Buhari’s former aide Jumoke Oduwole appointed senior fellow at Harvard University

Former presidential aide Jumoke Oduwole

Jumoke Oduwole, former special adviser to ex-President Muhammadu Buhari on ease of doing business, has been appointed a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in America.

Oduwole, according to a letter signed by Richard Zeckhauser and Frank Ramsey, would be affiliated with the Mossavar-Rahmani Centre for Business and Government from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

Zechauser noted: “Oduwole was subjected to ‘a rigorous screening process’ from a large and strong pool of globally-acclaimed high achievers. Only a few individuals are invited to be senior fellows each year. We believe you will make a valuable contribution to the Centre, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard more generally, and to effective public policy.”

Oduwole took time off from her duties teaching international economic law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. She served in Buhari’s administration as senior special assistant on industry, trade and investment, and then as SA on ease of doing business.

She was also the pioneer secretary to the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC).


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Under her watch, Nigeria moved up 39 places in the World Bank’s doing business rankings and was twice recognised as a top 10 economy in three years for impactful reforms that created a more conducive environment for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to thrive. She and her team took the intervention from ideation stage in 2016 and grew it to a national programme spanning all arms and levels of government.

She started her career working in investment and corporate banking in Nigeria from 2000 to 2004 at First City Merchant Bank (FCMB) Capital Markets and Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

Oduwole bagged her LL.B from the University of Lagos.