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Olawale Fajobi

Olawale Fajobi

Director for Human Resources and Organizational Development


In his role as the Director of the Global Human Resources and Organizational Development at IRRI, Ola will leverage his expertise in human resource management to provide leadership and strategic direction to ensure best-practice delivery of HR services. Specifically, he leads and manages a global human resource team responsible for strategy and service delivery in the specialized areas of talent management, advisory services, and compensation, benefits, and operations. Ola also serves as a member of the Executive Team, providing overall strategic guidance and support for IRRI. 

Prior to his current position,  Ola served as the Global Head of Human Resources at Christian Aid, an international organization that works with local partners and communities to end global poverty and injustice. As the institution’s lead HR expert, he was in charge of delivering the full spectrum of operational and strategic human resource and organizational development objectives. His role included managing HR services and supporting over a thousand staff located across Europe, Africa, and Asia.

During his career, Ola also provided consultative services to a variety of organizations including the British Film Institute, Bates, Wells & Braithwaite LLP, and British Red Cross.