PROFILE: PROFESSOR AYOBAMI SALAMI
Prof. Ayobami Salami is a thorough-bred University manager as well as a renowned academic and environmental scientist whose experience span the domains of research, mentorship, and environmental consultancy. He obtained B.Sc. (Hons.), Geography with Second Class Upper Division from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1986. He was awarded the Lufadeju Prize for the best graduating student in Urban and Regional Planning Courses. He won a UNDP Fellowship for a specialized training in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) from 1989-1990. He holds a PhD degree with specialization in Space Applications and Land Use/Natural Resources Management (1996). Prof. Salami started his career as a Teaching/Research Assistant in the Department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University from 1987 until 1991 when he was employed as an academic staff in the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Studies of the same University. He rose through the ranks to become a Professor on 1st October, 2003. He was the Pioneer Head of Environmental Science, University of the Gambia, The Gambia from 2000-2001. He has also had teaching and research experience in the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Natural Resources Department, International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands.
He established the Space Applications and Environmental Science Laboratory (SPAEL) in 2005 and served as the Director, Institute of Ecology & Environmental Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University from 2006-2010. He had a brief stint in the private sector as the Senior Research Adviser on Environmental Assessment, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Port-Harcourt, Nigeria from 2010 to 2011.
Prof. Salami has held several senior management positions in the course of his career among which are the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria (2011-2016). Project Manager, the World Bank sponsored Centre of Excellence (CoEx) in Software Engineering: Science & Technology Education at Post-Basic Levels (STEPB) Project (2011-2013); and the Centre Leader, World Bank sponsored African Centre of Excellence on ICT-Driven Knowledge Park (2014-2016). He has coordinated many multi-disciplinary projects for several national, regional and international organizations. He was the Programme Coordinator (West and Central Africa), for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)- sponsored International Training Program on Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education, (2008); and Consultant to UNEP for the Terminal Evaluation of Project GEF/GFL-2328-2770-4889 on Integrated Ecosystem Management in the Trans-Boundary Areas Between Nigeria and Niger (2010.) He was the Nigerian Principal Investigator for the IDRC multi-country Research Project (N°:105714 – 001) on The Practice of Ethics in Health and Environmental Research in Africa from (2010-2013). Prof. Salami coordinated the Nigerian capacity building component of the EU-sponsored project on Monitoring of Environment for Security in Africa (MESA) (2013-2017) as the Lead Remote Sensing/GIS expert.
Professor Salami has obtained numerous grants from several organizations such as National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja; Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Ecological Fund Office, Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, The Presidency, Abuja; National Centre for Remote Sensing, Jos; International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands; International Secretariat of System Analysis for Research and Training- International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Washington D.C.; UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; United Nations Development Program (UNDP); United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy; Ramboll Natura AB, Sweden; International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM), Japan; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA); and United Kingdom Department for International Development (UK-DFID) among others.
Prof. Salami has over seventy (70) publications to his credit and has been an Eisenhower Fellow (USA) since 2009.
He was appointed the Pioneer Vice Chancellor, The Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan in May, 2017.