Adefunke Adeyemi was recently honoured as one of the 200 globally Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) in affiliation with the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent. 

She is a catalyst of change, influencer and a transformative thought leader for the aviation industry, positively impacting lives and the business environment through her passion, work and initiatives focused on driving value, best practices and international standards in the sector and beyond. She is a lawyer, advocate, global aviation expert and executive mentor, and has spearheaded several women in leadership initiatives and capacity building for aviation and other sectors in the Africa Middle East region over the past 10 years.                                                                      

In her current role as Regional Director, Advocacy & Strategic Relations for Africa at the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), Adefunke advocates for the sustainability and growth of the aviation industry across the region, highlighting its value to economies and societies as an enabler, connector and catalyst for development and growth, and a force for social good. Adefunke is responsible for conceptualising and delivering an ongoing campaign for improved air connectivity across the African continent and is IATA’s focal point for the implementation of the Single African Air Transport Market initiative across the continent.

 She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from University of Cambridge, U.K. after obtaining her undergraduate law degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Nanyang Business School, NTU, Singapore, during which she simultaneously completed a collaborative Advanced Management Program in Aviation, Leadership and Innovation between the Nanyang Business School, Berkeley Haas School of Business, University of California and the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

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