Mrs. Folusho Olaniyan, OON, is an independent Director on the Board of Odu’a Investment Company Limited. She is the current Chairman Psaltry International Company Ltd, an agro-allied Company in Oyo State with giant strides in the production of various cassava based industrial products (i.e. starch, flour, sorbitol and glucose). A former Managing Director of UTC Nigeria Plc, Mrs. Olaniyan is the founder of Contact Consulting Nigeria, a market research business advisory services organization that is facilitating agribusiness investment promotion and bridging gaps between investment hypothesis and impactful results.
Folusho served on the judging panel of the Rockefeller foundation Cassava Yield wise $1million dollars Challenge in 2016, for the promotion of innovation in cassava post-harvest practices.
She served as a consultant to the World economic forum Grow Africa project, on data assessment of maize, soya bean, and coffee sectors in Tanzania, Ghana, and Ethiopia in 2017.
Folusho also served as a member of the project advisory council of BASICS-a 4 year project cassava seeds system economic project funded by Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. From 2017-2020.
Folusho led the advocacy team on the AGRA $240,000USD funded policy reform project titled: Advocacy for the passage of the fertilizer control bill, the Nigerian independent warehouse regulatory agency bill, and the presidential assent to the Nigerian seed council Bill from 2018 to 2020.
Folusho is the current program Director of Agra innovate West Africa, an agribusiness tradeshow, with agribusiness conference and webinar series, funded by the Informa Connect Group United Arab Emirates. Informa is the world’s largest publicly quoted exhibition company. The Agra innovate agribusiness trade show and conference is an annual knowledge sharing and business partnerships/ deal making platform attended by 6,000+ visitors from over 20 countries across the globe.
She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing U.K. and a fellow of the Institute of Directors. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Lagos and a professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Cookham, United Kingdom.
In recognition of her contribution to the Nigerian food industry, Folusho was awarded National honours of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in September 2014 by the President and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.