Iredele Ogunbayo

Education BSc & MSc in Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan;
MBA, Obafemi Awolowo University
STAAARS+ Research Resilience to Covid-19 and Insecurity Shocks: Evidence from Nigeria

Iredele is a Researcher and Project Administrative Manager at the Innovation Lab for Policy Leadership in Agriculture & Food Security (PiLAF), University of Ibadan. PiLAF is one of the three Centres for Policy Leadership supported by the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy, Research, Capacity and Influence (PRCI). He is a recipient of the Structural Transformation of African and Asian Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAAARS+) Fellowship 2022/2023 Cohorts Award. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan. He also holds an MBA degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Currently, he is a doctoral student at the Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law, University of Ibadan. He has strong interest in understanding the nexus between energy and agriculture in addition to energy utilization within the agricultural value-chain in Nigeria. His thesis is focused on energy efficiency.

He loves interacting with farmers and has acquired extensive experience in conducting stacked surveys at the state and national levels having been involved with several researches especially with professors from Michigan State University (MSU).

Since 2016, he has been a Research Field / In-country Coordinator for several projects funded by USAID and implemented by MSU, majority of which were under the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project. He served as a consultant to World Fish, Malaysia between 2020 & 2021 where he was team lead and coordinator of the data collection on a survey to determine the effects of covid-19 pandemic on the fish and poultry value-chains across eight states in Nigeria. In 2018, he led a team of field researchers to conduct the first large survey of maize traders in Nigeria, the output of which can be found in the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy – Nigeria Agricultural Policy Project (Policy Research Brief 56, Jan 2018). He holds a position as Head, Agric Sector Research at Preston Consults, a research and management consultancy firm based in the capital city, Abuja. He also serves on the board of other business ventures.

Prior to venturing into research, he had a successful ten-year experience in the Nigerian Banking industry having worked in three reputable banks.

Iredele is passionate about the development of chess in Nigeria and is a prominent figure in Nigerian Chess, serving as the Chairman of Oyo State Chess Association and the Chess League Ibadan.

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Iredele Ogunbayo