Dr. Hafsat Oduwole Balewa is a highly accomplished Trade and Investment Specialist, Development Enthusiast, Project Manager, and Global Entrepreneur. Born into the prestigious family of Chief Oduwole in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria, she has dedicated over three decades to promoting global investment and facilitating trade exchanges in various industries such as Oil and Gas, Real Estate, Manufacturing, and Fashion, both within Nigeria and internationally.
Dr. Hafsat Oduwole Balewa is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurship development, job creation, and social progress. She invests a significant amount of her time in initiating and leading numerous initiatives and projects for the Nigerian government at both the state and federal levels. These endeavors aim to address the structural and systemic challenges that impede development, perpetuate poverty, and contribute to unemployment.
Her educational background is extensive, having acquired diplomas and degrees from reputable institutions such as the African School of Diplomacy and International Relations in Nigeria, the International Institute of Experts on Political Economy and Administration, and the Estam University in Cotonou, Benin Republic. In recognition of her remarkable contributions, she has received honorary Doctorate degrees from ASDIR Nigeria and a university in the United Arab Emirates.
Dr. Hafsat Oduwole Balewa has held several significant positions throughout her career. In 2020, she was appointed as the Director General of the Pan-African Chamber of Culture, Trade, and Investment. In 2021, she became a Director on the Governing Board of the Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone, and in 2022, she assumed the role of Chairman of the Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone.
Her exceptional achievements have garnered recognition and numerous awards. In 2019, she was honored as the Distinguished CEO of the Year by Papyrus Magazine. She also received the Pan African Humanitarian Award in 2020 and was acknowledged as the Biggest Female Philanthropist in Nigeria by the National Youth Reform Group in 2019, among other accolades.
In addition to her professional success, Dr. Hafsat Oduwole Balewa has been granted prominent chieftaincy titles in various communities, including Gimbiya Dan Maliki of Tafawa Balewa Township, Gimbiya Sardauna of Giade, and Gimbiya Sardauki of Worno.
Dr. Hafsat Oduwole Balewa is happily married and blessed with children. Her dedication to trade, investment, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy has made her a respected figure in Nigeria and beyond.