Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande, a Nigerian-born American citizen, is Professor of Economics and Dean of Webster University’s largest academic unit, the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology, a position he has held since June 2000. In November 2010, Dr. Akande took on additional responsibility as Chief of Webster University’s Office of Corporate Partnerships.
Webster University, founded in 1915 with its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is a Tier 1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations around the world including metropolitan, military, online and corporate, as well as American-style traditional campuses in North America, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Akande is credited for developing and nurturing numerous corporate and donor partnerships and is a recognized global expert in the areas of economics, higher education, strategy, marketing, and leadership. He is a result-oriented leader with strategic vision, proven experience in corporate and nonprofit environments and is widely-known and respected for versatility in assuming challenging and demanding responsibilities and leading multiple projects simultaneously with outstanding record of meeting and exceeding organizational goals. An excellent communicator, Dr. Akande possesses the ability to establish rapport and connect with diverse constituencies at all levels, public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
A passion for leading from where you are, storytelling and understanding the dynamics of strategic innovation, people, ideas and the economic climate drives me to educational leadership excellence. I wake up everyday and take a dose of constructive impatience, seeking to identify the next practice, problem to be solved, or idea that needs support. Enjoy these presentations as much as I have.