Gbenga Akinlolu Shadare completed his doctoral degree (PhD) at the University of Sheffield where he is currently researching social protection systems in developing countries, including Nigeria. In the last few years, Gbenga has been in the forefront of actively promoting and canvassing the adoption of social policy programmes (including social protection and social work) in the global South. He is a graduate of the University of Ibadan (1986), where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree. He also holds an MBA degree of the Lagos State University, followed by Executive Management Certificate for CEOs of Small-Medium Enterprises (Owners Management Programme – OMP) of the Lagos Business School.
Upon relocating to the United Kingdom in 2007, Gbenga completed an MA in Public Policy at the University of Nottingham. He is passionate about social development in sub-Saharan African. Gbenga has presented and participated in workshops/seminars/courses in various countries including South Africa, Rwanda, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Ghana, Hong Kong, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, Ireland, UK, USA and Canada.
He worked in telecommunications and financial services for over 20 years and consulted for the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Ghanaian government on Payments Systems, Cheque Standards and Security Printing. He also worked in different countries of Africa and he is the founder of Investment Alliance Ltd., The Watermark WA Ltd, The Anti-Fraud Foundation Nigeria, Africa@UK Limited, Triple AG (3AAAG) UK Ltd and The All-African Postgraduate Research Network (AAPoRG) at the University of Sheffield.