Mr. Gbenga Oyebode, MFR is a lawyer with over 35 years of experience in corporate and commercial practice and holds an LL.M from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, an LL.B from the University of Ife. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (FCIArb) and the Nigerian Leadership Initiative and a member of the Nigeria Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association (IBA) amongst others. He was conferred Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti (2016) and Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria (2017). He is the Chancellor of Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, Nigeria.
Mr. Oyebode, MFR was conferred with one of Nigeria's highest honours, the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) in the year 2000. He was also conferred with the Belgian Royal Honour of 'Knight of the Order of Leopold' in 2007. He was the Chairman of Access Bank Plc (2005-2015), Director, MTN Nigeria Plc (2001-2019) and Chairman, Okomu Oil Palm Company (all listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange) and now serves on the Boards of Nestle Nigeria Plc and Socfinaf S.A (listed on the Luxemburg Stock Exchange).
He is the Chairman of CFAO Nigeria Plc. Mr. Oyebode MFR also sits on the Africa Advisory Committee of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), is the Chairman of Teach for Nigeria, Director Teach for All, New York, Member of the Global Advisory Council of the Africa Leadership Academy, Johannesburg, Director Jazz at the Lincoln Centre, New York and Director African Philanthropy Forum. Member Board of Trustees Carnegie Hall, New York, Member Board of Trustees Ford Foundation, New York and Director International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA), London. He is the founder and Chairman of the management board of Aluko & Oyebode (one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria).
He was appointed to the Board of Lafarge Africa Plc on April 8, 2020.