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Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode

Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode is a business leader, social sector expert, and human rights activist with over 20 years of demonstrated experience in development, specialising in gender, youth, and inclusion initiatives. As Chief Executive Officer of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, an independent non-governmental organisation advocating for democratic and social reform in Nigeria, she has been instrumental in implementing sustainable development programs dedicated to engendering socio-economic change on the African continent. Through the Foundation, she drives impactful stakeholder-driven interventions and advocacy activities, with particular emphasis on education, capacity building, and disaster risk management especially in the insurgency and terrorism affected north-eastern region of Nigeria. She has also devoted her career to exploring opportunities for thought leadership on the role of INGOs in Africa across a range of sectors.

An entrepreneur, Ms. Muhammed-Oyebode is Group Chair at Asset Management Group Limited (AMG), a real estate development and management firm with a diverse portfolio of social initiatives. In addition, she chairs the boards of Lekoil Limited, an Africa focused oil and gas exploration company, and the NEEM Foundation, an organisation devoted to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of communities in conflict zones. She is also a member of the Harvard Kennedy School's Women's Leadership Board (WLB) of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP). She serves as an advisor and country expert to the University of Pennsylvania Law Global Women’s Leadership Project and an advisor to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on Northern Nigeria. She is a co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, established in the aftermath of the abduction of over 200 girls from their school in the Chibok local government area of Borno State, Nigeria.

Ms. Muhammed-Oyebode holds a PhD in Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London, an LLM in Public International Law from King’s College, University of London, and an MBA in Finance from Imperial College, University of London. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989 and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. A published author, her recent academic publications include chapters on SDG 1 “No Poverty” and SDG 5 “Gender Equality” published by Routledge 2021. She is also the author of “The Stolen Daughters of Chibok,” published by PowerHouse Books 2022.