Dr Funmi Oyefusi
|🏫 Education||Atlantic International University, Hawaii USA.|
|🎓 Alma mater||University of Liverpool, UK|
Occupation: Organizational and Human Development Practitioner
|📆 Years active||1995 till Date|
|🏢 Organisation||FTI Consulting Nigeria|
|Works||Award of Excellence presented by National Association of Crop Production and Protection Students of the Faculty of Agriculture in Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife in recognition of her meritorious contribution to the Department of Crop Production and Protection in 2019. 10 years Long service award by ActionAid Nigeria in recognition of her solidarity with the poor and excluded in 2019.|
|🏅 Awards||Funmi was recognized by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Victory House London, for a Diligence and Commitment award of the year in 2003; Long service award by ActionAid Nigeria in recognition of her solidarity with the poor and excluded in 2014; Award of Excellence presented by National Association of Crop Production and Protection Students of the Faculty of Agriculture in Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife in recognition of her meritorious contribution to the Department of Crop Production and Protection in 2019. 10 years Long service award by ActionAid Nigeria in recognition of her solidarity with the poor and excluded in 2019.|
Funmi graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Agriculture (Plant Science) from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. She has a Masters’ degree in Global Human Resources from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, and a Doctorate degree in Organizational and Human Development from the Atlantic International University, Hawaii USA.
Funmi is a Human Resource and Organizational development practitioner, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consulting (FIMC), a full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (MCIPM) and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, USA. Funmi has extensive work experience in different sectors across Pharmaceutical, Charity, Accounting, Information, Communication and Technology, and development sector. Having worked in different sectors, her track record has proven prowess for facilitating organizational effectiveness.
She is presently the Managing Partner for FTI Consulting Nigeria, former Director Organizational Effectiveness ActionAid Nigeria; and was the Human Resources Business Partner covering 9 countries in East and West Africa for ActionAid International. Her contributions to the development sector in people and organizational development is widely recognized and acclaimed in many nations of the world. Funmi sits on the Board of Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organization as the Board Chairperson.
Managing Partner, FTI Consulting Nigeria Abuja (June 2022 till date)
Director, Organisational Effectiveness – ActionAid Nigeria, Abuja (Nov 2009 – May 2022)
Interim Country Director – ActionAid Nigeria, Abuja (Nov 2017- January 2018)
HR Business Partner – ActionAid International, Johannesburg (Sept 2016 – Dec 2016)
Org. Devpt Country Support – ActionAid International Senegal (June-Aug. 2017, July 2018)
Head, HROD & Essential Services – ActionAid Int’l Kenya (May 2017; April 2015-Dec 2015)
Org. Development Country Support – ActionAid International DRC (May 2015)
Head, Human Resources – Global InfoSwift Technologies Lagos (July 2008 – Oct 2009)
Human Resource/Marketing Coordinator – Tidy Bond, UK (Sept 2005 – August 2007)
Office Manager/Recruitment Personnel – RCCG UK (Nov 2002 – July 2005)
Human Resources Manager – Fidson Healthcare Limited, Lagos (Sept 1995 – July 2001)
Recognition and Awards
Funmi was recognized by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Victory House London, for a Diligence and Commitment award of the year in 2003;
Long service award by ActionAid Nigeria in recognition of her solidarity with the poor and excluded in 2014;
Award of Excellence presented by National Association of Crop Production and Protection
Students of the Faculty of Agriculture in Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife in recognition of her meritorious contribution to the Department of Crop Production and Protection in 2019.
10 years Long service award by ActionAid Nigeria in recognition of her solidarity with the poor and excluded in 2019.
“It is wisdom to sit down and think of a solution to your challenges as the other person might not see it the way you do.”
Building effective organizations
Funmi has experience in coordinating several strategic planning, organizational redesign, policy formulation and security management in several countries in Europe, East and West Africa.
She has experience leading organizational restructuring, designing change management for improved corporate performance and capacity building of small, medium enterprises and large organizations. Funmi is well versed in building capacity of the governance structure of Boards and leadership of organizations.
Funmi is an expert in developing effective performance management systems that ensures reward equity and motivation of staff; she is also adept at facilitating team building activities for effective organizational performance.
Out of the Depths
Funmilayo Oyefusi’s book, Out of the Depths is a fiction-styled autobiography that chronicles an aspect of her life, that highlights how she rose above the challenges she was faced with after losing her husband barely 34 months after the wedding. The relocation, breaking glass ceilings and drastic decisions were a mix of emotions of how she struggled through the ups and downs of life.
The book is written to encourage anyone going through life challenges that they can come out of the depths by discovering the strength and courage to forge ahead. It will be launched in May 2021.
Excerpts from the Book “Out of the Depths”
I looked forward to going back to school with a bit of
excitement and apprehension, but I was not sure of what to
expect or how I would cope with studies and work at the same
time in a strange land.
A month after I settled in, I received a call from immigrations.
‘Ma’am, we noticed that you changed your course of study to
Management Studies as against Business Administration that you
My heart raced, ‘Oh, I …I’ I stammered as I tried to put words
together. ‘Yes I changed it with the support of the university,
I found that it suited my objectives better.’
‘In that case you need to come over to our office. What you did
is against the UK’s immigration laws and may be punishable by
retrieving your visa and deporting you.’ The man’s voice sounded
like he was struggling to control himself.
I sighed deeply and looked up to the ceiling, ‘Okay I would come
to your office this morning.’
‘Thank you, ma’am.’
I immediately called Nneka, Deola and Fred to ask for advice on
what to do. Fred had remained a strong support since he learnt
of Fola’s demise. He continued to be there for the children andI.
Deola too was a friend who had been supportive since Fola
died. He was very helpful all through the process of relocation.
He always kept in touch and paid me and the children visits.
‘Hmmm, you need to get an immigration lawyer to act for you.
Those people can be mean o.’ Nneka said angrily. ‘This course,
that course, no be the same school?’ She asked, kissing her teeth.
‘Kemi, just try to be calm. Everything will work out well and
yes, it’s true that you will need an immigration lawyer.’ Deola
confirmed. ‘That person would be in the best position to speak
as your advocate.’
It did not take me time to get an immigration lawyer. Mr Wilkins
came highly recommended, and I kept tabs on him to follow up
with immigrations. They were bent on sending me back to Nigeria
for changing my course of study without informing them. It took
two harrowing weeks to clear my name. On some days I would sit
with Jide and his wife and just cry my eyes out.
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Funmi has two adorable children, a girl and boy, she loves to have intimate moments with them which is why going on vacations with them as often as her schedule permits is not negotiable.
She has proven experience in being a counsellor, life coach, mentor to many especially young people. Funmi enjoys working with youth to build their self-esteem and encourage them to add value to their society. Being also a teacher of the word of God, she holds her Christian values very dearly and is passionate about her belief in God.
“The ability to change your life is in you, discover that grit.”