2013 Tutu Fellow Jumoke Oduwole JD was appointed as a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in the United States on 1 July 2023.

A special advisor to former Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Jumoke will be working with the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government through June 2024. In the announcement of her appointment, it said she was appointed after undergoing a rigorous screening process from a large and strong pool of globally-acclaimed high achievers, and that only a few individuals are invited to be senior fellows each year.

During her time at Harvard Kennedy School, Jumoke will research the role of business in strengthening government reforms.  Jumoke served in the Buhari administration from November 2015 to May 2023. She was first appointed as senior special assistant to the president on industry, trade and investment; and later as special adviser to the president on ease of doing business.

She also served as the pioneer secretary to the presidential enabling business environment council (PEBEC).  A lawyer, prior to her appointment by President Buhari, she taught international economic law at the University of Lagos.  In 2022, she was appointed as governance advisor to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Governance Lab for her innovative strides in governance.

Read more on the appointment at The Cable.

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