Fola Aina is passionate about evidence-based policy formulation and official statistics in national planning for national development.
In 2016, he was selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow by the United States State Department in recognition of his leadership potential.
Fola holds a bachelors with honours in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University, where he graduated at the top of his class.
He completed his second masters degree in African Studies at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, in July 2017. He had earlier obtained a masters degree in International Development Policy from Seoul National University (SNU), Seoul, South Korea in 2013 with distinction.
Fola is very interested in Peace and Conflict Studies, and is pursuing doctoral research in Leadership Studies at the African Leadership Centre in King’s College London. His doctoral research focuses on geostrategic regional security and peacebuilding in West Africa.
Fola has worked as a Research Assistant to the Statistician General of the Federation, National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria. He also worked as a Data Analyst for the Humanitarian Co-ordination Unit at the Office of the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.