NEW YORK –Investor and philanthropist Gbenga Oyebode Esq. has joined the Teach For All Board of Directors. Oyebode brings a unique skill set to the organization with deep expertise in project finance, corporate and commercial law, energy and natural resources law, aviation law, and telecommunications.
“We’re thrilled that Gbenga is bringing his passion, experience, and perspective to the Teach For All Board, said Teach For All co-founder and CEO Wendy Kopp. “His leadership has made such a difference for Teach For Nigeria, and we’re excited to have his help in growing our impact across Africa and the world.”
As Chairman of Teach For Nigeria, Oyebode has championed greater access to education through his support of innovative programs to increase enrollment and school completion rates, as well as raise the quality of education overall.
“The success of our society begins with the education of our young people. And I have great respect for the work being done by Teach For All to foster leadership and end educational inequity,” said Gbenga Oyebode. “I look forward to working alongside my fellow board members to help make quality education more accessible to children around the world.”
Oyebode has served as the Chairman of Nigeria's foremost commercial law firm, Aluko & Oyebode, since 1993. He is also the most recent former Chairman of Access Bank Nigeria and Okomu Oil Palm Plc. In addition, Oyebode serves on the boards of NestléNigeria, MTN Nigeria, and sits on the board of trustees for Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He also consults for multinational and technology corporations on doing business in Africa.
Oyebode holds a Master of Laws from University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ife in Nigeria.
Gbenga Oyebode and his wife Aisha, co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, are honored to have a garden walkway at the University of Pennsylvania Law School named after them, and were recently featured in Town & Country Magazine as two of the Top 50 Philanthropists to Watch in 2017.
Teach For All continually evaluates opportunities to expand its Board to encourage diverse perspectives in support of their mission to ensure that children have the education, support, and opportunity to shape a better future in communities in every part of the world. Oyebode joins Teach For All's global Board alongside esteemed executives including: Ian Davis, Chairman of Rolls-Royce plc; Tomás Recart, CEO of Enseña Chile; and Dr. Antonella Mei-Pochtler, Senior Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group.
Jodi Brockington, Culture Shift Labs
About Teach For All
Teach For All is a global network of 48 independent, locally-led and governed partner organizations and a global organization that works to accelerate the progress of the network. Each network partner recruits and develops promising future leaders to teach in their nations’ under-resourced schools and communities and, with this foundation, to work with others, inside and outside of education, to ensure all children are able to fulfill their potential. Teach For All’s global organization works to increase the network’s impact by capturing and spreading learning, facilitating connections among partners, accessing global resources, and fostering the leadership development of partner staff, teachers, and alumni.