Benjamin Ola Akande
Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Affairs-Africa, Director of the Africa Initiative, and Associate Director of the Global Health Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He is charged with strengthening and expanding the University’s efforts in Africa.
Dr. Akande is a respected economist, scholar and global consultant to Fortune 500 companies and institutions in the higher education space in the areas of strategy, leadership development, corporate responsibility and market positioning. He served as a director of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc., a $5 billion publicly traded manufacturer of high quality private food labels, including Post, which was later spun off.
Dr. Akande served as the 21st President of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri from 2015-2017 and was a tenured Professor of Economics and Dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University in St. Louis from 2000-2015. Dr. Akande is credited with building the school’s reputation, and positioning it as a globally relevant business school.
Dr. Akande holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma and completed post-doctoral studies at JFK School of Government, Harvard University and Saïd Business School at Oxford University in London U.K. Dr. Akande currently serves on the Board of Argent Capital, a $4 billion asset management company. He is a member of the Board of Enterprise Bank & Trust ($5 billion assets), serving on the Regulatory and Compliance Committee. He also serves as a board member of Forest Park Forever, chairs the Development Committee, and is a board member of the Muny.
With the experience to recognize when to take calculated risks and the confidence to make tough business decisions, Dr. Akande believes that the future belongs to those who can see it. He and his wife, Bola, a pharmacist, have three adult daughters.