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Dr Kolawole Adebayo (PhD International and Rural Development 2002) 

Biography

I am a Reader at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria and currently manage the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa (CAVA) Project at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Chatham, United Kingdom. My interests include dissemination of agricultural innovations in smallholder farming systems, management of agricultural development and rural livelihoods. I won the Commonwealth Spit-site Doctoral Scholarship (used at the University of Reading) in 2001, two International Foundation for Science (IFS) Research Grants between 2004 and 2006; Junior Chambers International (JCI) Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2006 and the World Bank Development Marketplace Competitive Grant in 2008.

Why did you choose to do a PhD at the University of Reading?

The University of Reading is renowned worldwide as a leading centre of the agricultural sciences.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

It is a very relaxed environment to study. The people are kind and the town is peaceful.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their PhD?

Have a plan and stick to it. Operate a 24 hour calendar and don't forget to "chill out".

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I now manage a multi-national cassava project in Africa. This is a result of more than 15 years of fruitful collaborations with colleagues all over the world. The training at Reading was an immense preparation for this work.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

International Research and Development is a very demanding job. Frequent travel is a basic requirement, but ability to operate creatively in teams with high diversity of background is an advantage.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

The University of Reading offered me the opportunity to see beyond my national boundary and allowed the conceptualisation of a worldview for agricultural research and development.

Why did you decide to give to the University of Reading?

Giving is the only way future generations could enjoy the world class training that I got from Reading. I wish I can do more.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The University of Reading is where my career got the lasting focus. Participating in the Reading Half Marathon in 2002 was one of my favourite memories

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