His Excellency Mr. Adeyinka Olatokunbo Asekun, born 1956 in Nigeria is a corporate management expert, the current Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada is also an accomplished banking and marketing executive.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin where he bagged a BSc in Business Administration majoring in Marketing. He went on to obtain an MBA from California State University.
His professional career began in 1983 with S.C. Johnson & Son (U.S.A.), where he had numerous positions in sales, merchandising, field intelligence, the implementation of sales and marketing programs at the retail level, marketing research, and product management. Since then, he has held numerous managerial positions in Nigeria and overseas, mostly in the financial services industry.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
His Excellency Mr. Adeyinka Olatokunbo Asekun got a prize for product innovation while working at United Bank for Africa Plc. He was the team leader that created and introduced two extremely successful and creative consumer lending products.
He became Non-Executive Chairman of Wema Bank Plc in December 2012 after joining the board in August 2012, switching from a regional license to a national banking license and launching Africa's first fully digital bank (ALAT). In May 2017, he gave up his position as the Bank's chairman.
Adeyinka served as the Chief Executive Officer of Hebron Limited, a full-service training and consultancy firm based in Lagos, Nigeria, before being named the Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada. He was also a Non-Executive Director of e-payment services provider eTranzact International Limited.
His major priority since he was appointed Nigeria's High Commissioner to Canada has been to strengthen business connections between the two nations. The Governor-General of Canada, Her Excellency Julie Payette, visited Nigeria in October 2018 and two Nigeria Canada Investment Summits were hosted in Abuja (November 2018 and November 2019), giving potential Canadian investors the chance to network with Nigerian policymakers, regulators, and business leaders.