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Dr. Modupe (Mo) Adefeso-Olateju is a recognized policy expert specializing in public-private partnerships in education. She is Managing Director of The Education Partnership Centre (TEP Centre); Nigeria’s pioneering education partnership organization. She advices education sector policymakers, leads workstreams on a range of education sector support initiatives funded or assisted by international donors and corporate funders, and trains public sector officials and development organizations on strategic planning, and monitoring and evaluation.

Under Mo’s leadership, the pan-African Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS) was established. Now in its sixth year, NEDIS is a platform to identifying and scaling meaningful innovations in the education sector. Mo also leads the team which hosts the National Innovation Collaboration on Education (NICE), a community of knowledge and practice around education innovation; and EdMeetsTech which is an initiative that connects EdTech entrepreneurs with educators and education policymakers such that innovative solutions to education challenges can be co-created and scaled. She is leading the implementation of LEARNigeria; Nigeria’s tech-enabled citizen-led household assessment and advocacy programme, which in partnership with government and corporate sector, is assessing the foundational literacy and numeracy competencies of over 100,000 children and youth aged 5-18 in Nigeria, advocating for evidence-based policymaking and supporting the implementation of effective remedial programs for communities.

Mo was co-convener of the National Annual Education Conference (NAEC) hosted by the Federal Ministry of Education in 2018 and 2019, and wrote a section of the Federal Ministry of Education’s Strategic Plan for Education (2011-2015). She serves on the Advisory Committee of the Brookings Institution Center for Universal Education (CUE) Millions Learning program. She was previously Monitoring and Evaluation workstream lead with UK-DfID’s ESSPIN Program, Business Analysist with Accenture and Vice President at Junior Achievement, and serves as a trustee of four impactful non-profits. Mo is a 2020 Fellow of the Asia-Global Institute in Hong Kong and a Fellow of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) in Nigeria.  As a Centenary Scholar (Africa), she received a PhD in Education and International Development from the Institute of Education, University College London. She earned a Masters with Distinction from the same institution.