Minister of State for Finance in Nigeria
’Dapo is Special Adviser to the Minister of State for Finance in Nigeria, responsible for Policy and International Cooperation. Previously, he served as Technical Adviser to two Ministers of National Planning (NPC) in the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The NPC is the country’s central think tank on strategic development, policy planning and coordination across the country, and serves a central advisory role to the President. At the NPC, his responsibilities spanned international cooperation, donor coordination, national development strategy, policy formulation, performance monitoring and evaluation and speech writing, amongst others. Prior to his current role, he was head of Research, Policy and Strategy at the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development’s (DFID) technical assistance program in Nigeria called the ‘State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC)’. Until 2009, he was the Executive Director of the Centre for African Public Policy and Strategy (CAPPS) and was also Head of the Centre for Democracy & Development (CDD) in the UK. He has been a Consultant and Advisor to several multilateral bodies including the United Nations, the World Bank and the Commonwealth. He has led several policy initiatives and development projects and, for over a decade, been a key analyst and commentator on African and international affairs for international news agencies such as CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera, as well Reuters and the Financial Times. ’Dapo studied at the University of South Africa, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is member of the Africa Leadership Network (ALN), the BMW Responsible Leaders Network and also an Aspen Institute Alumnus. He is a writer and regular speaker at international fora on global development, diplomacy and governance issues, with particular emphasis on Africa.