Yemi Babington-Ashaye is an economist, a management scientist and a Chartered Accountant. He regularly collaborates with corporations, governments, non-profit organisations and individual leaders. Yemi uses strategy, management and leadership expertise to design and deliver innovative solutions.
A former Director and Deputy Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum, Yemi diversified the organisation’s Africa operations and created a pan-African Community of Presidents, Ministers, CEOs and other leaders across sectors, interacting on the global agenda. As Head of the Global Shapers Community, Yemi developed and executed strategy to empower youth by building the Global Shapers Community to over 450 cities in 170+ countries and territories. Yemi designed and implemented a distributed leadership strategy securing over 7,000 members whose work had impacted over one million lives through projects within the first 5 years. As Technical Adviser for Economic Growth to the Nigerian Finance Minister, Yemi was responsible for the structure and content of the Minister’s regular State of the Economy briefings as well as overseeing fiscal initiatives to strengthen growth and national competitiveness. Formerly at General Electric, Yemi developed software that automated his first job. He led the Project Business UK team that won the Kingston Mayor’s Award for contribution to the community. Empowering others by sharing knowledge is something that Yemi has done throughout his career, including through teaching and research.