bamidele Bello

Associate Director (Research & Programmes)

Bamidele M. BELLO is a highly dynamic researcher, research manager, training facilitator with high level of professional commitment and increasing international experience. She holds a BSc. and Masters of Public Health Degree from the University of Ibadan, and is at the concluding stages of her PhD studies in Child and Adolescent health at the University of Ibadan. She had previously worked in volunteer position with the World Health Organisation Nigeria office, and as the Senior Programme Officer in charge of Research at the Population and Reproductive Health Programme (PRHP). At PRHP, she coordinated the field implementation of several funded research works, including multi-country studies. Among others, she had responsibilities for the planning and coordinating the technical and scientific dimensions of the field implementation of various research agenda, including the Nigerian arm of the longitudinal 6-country Family Health and Wealth Study (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through JHSPH).

She has also served part of the core technical team and as the Field Manager for the National Tuberculosis Survey and Follow-Up Study (funded by the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria through the Association for Reproductive and Family Health) implemented across in six states in Nigeria in 2012, and the Quality of Tuberculosis care in Nigeria carried out across 12 states in 2017. She was the Coordinator of the Nigerian Arm of the multi-partner funded 15-country Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS), as well as the formative research and testing of materials undertaken for the World Health Organization headquarters by AHEAD in the context of the development of the Global Accelerated Actions for Adolescent Health (AA-HA!) framework. She also has excellent skills in proposals development, knowledgeable both community-based and facility-based studies, and skilled in the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analyses.  

She is also adept at development of training materials and training facilitation. Among others she was one of the technical experts who developed Nigeria’s National Training Manual on Adolescent Health. She also has experience in policy development; she, for example, served as a Technical Associate for the development of Nigeria’s “Integrated Reproductive, Maternal, Chid, Newborn, Adolescent, and Child Health +Nutrition Strategic Plan” in 2016.


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