Dr. Babatunde Omilola recently joined the African Development Bank (AfDB) to lead the Public Health, Social Protection and Nutrition Division of the Bank. Prior to joining AfDB, he served as the Head of Development Planning and Inclusive Sustainable Growth Team with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. In this position, he led a policy and programme team responsible for UNDP’s global work on development planning, social protection, poverty and inequality reduction, development finance, inclusive growth, food and nutrition security, trade, Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He also served as Co-Chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Team on National Monitoring of the SDGs and Co-Chair of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Task Force on Global Food and Nutrition Security (HLTF) and Zero Hunger Challenge Group Technical Team.
Dr. Babatunde Omilola led the preparation and implementation of several UNDP global reports, strategies and policies such as UNDP’s global corporate strategy on inclusive and sustainable growth, UNDP’s global primer on social protection and UNDP’s global report on transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs. He also led the preparation of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) corporate guidelines for SDG country monitoring and reporting. He served as UNDP’s Senior Economic Advisor and Head of Policy and Strategy in South Africa between 2013 and 2015. He also served as UNDP’s Regional Practice Leader for poverty reduction and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the 23 Eastern and Southern African countries from 2010 to 2013.
Dr. Babatunde Omilola led the work of the United Nations Country Teams (UNCTs) on application of MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) to address maternal mortality in different African countries. He has written extensively on patterns and trends of maternal and child health and nutritional inequalities in developing countries. He served as a member of the 3-member Mission Team that visited the three Ebola- affected countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra-Leone) to galvanize political support and partnerships for the International Ebola Recovery Conference hosted by the United Nations Secretary General on 10 July 2015, which resulted in the mobilization of additional resources (commitments) of $3.4 billion for the countries.
Prior to joining UNDP, Dr. Babatunde Omilola worked with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C., as the Africa-wide Coordinator and Program Leader of the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System. In the past, he worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), where he handled FAO liaison functions with the African Union Commission (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has managed high-level policy and knowledge initiatives, intergovernmental processes and partnerships at national, regional and global levels.
Dr. Babatunde Omilola holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Development Studies and Development Economics respectively from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, United Kingdom where he studied as a Ford Foundation International Fellow. He has visited and carried out professional assignments in 87 countries worldwide, including countries in Africa, Middle East, North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia and the Pacific.