Akindeji A. Falaki
Specialist in Climate Change Adaptation, Renewable Energy, and Rural Development
Ph.D. in Agricultural Extension, M.Sc. in Rural Development, B.Sc. in Agriculture
Lead Low-Carbon Technologies Expert for Nigeria & Senior Consultant on Climate Change Adaptation, Renewable Energy, and Rural Development, Transcarbon International
Akindeji A. Falaki is a specialist in climate change adaptation, environmental sustainability, renewable energy, and rural development, with over 10 years of experience working for a variety of not-for-profit and private institutions in those areas. He is particularly interested in how smallholder farmers perceive and adapt to climate change in poor rural communities.

Prior to joining Transcarbon as Lead Low-Carbon Technologies Expert for Nigeria and Senior Consultant on Climate Change Adaptation, Renewable Energy, and Rural Development, he has been involved in policy analysis and development for the Government of Nigeria in the areas of climate change adaptation, environmental sustainability, and disaster risk management, with keen insight in community mobilization and stakeholder engagement, as well as in communication and project management. Currently, he is also a Member of the Expert Task Team of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on the Development of a National Framework on the Application of Climate Services in Nigeria and a Focal Person for the communication sector in the framework of the National Contingency Plan on the Development of the Join Humanitarian Action Plan in Nigeria.

Throughout his career, Akindeji has stressed the need to consider the social dimensions of science and technology projects, emphasizing community participation and ownership in the context of social justice. As Member of the National Steering Committee of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Nigeria, his expertise in stakeholder engagement and community mobilization was crucial to the achievements of the project Access to Sustainable Energy in Rural Communities under the Nigeria Energy Efficiency Programme of the Energy Commission of Nigeria and the UNDP. Also, he coordinated community mobilization actions to ensure successful participation in the Great Green Wall Nigeria Programme, in the context of the Great Green Wall pan-African proposal to battle desertification and ecological degradation in Africa, conceived in 2005 by the former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and strongly supported by President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal. Additionally, among other assignments, he conducted consultancy work for Oxfam GB Nigeria on the impacts of climate change on smallholder farming in Northern Nigeria.

Akindeji holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Agriculture, a Master’s degree (M.Sc.) in Rural Development, and a Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Agricultural Extension, all from the University of Ilorin (Nigeria). He is a Member of the Peak Professional Body for Agricultural Scientists and Consultants in Australia, the AG Institute of Australia, the Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST), and the Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria.

A national of Nigeria, currently based in Australia, he is a native speaker of Yoruba and fluent in English.