Ayodeji Balogun is the country manager for AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited and the regional director of Africa Exchange Holdings. In both roles he is pioneering the development of a private sector led commodities exchange and an electronic warehouse receipt system. He previously worked on developing the company’s new market entry strategy in East and West Africa, and before joining AFEX he supported several private-sector enabling policy initiatives at the Tony Elumelu Foundation including designing the Nigerian National Competitiveness Council and drafting a bill to regulate the non-profit sector in Nigeria.
He worked as an analyst with Unilever Nigeria Plc and an associate at Doreo Partners where he contributed to the development of Nigeria’s Agriculture Transformation Plan in 2011. He was a visiting consultant to DFID (GEMS3) and the Ministry of Agriculture on value chain development and coordinator of the West African chapter of Aspen Network of Developing Entrepreneurs (ANDE).
Ayodeji is an MBA from the Lagos Business School and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Heavy Equipment Engineering from Penn Foster University, Scranton, US.