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Adedoyin Adele-Fadipe – An African Power & Energy Elites personality

Adedoyin Adele-Fadipe’s experience spans across Power Sectors in Nigeria, West and East Africa, Upstream Oil & Gas Development, Crude Oil & Petroleum Products Trading and Infrastructure Project Development. Adedoyin led the acquisition and a management team for Crude Oil & Petroleum Products Contracts, participated in policy design initiatives and has managed global project partnerships. Her core focus is on bankable end-user supply strategy and renewable energy.

This interview was originally published in African Power & Energy Elites 2021.

WHAT INDUSTRIES OUTSIDE OF THE POWER AND ENERGY SECTOR ARE YOU LOOKING AT FOR INSPIRATION?

For inspiration, I follow social development and sustainability, music and the creative arts, and information technology, digitalisation & IOT. Focusing specifically on music, is a universal language that brings people together in ways that breach barriers. I am deeply fascinated by the merging of European Classical music with traditional African rhythms. This is similar to the merging of foreign technology and business solutions into what must be uniquely African innovation.

The creative process of music and the arts is one that appears to me as being intrinsically common to the process of energy innovation. Both inspire the ability to think outside of set boundaries while staying true to the uniqueness of communities and culture.

The energy sector today is requiring a similar creative ethos in its innovative process of technology design, financing, changing global trends, business strategy and operating models, to mention a few. Music and the creative arts can also be used to have an extremely effective impact in the area of the host community.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH UNCERTAINTY AS A LEADER IN A TIME WHERE LEADERSHIP IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER?

In dealing with the uncertainties, I make an effort to keep in touch with other leaders in order to exchange experiences and lessons learnt and also to remain resourceful and objective.

I do a lot of research and study to keep up to date with trends and I try to keep an open communication channel with subordinates because they almost always have more insight than I do.

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