Olasumbo Adelakun

Olasumbo Adelakun

Professional Background

Dr. Olasumbo Adelakun (Ola) brings a wealth of experience in driving positive public health outcomes within underserved communities and in creating organizational cultures in which people feel represented and valued. Having lived on three continents, she is committed to studying difficult human conditions and providing those impacted by them with both voice and hope for change.

She received her doctorate in Leadership and Policy at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY, and her dissertation focus was Infant Mortality rates in Nigeria; the Gaps in Healthcare Policy. Upon completion, she was awarded the distinguished Reverend Dr. Stephen J. Denig Memorial 2020 Research Award, presented to the Doctoral Degree recipient whose dissertation best reflects the Vincentian Mission of Niagara University. This includes service to the underprivileged, becoming a leader who will make a difference in their local community and the larger world, learning about the challenges and causes of poverty, and getting involved in activities which serve people's basic needs while striving for both excellence and humility.  

Dr. Adelakun continues to strive to investigate key human issues that impact contemporary societies and the various political and policy realities that need to be addressed to improve human conditions. 

Her penchant for improving the life experiences of others is also reflected in her previous work at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England and as an Educator with not-for-profit organizations that provide comprehensive services to children and families in Ontario, Canada, where she resides.

In addition, she gained extensive experience in the food industry earlier in her career.

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D., Leadership and Policy, Niagara University, Lewiston
  • BASc., Occupational, Public Health and Safety, Ryerson University, Toronto
  • MPhil., Analytical Chemistry, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
  • BSc, Environmental Chemistry, Lagos State University, Lagos