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Occupational Information

Occupation: Development

Occupational Position: Founder of the Visiola Foundation; Technical Adviser to the Coordinating Minister of the Economy/Honorable Minister of Finance of Nigeria


The Visiola Foundation "Adopt-A-Community" Program.

Professional History

Lad̩e Araba is a seasoned development finance and project management specialist with 11 years of professional experience.. She worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization and published FAO Working Papers on increasing the export competitiveness of key agricultural commodities. As a Senior Investment Officer at the African Development Bank, Lade presented and received Board approval for Investment Proposals in infrastructure assets valued in excess of USD 2 billion. As Technical Adviser to the Executive Secretary of UNECA, Lade advised on policy reforms to strengthen infrastructure development, regional integration, and intra-African trade. Her UNECA published Working Paper on the building blocks for an African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) was well received by African Ministers of Trade and led to the adoption of a resolution to implement the CFTA at the 2012 African Union Summit. She is a recipient of the prestigious 2011 Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship.


MBA from Thunderbird, School of Global Management
MBA Exchange Student at HEC School of Management, France
BBA from the University of Oklahoma
Study Abroad at Universite de Paris - La Sorbonne, France


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
23 December 2017

Making a simple change can help realize one’s full potential. At TED Talent Search Lagos 2017 in Nigeria, Victoria Ohaeri describes the importance of changing her name to positively affect others' perceptions.  The 2016 Tutu Fellow tells her personal story about the effects of labeling, and how changing her name made all the difference.

Norman Smit
21 December 2017

Young farmers participating in a project started by 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki have had their first harvest and been paid for the fruits of their labour.  The new farmers in the agro-entrepreneurship Fort Hall Eye Project harvested two tons of beans. This green success is taking place in one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, where alcoholism has left almost no household unaffected.

Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

The CEO of All On, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is helping to build access to affordable sustainable energy for low income households, small business, and communities.  All On is an independent impact investing company.  As part of its approach it has also provided a grant to the acclaimed Nigerian tech incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to challenge Nigeria’s innovators on energy. Co-Creation Hub is run by 2017 Tutu Fellow 'Bosun Tijani.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI



The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.