Abiodun (Abi) Jagun
Abiodun (Abi) Jagun is a dedicated Professional and Advisor with over 25 years of experience and success in analysis, public policy, and strategy across Philanthropy, Higher Education, Public Sector and Management Consulting. She takes pride in being a researcher with academic and commercial experience in the field of ICT for development (ICT4D) and business transformation.
Along with her professional career, Abiodun has served on the Board for Communications Policy Research which is a capacity-building initiative to develop policy intellectuals on ICT policy regulation among junior to mid-level scholars. She also was on the Advisory Board for Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre; a Nigerian non-governmental organization working for the economic and social empowerment of girls and women, using information and communication technologies (ICTs). She is currently Chair of the Program Investment Committee of Financial Sector Deepening Trust, Tanzania; a non-profit that supports Tanzania’s financial sector in delivering inclusive, quality financial solutions that improve the well-being and livelihood of the population.
Abi has an extensive background in policy analysis, strategic planning, and project management and is currently the Nigeria Country Lead for the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In 2011, before working with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Abi was Special Assistant (Post & Telecommunication) to Nigeria's Minister for Communication Technology at the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology where she formulated and communicated national policies on the development of the Nigerian ICT and postal industries. Earlier in her career, Dr. Jagun was an academic in the United Kingdom and South Africa with a research focus on issues relating to the impact of ICTs on Societies and Markets.
Abiodun earned a Ph.D. in Management Science and MSc in Operations Research from the University of Strathclyde. She also received an MBA from Cardiff University.