Michael Oladimeji FABORODE, a Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering and Registered Professional Engineer, was until recently the Secretary-General of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU/CVC), as well as the Committee of Pro-Chancellors (CPC). He served a 5-year tenure as Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 2006-2011. Before then, he was Dean of engineering (2002-2006) and Head of Department of Agricultural Engineering (1996-2002). He was President of the West African Society for Agricultural Engineering, 2002-2006, former Vice President, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), and a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers. He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. Prof Faborode received his B.Sc and M.Sc degrees at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and his Ph.D at the University of Newcastle upon Type, United Kingdom.
A thorough-bred academic, his academic accomplishments can be summarized by the fact that “even as Vice Chancellor, he was leading a British DFID funded research project and supervised PhD research students”. This commitment continues up until now. His research interests include biomaterial properties and bioprocess engineering; science, technology and innovation policy; technology, gender and sustainable development, and currently higher education and development. He was a 2013 Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation Study Centre at Bellagio, Italy. He is highly published and widely travelled, and serves on the 8-Member Strategy Advisory Committee of the National Universities Commission (STRADVCOM). He is happily married to Dr. Mrs. Helen Folake Faborode, a Lecturer in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development at the Obafemi Awolowo University, and the marriage is blessed with four children.