University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Olukemi Babalola, MBcHB, MPH, MSc
Research Intern, Population Council Inc, South Africa
Dr Kemi Babalola was born on the 22nd of August 1966. She graduated from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria in 1991 with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBcHB) degree. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 2004. Kemi secured the membership of the West African College of Physician (MWACP) qualification in 2008. She recently obtained a Master of Science (MSc) degree in the field of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (2014). The Nigerian Institute of Management, Nigeria, also certifies her as a Professional Manager.
Dr Babalola held several positions in the government of Nigeria from 1994 to 2013 and rose to the position of Director of Medical Services of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Nigeria before her decision to re-invent her career into a more research-oriented and teaching position within a more global setting. She was opportune to have been educated despite her parents’ lack of the Western Education. Disadvantages of poverty framed the setting of her socio-economically disadvantaged background. This informs her decision to delve fully into a more intensive research career in the field of adolescent reproductive health that she has always loved. Currently she is in an internship with the Population Council Inc to reposition her career more appropriately within a more global setting. She also serves as Project Manager for the Centre for Statistical Analysis and Research (CESAR), South Africa. She possesses an insatiable quest for knowledge, a passionate learner, researcher and lover of adolescents and youths; she bonds easily and is an accomplished team-builder. She is unbelievably youthful, a multi-tasker, energetic and enjoys extensive travelling.