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Meet Dr. Ayo


Dr. Ayokunu (‘Ayo’) Adedokun is the Founder and President of Future-Ready Coaching Academy. He is a political scientist and international development specialist who studies global conflict, peacebuilding, democracy, corruption, and anti-corruption policies. He also provides advice to governments and international organizations on how to promote peacebuilding and development in countries emerging from civil wars. He is passionately engaged with research in education innovation, including a growing interest on students’ well‐being and the changing nature of work in the 21st century. He is currently the Chair of the Programme Council and an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and International Development at Leiden University College (LUC) in The Hague, the Netherlands. Prior to joining Leiden, he served as Special Adviser on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State in Nigeria. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at the American University of Nigeria (AUN). Prior to joining AUN, he was a Research Fellow and Tutor at the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) and Maastricht University Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) in the Netherlands. He has also worked and consulted for the World Bank Group, United Nations and the British Council.  Dr. Ayo has won multiple international awards, grants, and scholarships. He received the Leiden University Best Teacher of the Year Award in 2021 for excellence in teaching. Similarly, he was one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year Prize for 2022 in the Netherlands. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Oxford University Clarendon scholarship, and the World Bank Group Fellowship Programme.

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