Dr. Adenike Akinsemolu
PhD (Federal University of Technology), MSc. (Babcock), BSc.
Senior Fellow | Environment and Sustainable Development
Dr. Adenike Akinsemolu is the Senior Fellow - Environment and Sustainable Development at the OGEES Institute. In this role, she leads the training, research and outreach activities of the Institute with respect to the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs), green economy, environmental science, and their intersections with law, policy and community engagement.
Dr. Akinsemolu holds Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Microbiology respectively from Babcock University and Federal University of Technology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Obafemi Awolowo University. She worked with the Clinton Foundation in New York and later established the Green Campus Initiative, which is a member of the United Nations. She is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and a member of the National Steering Committee of the Sustainable Energy Practitioners Association of Nigeria under the Ministry of Power. She is a Robert Bosch Stiftung Young Researcher Awardee. In October 2015, she won Nigeria Energy Awards for Energy Efficiency and Advocacy.
She is the founder of the award wining Green Campus Initiative (GCI), the first campus-based environmental advocacy organization in Nigeria. Through her work with the GCI and the Green Institute she has advocated for the inclusion of green education and sustainability in the Nigerian academic curriculum. In 2015, Sahara Reporters did a documentary on her Green Journey.
Akinsemolu serves as an Academic Associate with the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a Scientific Committee Member of the 6th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), at The Earth Institute, Columbia University. In 2020, Akinsemolu published the book The Principles of Green and Sustainability Science (Springer) that examines sustainability issues in Africa
Alongside her role as a Senior Fellow at the OGEES Institute, Dr. Akinsemolu serves as a consultant to international organizations and teaches environmental science and policy at Obafemi Awolowo University. Her research and teaching interests relate primarily to the intersection between environmental science, green and sustainability education, and the use of innovative and technology-driven approaches to promote conservation and efficiency in local communities.
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