Mr. Niyi Ojuolape, UNFPA Country Representative, Ghana
Mr. Niyi Ojuolape presented his credentials to the Government of Ghana in August 2017 as the UNFPA representative. Before his appointment, Mr. Ojuolape served as Special Assistant to the Executive Director of UNFPA in New York for six and a half years, where he provided critical strategic support and technical expertise to the executive management of the organisation, including as a member of the Executive Committee, of which he was the Head of Secretariat. He has also acted as the UNFPA Deputy Representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he liaised with political influencers within government, and collaborated with colleagues on the landmark advocacy on the demographic dividend.
Before joining UNFPA in 2011, Mr. Ojuolape held the position of Chief Programme Officer of Donor Coordination for the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) in Nigeria, where his duties included coordination of communications activities, donor coordination and the development of resource mobilisation strategies that led to an increase of $150 million in funding for the Agency’s portfolio over a five-year period. Prior to this, as Special Assistant to the Minister of Health in Nigeria, he played an integral role in the success of the Ministry of Health’s supervision of approximately 4000 staff members and a budget of about $1.2 billion. He also worked on several World Bank funded projects between 2002 and 2005.
Mr. Ojuolape holds a Master of Science in Finance from the University of Calabar and a Banking and Finance Degree from Ondo State University in Nigeria.
He has a passion for working with and for young people and is committed to ensuring his organisation delivers in a world where every young person’s dream is realised.