• Adenike Akinsemolu: Founder, Green the Campus Initiative

Adenike Akinsemolu is a passionate environmental researcher, educator, and female child advocate. Born in Ondo State Nigeria, Adenike is the author of numerous studies, which have appeared in reputable publications. Her passion for the environment propelled her to study Environmental Microbiology at Babcock University. Subsequently, she received a postgraduate diploma in Education at Obafemi Awolowo University.

A former intern at Clinton Foundation, Adenike’s work and enthusiasm for youth and the environment have taken her all over the world. In order to make environmentalism a part of the everyday experience of Nigerians, Adenike started the Green Campus Initiative. This initiative began at the Adeyemi College Campus, a college of Obafemi Awolowo University, where she is a lecturer. By creating Green ambassadors on college campuses across Nigeria, Adenike’s movement aims to positively impact the ways in which Nigerian youth incorporate green living into all elements of their lives – from riding bikes to taking shorter showers. Her pioneering work in Green Advocacy was honoured and recognized at the 2015 Nigeria Energy Awards. 

Additionally, Adenike founded the Girl Prize, which provides financial and mentorship support for young Nigerian secondary school girls with an interest in the sciences. She currently an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and recently appointed as a member of the National Steering Committee of the Sustainable Energy Practitioners Association of Nigeria. 

When she is not raising the next generation of green leaders or women scientists, she can be found working on her PhD in Environmental Microbiology, spending time in nature, and playing sports.


  • Toluwanimi Kolawole: University of Newcastle upon Tyne

“Tolu Kolawole is a doctorate researcher and also works as a research associate at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. His research work is on carbon capture in the energy and chemical industries as a short to medium term strategy to climate change abatement. Part of his research has also included working on an industrial CCS research collaboration work at Telemark University College Norway with funding from the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Council (UKCCSRC).He has presented  at various conferences and meetings on industrial CCS and climate change mitigation. He also works as Research consultant to the ThinkingDigital Conference UK and is on the organising committee for TEDxNewcastle&TEDxAkure, and volunteers for TEDxEuston.”


  • Prof. Ahmed Balogun, Coordinator, WASCAL

An applied meteorologist with a wide range of ability and experience in integrated atmospheric/environmental science: Agro-meteorology, Biometeorology, micrometeorology, air quality and urban climatology, renewable energies, natural resource management, fire meteorology, sustainability and climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. He is interested in understanding surface-biosphere-atmosphere interactions using micrometeorological techniques (eddy covariance), modelling and remote sensing. And also integrated atmospheric/environmental science that contributes cost effective low carbon technological solutions to the myriads of environmental challenges we face today.

He has done several projects mitigating Climate Change and is a proud inventor of several products mitigating climate Change