Moji RhodesMoji Rhodes



Occupational Information

Occupation: Professional

Occupational Position: On research sabbatical at Oxford University

Professional History

Moji’s 13 year career spans public and private sector organisations in the UK & Nigeria. She commenced her career in the public sector as a business planning manager at the UK government’s Department of Health. She went on to serve as the Senior Special Assistant for Administration & Strategy and the first female Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor of Lagos from 2007 - 2015. In her position as Deputy Chief of Staff she had administrative oversight for the Governor’s Office and managed relations with over 75 government ministries and agencies. In partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School’s IFED Programme, she established and managed the INNOVATE LAGOS initiative, which was the first government-led programme to support innovation in Nigeria. She also served as Chairman of the Lagos State Competitiveness Project, set up by the Lagos Business School & Lagos State Government.

As Senior Special Assistant for Administration and Strategy, she restructured operations in the Governor’s Office to improve efficiency and delivery, established a Project Monitoring Unit and the Lagos-Clinton Foundation Partnership programme. She also served as a member of the Lagos State Government's high level policy team that developed and implemented transformational policies covering Infrastructure, Security, Transportation and The Environment.

In the private sector she served as Brand & Communications Manager at United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA) Nigeria and Creditor Relations Analyst at Lehman Brothers (London).

With a keen interest in politics she also served as a member of the APC Presidential Campaign’s Communications and Fundraising Committees for the 2015 General Elections in Nigeria.


LLB Law - University of Kent
MSc Development Finance - University of Reading
Negotiation Programme - Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


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.