In the world of global leadership and development, Eniola Mafe’s name is synonymous with excellence and substance; after all, her name can be loosely translated to mean “someone of wealth” in Yoruba. A British citizen of Nigerian descent, she has built an impressive career of service, and is truly the epitome of what it means to give back. Her path in the field of Foreign Affairs was destined for greatness

Mafe attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. While at Spelman, she was engaged as an active leader on campus, where she served as the Founder and President of Professional Ladies Understanding Success – a not for profit organization that was established to enhance the leadership and professional development of students at Spelman. She subsequently attended Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she received a Masters degree in Foreign Service with a focus on German and European Studies

An early start in her career as an Analyst with Merrill Lynch allowed her to understand the role that corporations played in sustainable development. Her roles subsequently paved the way for her work with non-profits, governments, foundations and multinational institutions, where she has been able to bridge the gap between business and grass roots efforts. She is currently the Program Manager at The Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation, a broad based partnership which supports programs and activities that enhance the quality of life in the Niger Delta Region in Nigeria. Her role helps to facilitate discussions among various stakeholders as the foundation seeks to drive change as well as to lead strategic initiatives that helps the organization achieve its mission

A recognized global leader, Mafe was highlighted as one of “Top 99 under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” by the Diplomatic Courier in 2012. An advocate for women’s development, she is a frequent speaker across different platforms on women’s development and entrepreneurship in Africa

Mafe is a member of the Eta Kappa chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc

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