Olufemi Boyede, CITP, (‘Femi)
Olufemi Boyede has over thirty years of professional experience in international trade and strategy, policy advocacy and human capital development. He has broad expertise in trade and business environment improvement, regional integration frameworks, trade linkages, services exports, public-private dialogue and advocacy on non-oil exports and enterprise development issues.
He has a strong background in private sector management positions and consulting roles in the business, trade and logistics communities, and more recently has held numerous senior trade and export development positions in Nigeria’s public and private sectors. In addition to several Consultancy assignments with International Agencies including the World Bank, DFID, GIZ, USAID, the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Trade Centre (ITC), ‘Femi has served as Technical Adviser to three former Nigerian Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment.
Some of his previous positions/contributions include: Technical Advisor to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (2011-2014), Country Facilitator for Nigeria on the ECOWAS Trade and Enterprises Experts Network (ECOWAS-TEN), Alternate Chairman, Trade and Commerce Thematic Area of the Technical Working Group of Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020 (2009); Special Technical Assistant to the Minister of Commerce and Industry (2003-2005), Member, Presidential Steering/Technical Committee on AGOA (2003), and Representative of the then Ministry of Commerce and Industry on the Presidential Review Committee on Waivers, Concessions and Incentives (2007).
He is responsible for the establishment, (and served as Founding National Coordinator) of the Network of Nigerian Women Exporters of Services, NNWES, an ITC funded project.
Mr. Boyede has served as consultant to numerous international bodies including the World Bank, DFID, the Commonwealth Business Council, International Trade Center, ILEAP, ECOWAS, NEPAD Business Group and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
He originated and is Convener of the annual Nigerian Non-Oil Export Conference, Exhibition and Awards, NNECEA, for several years, the only platform for public-private sector dialogue on non-oil export development issues. After participating in the PDFII’s trade advocacy dialogues, Mr. Boyede saw clear basis for synergy and has volunteered considerable time and resources to supporting the Trade Team of PDFII, spearheading the conceptualisation and eventual registration of the Network of Practicing Non-oil Exporters of Nigeria, NPNEN. As a member of the Steering Committee of PDFII’s Exporters Community of Practice, he has actively led engagements with regulatory agencies to foster the development and growth of Nigeria’s non-oil exports.
To enable him effectively pursue his passion to foster trade between Africa (with Nigeria as focus), Canada and the world, and to promote trade linkages between the players in these business communities ‘Femi has established the Nigeria Trade and Investment Centre, Canada Inc., NITICCA, and also serves as the President of the Toronto Hub of the Nigerian and Canadian Business Network (NCBN).
A serial entrepreneur, ‘Femi is the Chairman of Newgate Medical Services Limited (Newgate Hospital), Nigeria. He also runs his private consultancy firm, Koinonia Global Services Inc. with offices in Canada and Nigeria. As Femi’s proposed solution to Market Access challenges for Nigerian exporters seeking to enter the North American and Canadian markets, ‘Femi has recently established the Nigeria Trade and Investment Centre, Canada. He has also packaged and runs an Export Readiness Programme (for Nigerian MSMEs) in partnership with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
‘Femi Boyede is a Certified International Trade Professional, CITP, the highest professional ranking in International Trade in North America