Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters
Ambassador Adeyemi Dipeolu is Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters in the Office of the Vice President of Nigeria.
His work and interests have evolved around, economic development, trade, industrial policy and diplomacy including the negotiation of economic agreements and strategic management.
Dr Dipeolu was Director of the Capacity Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). In this role, he led ECA’s innovative work on Transformative Industrial Policy and on Conflict and Development in Africa.
He was also Member of the Technical Committee and Head of Secretariat of the High-Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa.
Dr Dipeolu’s earlier assignments at the Economic Commission for Africa included serving as Chief of Staff and as Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre.
Before joining ECA, Dr Dipeolu was in the Nigerian Foreign Service and served in Geneva, Pretoria, Addis Ababa and Caracas. He has also been Special Assistant in the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria.
Dr Dipeolu obtained his B.Sc degree in economics from the University of Ife where he won the National Award and UAC of Nigeria Higher Education Award. He attended the Oxford University Foreign Service Programme as a Chevening Scholar and graduated with all-round distinction.
He obtained his M.Phil degree in the Economics and Politics of Development with distinction from the University of Cambridge where he also won the Jennings Prize for outstanding performance. He obtained his doctorate degree in economics from the University of South Africa.
Dr Dipeolu retired from the Foreign Service and United Nations in 2015 before taking up his present assignment.
He is a member of the Economic Management Team, National Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council, Micro, small and.Medium Enterprises Council, National Council on Procurement and the National Council on Privatization.
He serves on the Board of Trustees of Lead City University, Ibadan and on the Board of Trustees of the Visiola Foundation dedicated to the advancement of girl child education