Professor Ladipo ADAMOLEKUN
NNOM DPhil DSc (Honorary)

Summary Curiculum Vitae

Areas Of Professional Competence and Interest
Governance and management issues including, public and corporate governance, civil service and administrative reform, decentralization, institutional development, international development management, and comparative public administration; federalism; and politics of development.
(Fluent in Yoruba, English and French).

University of Ibadan, Nigeria (BA French, First Class Honours); Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria (MPhil Public Administration); and University of Oxford, England (DPhil Politics).

Former Employment Has Included:
Professor of Management (on contract) at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (2005-2008); Specialist in Public Sector Management, The World Bank (1987-2004); Professor of Public Administration, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (1978-88); Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, (1983); and Public Administration Officer, Division of Public Administration, United Nations Headquarters, New York (1975-1976).

Former Posts Held Have Included
Lead Public Sector Management Specialist, The World Bank, 2000-2004; Dean, Faculty of Administration, and Head, Department of Public Administration – at Obafemi Awolowo University, 1979-81 and 1976-79 respectively.

Honours And Distinctions Include:

  • College Scholar at the University of Ibadan (1965-1968)
  • Rockefeller Scholar at the University of Oxford (1969-72)
  • Fulbright Scholar, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, U.S.A., November 1982 – June, 1983
  • Rockefeller Scholar in Residence, Bellagio Study Centre, Italy, September – October, 1983
  • Vice-President, International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA), 1980-86 and 1998-2004
  • Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM), 2005 – the “highest national prize for academic and intellectual attainment”
  • DSc, Public Policy and Governance (honoris causa), Lead City University, Ibadan, 2016.

Public Service (National and International)

National: Served between 1975 and 1986 on many Nigerian federal and state governments’ committees, councils and boards dealing with issues in the field of public affairs.  

International: Served between 1973 and 1986 and from 2004 to 2017 as consultant to several pan-African and international bodies, notably the United Nations, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and Britain’s Department for International Development.


Books and monographs: 36, including Sekou Toure’s Guinea, 1976; Politics and Administration in Nigeria, 1986; Public Administration in Africa: Main Issues and Selected Country Studies (ed.), 1999, 2nd edition, 2011; Politics, Bureaucracy and Development, 2006; and I Remember. The Autobiography of LADIPO ADAMOLEKUN, 2016. 

Journal articles and contributions to books: 111. The Journals include the International Review of Administrative Sciences (Brussels, Belgium); Quarterly Journal of Administration (Ife, Nigeria); Public Administration and Development (London); Publius. The Journal of Federalism (USA); and Revue Française d’administration publique (Paris).

Other Writings: 74 commissioned/official papers, reports, and invited lectures; 51 conference, seminar and workshop papers; and over 190 published short essays in magazines and newspapers.

Contact Information
In Nigeria: Mailing: 24, Ajipowo Street, P.O. Box 68, Iju, Ondo State, Nigeria; telephone: (234) – 8038407757 and (234) – 8053616402

Overseas: Mailing: P. O. Box 231479, Centreville, VA 20120; telephone: (01) – 571-236-1930

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