About the Founder
Professor Muritala Olakitan Awodun is the pioneer Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service since 2015. Prior to his appointment, he was the pioneer Dean of the School of Business and Governance, and before that, the pioneer Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship both at the Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria. He is an Associate Professor of International Business and Entrepreneurship (since 2012) with teaching and research interests in Business Economics, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Emerging Economies and International Business. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Economics, Master of Science Degree in Economics, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Business. He worked with Guaranty Trust Bank in the early 90s before venturing into private business, and finally into academics starting with Lagos State University, Ojo in 1999.
Prof. Awodun was awarded the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Global Start-Up Workshop (GSW) African Scholar in Entrepreneurship Education for 2013, a fellowship received in February 2014 at Marrakesh, Morocco. He is a member of the on-going European Commission Diaspora Link Transnational Entrepreneurship Research made up of 27 universities and research institutions spread over Europe, United States, Latin America, Asia, Australia and Africa with the award of a European Commission Research Grant. He attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program (Leading with Impact - Europe) June – July, 2014 among several other advanced development programs.
Prof. Awodun received the National Association of Peace Studies Students (NAPSS) Peace Patriotic Ambassador for 2016. Also in 2016, he also received the Africa Best Rated Leadership Personality of the Year Award from the Africa Development Magazine Annual Conference which was held in Ghana. Prof. Awodun is the recipient of the Leadership Integrity Award, 2015, as well as the Kwara State University Award of Excellence also in 2015. He also received ENACTUS Nigeria Leadership Award in 2014 for his excellent leadership of Kwara State University Centre for Entrepreneurship. Under his directorship, KWASU Centre for Entrepreneurship won the Country Prize of Saville Foundation Pan-African Entrepreneurship Education Award for 2013 organized by 'Teach a Man to Fish' a United Kingdom non-profit organization in 2014. Dr. Awodun is also the winner of the 2014 African Entrepreneurship Education Award of Excellence received in Ghana in 2014 from African Development Magazine.
Prof. Awodun was a trainer/mentor of the Federal Government of Nigeria Youth with Innovation in Nigeria (YOUWIN) Business Plan Competition since 2012, and mentor/partner of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Business Plan Competition (2014). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Financial Managers, London, the Institute of Entrepreneurs, Nigeria, and the Institute of Direct Marketing of Nigeria. He is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Administration (Nigeria), Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), Consortium of Entrepreneurship Education, Global Entrepreneurship Program, Academy of Management (United Kingdom), and Academy of International Business (United States). Prof. Awodun is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.
Prof. Awodun was a Mobil Producing Unlimited Scholar for three consecutive sessions (between 1987 and1990) as an undergraduate student. He was a member of the Ford Foundation/Nigerian Copyright Commission Research Team that conducted the Survey of Copyright Piracy in Nigeria between 2005 and 2007 which was published in 2008 with a Ford Foundation Research Grant. Prof. Awodun also served as the National Researcher for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in the conduct of research on the Economic Impact of Copyright-Based Industries in Nigeria in 2008. He is also a recipient of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Research Grant (2012) for the conduct of the research on the 'Informal Sector and Urban Poverty in Nigeria'.
Prof. Awodun has published seven books, and was the Managing Editor of Lagos Organization Review, Public Sector Review and Management Discoveries, between 2005 and 2009. He is an editorial board member of Community Entrepreneurship Review, Unilorin Journal of Management, Decision Review and KWAREVENEWS.
Prof. Awodun is married to Mrs Marian Awodun and blessed with five children.