Adenike Adeyemi is an expert in social entrepreneurship, institutional transformation, non-profit sustainability, philanthropy and corporate governance. Her 20-year experience includes working in the private, public and development sectors to develop, fund and implement innovative programs and high impact policies for MSMEs and young people.
She is the Chief Executive Officer for FATE Foundation, Nigeria’s foremost business incubator which has connected over 193,000 aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs with a range of resources including capacity building, advisory services, mentoring and financing to start, grow and scale their businesses. Under her leadership, the Foundation set up the FATE Institute as the thought leader on Nigeria’s MSMEs and has produced 13 research reports on the entrepreneurship ecosystem. She also led the expansion of the FATE School of Entrepreneurship’s incubation and accelerator programs to 27 states and published 9 books for Nigerian entrepreneurs. She also oversees the FATE Giving which raised, disbursed and closed a ≈$1,000,000 Fund for the FATE Philanthropy Coalition for COVID-19 Support Fund in 2020.
Prior to joining FATE Foundation, she worked at KPMG Nigeria; the Nigeria Leadership Initiative; the New Jersey Educational Opportunity Program and the West African NGO Network. She has a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University (2005) and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Ibadan (2001). She is a 2020 Eisenhower Global Women Leaders Fellow.
Adenike’s Board experience includes Trustee of the Youth Business International; Council Member, Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industries; Non-Executive Director, VDT Bitflux Communications; Director, Oxbridge Tutorial College Foundation; and Advisory Board Member, BudgIT. She is also the Lead Facilitator for the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) MSME Community of Practice and the Chairman, Technical Sub Committee, 2022 NESG Nigerian Economic Summit. She also serves on the LSETF MSME Recovery Fund Committee.