Iyiola Oladunjoye TELLA PhD is a Professor of Ecosystems Management. He has been involved in teaching, research and mentorship at the University level for 28 years. Promoted a full Professor in 2008, Iyiola TELLA has published more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles and supervised more than 45 successful postgraduate candidates; of which 16 are PhD. He has served at various times as Head of Department, Faculty Rep to Postgraduate School, Director of Research and Development at both Modibbo Adama University (formerly Federal University of Technology, Yola).
At the First Technical University, Ibadan (Tech-U), he is the pioneer Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development (I4SD), he has acted as Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance and, most recently, he was the Director of Partnerships and International Linkages.
Through the years, he has provided institutional support to some government ministries and agencies, and has also served several sister universities as an External Examiner and as an Assessor of Professors. He has also participated at many consultative workshops that addressed various ecosystem issues in Nigeria, and many African and European countries. He was, at a time, a Senior Research Advisor at Shell Petroleum Development Company (biodiversity matters) and, for several years, he has served as Lead Consultant for biodiversity studies and environmental audits commissioned by oil and gas companies (in the Niger Delta), and for several companies with interest in renewable energy (in Northern Nigeria). Professor Iyiola TELLA is active in several collaborative research that span: ecosystems restoration, plant-site interactions, ethnoforestry, ecosystem valuation, bioenergy, sustainable rural livelihoods, ecological modelling and sustainable development policy.
He is married to Dr. Dupe TELLA and they are blessed with children. His words: “Tech-U is a great project that is positioned to impact our dear country to great positive dimensions, and I consider my role a big God-ordained privilege.”