Dr. Olu Adebola has been appointed as Executive Director, Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan by President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammad Nanono
Dr Patrick Adebola who hails from Kabba in Kogi State, is a Plant Breeder/Geneticist, joined IITA-Abuja, Nigeria, as Project Leader of AfricaYam.
He oversees and coordinates the project activities in the four target countries.
He obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria in 1987, 1990, and 2003 respectively.
He also obtained a master’s degree in Business Leadership (MBL) from the Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa in 2014.
Dr Adebola has over two decades experience in plant breeding research and community engagement in West and Southern Africa conutries and had managed and supervised several international projects and networks.
Before joining IITA, Dr Adebola worked with the Africa Rice Center as the Deputy Director General for the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Liberia in 2016.
He was a Research Team Manager and Head of the Plant Breeding Division at the Agricultural Research Council, ARC-VOPI, South Africa (2005–2016).
He has earlier worked with the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria as a research scientist and rose to the position of Assistant Chief Research Officer and Program Manager Biotechnology between 1993 and 2004.
He was a postdoctoral fellow (2004-2005) in the department of Botany, University of Fort Hare, South Africa and a recipient of the Rothamsted International Postdoctoral Fellowship hosted by the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), Sand Hutton, York, United Kingdom during 2008-2010.
He is married and the union is blessed with outstanding children