Mr. Ayodele Balogun
Consultant at Wallace and Associates
Ayo has over 27 years’ experience in production, sales, supply chain, marketing, business development and strategy in Africa (Nigeria, Morocco and South Africa), France and The UAE, across Manufacturing and Retail of Consumer Goods. He has worked on the development of new products, brand portfolio rationalization, production outsourcing, and turnaround of both production and retail organisations across geographies.
For a brief period, Ayo was also involved with the Rainforests Project of the Prince of Wales, leading the African Task force into 7 countries in Africa to argue that rainforests are more valuable alive than dead, and to propose ways in which stakeholders could protect rainforests without GDP loss.
Between 2008 and 2013, as COO and CMO of Notore Chemicals, Ayo led the development of the most comprehensive inputs distribution network in Africa, taking inputs from plant to farmgate in a controlled fashion, and involving more than 3000 individuals and businesses.
Over the last 8 years, Ayo has been working as:
1) a policy and agri-business consultant in agriculture;
2) an operational consultant to SMEs to exploit their growth opportunities, principally through the removal of the constraints to growth.
He has also been an active member of the board of a number of SMEs and Start-ups. Ayo has also performed a number of agriculture and fertilizer market studies for donors and development finance institutions.
Ayo is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School, with an M.Sc in Management. He has an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School in Syracuse University, and a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Lagos. Ayo also has an Advanced Certificate in Conflict Studies from The Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) of the Maxwell School.