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Abimbola Abass Jimi-Adebakin (born 1971) is a Nigerian business executive. She is currently the Director, African Agribusiness Incubation Fund (AAIF), after her tenure as the Chief Operating Officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation supporting its $100m Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme. A strong advocate for African development and empowerment through entrepreneurship, she has spoken on the subject at various fora across Africa.
Early life and education
Born in 1971, she had her early education in Nigeria. She has a degree in Pharmacy and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Lagos and is currently pursuing her executive Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Cranfield University, UK.
A Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), USA, she is also an accredited Master Trainer for the Global Forum/IFC Board Training programme for Board Directors and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) of Nigeria.
Abimbola is responsible for setting up the African Agribusiness Incubation Fund, a fund promoted by the African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN) www.africaain.org. Prior to this, she was the Chief Operating OFficer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, where she demonstrated her organisational design expertise and programme maanagement skills to help drive the Tony Elumelu Foundation Enterpreneurship Programme successfully. Abimbola grew her consulting expertise, leading the consulting arm of the Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC) and previously at Accenture. She has worked on various projects across public, private and not-for-profit institutions including Financial, Healthcare, Power distribution, Regulatory and Governance Services.
Abimbola is also an entrepreneur having run and sold her own pharmaceutical start-up Caraale Pharmacy.
Tony Elumelu Foundation
Abimbola Adebakin was the Chief Operating Officer (2015 – 2016) of the Tony Elumelu Foundation where she led the operations of the Foundation’s programmes. She played a critical role in the implementation of the Foundation’s flagship project, the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme.
She is married with a son, and lives in Lagos.