Meet the Speakers

Dr. Babatunde Omilola
Head of Public Health, Security and Social Protection Division in the Human and Social Development Complex

African Development Bank

Dr. Babatunde Omilola is currently the Head of Public Health, Security and Social Protection Division in the Human and Social Development Complex of the African Development Bank. In this position, he is responsible for managing the Bank’s multi-billion-dollar response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.
A development economist and international development expert, he previously served as Head of Development Planning and Inclusive Sustainable Growth at UNDP in New York, where he led a team of professionals on development planning, social protection, poverty, inequality, development finance, inclusive growth and the SDGs. In this role, he co-chaired the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on country monitoring and reporting of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including voluntary national reviews for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). He was UNDP’s Regional Practice Leader for poverty reduction and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the 23 Eastern and Southern African countries and UNDP’s Chief Economist and Head of Policy and Strategy in South Africa.Dr. Omilola was Africa-wide Coordinator and Program Leader of the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C. He handled the relationship of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) with the African Union Commission (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was also a research fellow on a collaborative Anti-poverty Program between the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), AfDB, FAO and the World Bank.
Dr. Omilola has received a number of awards for his work in development. In 2014, he was selected as a Fellow of Comparative Research Programme for preventing and eradicating poverty. He won the prestigious Ford Foundation International Fellowship in 2001 and the Graduate Research Fellowship of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada in 2004. He holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in International Development and Development Economics respectively from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

Dr Akeem Lawal (MBBS, MWACS (Nig), FRACGP)

Dr. Akeem Lawal is a medical doctor with almost 2 decades of medical experience. Akeem graduated from one of the prestigious universities in Nigeria and has background training in surgery. He also has a high level of training in emergency medicine and general practice in Australia.

Dr. Lawal has worked in different countries all over the world. He is also involved in teaching junior doctors and nurses. Due to his passion for teaching, he instructs in different courses for junior doctors with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and Australia Resuscitation Council.

Akeem also has a passion for telehealth medicine. He believes this may be the future of medicine. He is currently working on ways to advance this emerging trend of delivering medical care in his home country.

He loves traveling, adventures, watching movies, and meeting people. He is a strong believer in the power of positive thinking in all facets of life.

Tommy Adebayo

Tommy is currently the National Chairman of African Professionals of Australia. Tommy immigrated to Australia in 2001 to study as an international student and has remained in Australia since then. Tommy founded APA in 2005 due to his desire in ensuring that other migrants coming behind him does not experience similar challenges he experienced regarding integration into the Australian community and obtaining a job that commensurates to their professional qualification.

Tommy currently works for Total Marine Technology, a subsea engineering company in Perth Australia as a compliance manager. Tommy has over 14 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry managing subsea operation projects in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, Mexico, Cuba, Russia and Nigeria.

Tommy has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from University of Ilorin, Master’s degree in information Technology from Griffith University in Queensland, Post Graduate degree in Oil and Gas Engineering from the University of Western Australia and a Post Graduate degree in Occupational Health and Safety Management from Edith Cowan University. He is currently studying an MBA degree at University of Western Australia specialising in leadership management.

Tommy’s dream is to see all African communities in Australia coming together in unity to support each other and to work with other community groups to build a strong Multicultural society. With his quest to continuously contribute to the enrichment of people, he founded Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine in 2015, which currently has over 13,000 subscribers online.

Tommy is the author of Migrant Success 101 book which has been acknowledged by the migrant community as valuable tools kit for all new arrival to Australia.

Cynthia Musafili Wright

Cynthia Wright is a Social Entrepreneur, Social Care Corporate Manager, Australia Day Ambassador and founder of social enterprise Regions International formerly known as of Africa (RoA). She is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australia National lead for Innovate Africa. Cynthia has written various published articles on Resilience, Migration, International Education and Aged Care.

Cynthia is passionate about making a positive impact in the world through motivating and empowering leaders and changemakers. She is described by her peers as driven, dynamic and professional. Her strong leadership is strengthened by her ability to network with other passionate and focused individuals and build and maintain dynamic collaborations through strong communication and negotiation skills.

She is known as the one who can remain calm under pressure. Her roles include being a Clinical Consultant in corporate Australia, with eleven years’ experience in the aged care industry and five years in business management. Cynthia has also created numerous successful roles for herself: Chief Operating Officer of the Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine with over 13K subscribers; Editor-in-Chief of Australia’s very first African fashion magazine Face of Africa Australia Magazine: and Creative Director in collaboration with numerous well-known Australian fashion photographers, models and modelling agencies.

Cynthia’s passion in social care has seen her develop community engagement welfare programs such as Education in the Shoes of a Humanitarian Student. She was also the 2016-2017 Chairperson for the Organisation of Zambians Living in Western Australia (OZALIWA) with 4500 Zambians in WA

Dr. Motunrayo Adebayo MBBS, Dip FamMed, FRACGP, FACRRM

Dr. Rayo has worked extensively in various hospitals and Private surgeries in Overseas and Australia. She has over 27 years of experience as a General Practitioner, over 18 years of which is in Rural as well as in the Metropolitan area of Western Australia.

Her area of interest includes Family Medicine, Women’s Health, and Geriatric Medicine, and Chronic diseases management.

She holds Post Graduate degree in Family Medicine and an additional qualification in Women’s Health. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioner and also a Fellow of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

David Doepel

Chair, Africa Research Group at Murdoch University and Chair, Africa Australia Research Forum

David has held a number of positions in research management positions at Murdoch University including Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research and Development, Interim CEO of the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination, and Director, Research Institute for Resource Technology.

Prior to that he served in a variety of roles in the Western Australian Government, including Principal Policy Advisor (Science and the Arts) to the then Premier Alan Carpenter and inaugural Regional Director for the Americas for the Western Australian Trade and Investment Office in Los Angeles.

His current research interests include policy settings for structural transformation in an African context, the nexus between the extractive industries and the agricultural sector and farming system innovations.

David holds degrees from Murdoch University, the Melbourne College of Divinity and Boston University.

Dr. Olu Odude

Dr. Olu Odude has training and extensive clinical experience in the United Kingdom and Australia. He is passionate about holistic care and has experience in managing complex health care needs.

Special interest:
He has a special interest in Men’s Health; Women’s Health; Contraception including Mirena IUS and Implanon Insertion; Children’s Health; skin excision and Minor Procedures, Chronic Disease Management.


Special interests:  Hypertension, Diabetes, Asthma, Endocrinology, Child Health, Occupational Medicine, Travel Medicine, Mental Health, Dermatology/Skin Cancer management, and Geriatric Medicine/Aged Care.

Dr. Peter Oyewopo obtained his medical degree from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria in 1994.  After a few years practicing in Nigeria, he moved to South Africa for about 4 years where he obtained a post-graduate diploma from the University of Pretoria.  He practiced in Tasmania from June 2001 to November 2004 from where he relocated to Perth to assume management of this Practice.

Peter’s objective is to provide continuous, comprehensive, quality medical care to his patients according to the principles of family medicine.

Dr. Adeoye Abiodun

Born on 27th December 1965, Dr. Adeoye obtained his MBBS degree from the University of Ilorin in 1992. He undertook his Residency Training Programme in the Department of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan, and obtained the Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in Internal Medicine in 2006. He also possesses the fellowship certificate in Cardiology from the Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Madras Medical
Mission in 2007. He was appointed as Hospital Consultant Cardiologist from 2008 till 2012, subsequently, he was appointed as Honorary Consultant with effect from 1st July 2012. Dr. Adeoye served as the Deputy Chairman, MAC (Education & Training) effective from 1st April 2019 till when he was appointed as the Chairman, MAC of the Hospital.
Dr. Adeoye obtained the M.Sc. degree in Epidemiology from the University of Ibadan in 2014. He is a Fellow of many learned Societies which include the American College of Cardiology, European Society of Cardiology, International Society of Hypertension, Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases Madras Medical Mission, India, the World Heart Federation, and the Nigerian Cardiac Society. He is a member of the Nigerian Hypertension Society, the Nigeria Medical Association, and the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria. He has held leadership roles in various professional bodies such as Speaker, House of Representatives, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), UCH. 2000-2001, Assistant Secretary-General, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), UCH. 2001-2002, Secretary-General, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), UCH. 2002-2003, President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), UCH, 2003-2004 and General Secretary, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, 2012-2014, to name a few.
Dr. Adeoye is a winner of several grants and has undertaken several research projects. Also, he has attended many local and international Conferences and Seminars with over 60 publications to his credit. Dr. Adeoye is happily married to Mrs. Helen F. Adeoye, and their union is blessed with children

William Witham

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a successful track-record in the mining & metals industry. Skilled in Corporate Finance, Mineral Exploration, Copper, Lithium, Uranium, and Gold. Strong business professional and Government Relations specialist with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) (Hons) Geology from UWA.

Sepo Young

Sepo is a Mental Health Clinical Nurse Consultant with Western Austrian Country Health Services (WACHS) Emergency Telehealth service . She has extensive experience  across the life span, in Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Addiction and forensic nursing for over 15 years. Sepo has created diverse teams which have succeeded in achieving Evidenced Based practice.

When She arrived from Scotland to Geraldton in 2014, she identified the need of starting a depot clinic, which she created and coordinated, and this clinic is still running successfully.

In 2016, Sepo worked as Triage Officer in Bunbury, where she recognised that patients were waiting a long time from referral to having an initial assessment. Sepo pushed for the Community Assessment Support Team to be created and was the only clinician who started seeing patients within 48 hours of referral. The benefits of this service were real and won an award at the Remote Mental Health Conference in 2017. Sepo is proud to say this method of care is now being used by other services in Western Austria Country Health Services.  Sepo is a Course Creator and Mental Health Facilitator for Clinical Students.

Sepo has been working with for WACHS Emergency Telehealth Services for over a year and has seen how succeful Mental Health Emergency Telehealth Services (MH ETS) in saving lives of people in the country. Sepo says that MH ETS is a game changer with positive outcomes.