Oyewale Abioye is a co-founder of Tech4Ag. He has over 11 years’ experience in the development and implementation of programs that focus on improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Sub-Sahara Africa. He leads an enterprise that processes cassava into flakes and runs a plantain/yam farm. Since 2015, he has mentored over 35 young graduates to start their agribusiness enterprise. He is a member of the Long-Term EU-AU Research and Innovation Partnership for Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning task team (LEAP4FNSSA). He was a Next Generation Delegate at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Food Security Symposium 2018, in Washington DC where he represented African Youth on a panel discussion on Youth Perspectives, Potential, and Progress: An Insiders’ Take. Also participated as a panelist at the LEAP4FNSSA 2020 West Africa Workshop where he presented on Innovation and digitalization in agriculture: Paving the way for entrepreneurs, AgriTech, and FoodTech start-ups. Oyewale is a fellow of the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, in 2018/2019, he worked in a team of five to improve the livelihood of 21 youths and women (7males and 14 females) in Majidun, Ikorodu Lagos State. He has been involved in several multi-countries’/multi-disciplinary programs like the HUMIDTROPICS (CGIAR Research Program led by IITA), AfDB funded Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT), MacArthur Funded projects in West Africa and IFAD funded Zero Hunger project in Nigeria and Togo. He has won several scholarships; grants and he is a certified Project Management Professional.
Gbadegesin Alawode is the Co-Founder of Tech4Ag and the Director of Policy, Strategy and Innovation. Gbadegesin has broad interest in public health and development encompassing- Nutrition, Health Policy and Technology especially as they all intersect to create a just and equitable society. He has over 10 years of experience designing and implementing innovative and scalable projects and research. Gbadegesin is a recipient of the NYSC Katsina State Honours Award 2014, 2016 Women Deliver Youth Scholar and 2018 Finalist of the British Council Future Leaders Connect, Nigeria. He holds a Master of Public Health and a certificate in Entrepreneurship from Delft University, Netherlands.
Opeyemi Abiona is young Public Health researcher with 10 years of research experience basic, applied and intervention research with cognate know how of qualitative and quantitative methods. Her research focus has been on promoting early childhood nutrition, Mobile technology intervention for children and vulnerable population, private- sector malaria drug informal market, and social science component of development of Smart Diagnostic Devices for schistosomiasis and malaria. She participated actively Roadmap for Development of a Smart Malaria and schistosomiasis Diagnostic Device: Use and Acceptance of the Excelscope by Health care Professionals in Nigeria sponsored by Delft University, Netherlands. She has robust experiences in research communication, community mobilization and fieldwork logistic management. She has authored and co-authored 14 publications in highly rated journals and presented research findings at national, regional and international conferences.